Competition: Major League Soccer Regular Season – FC Dallas vs. New York City FC
Venue: Toyota Stadium – Saturday, September 12 – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)
Match Odds: FC Dallas 7/10 – Draw 3/1 – New York City FC 7/2
Dallas have the potential to top the Supporters’ Shield standings if they win both their games in hand on Vancouver Whitecaps.
They look to have bounced back from a recent dip in form after back-to-back wins they mean business and will feel confident heading into this one.
FC Dallas’ record in MLS: P26 W13 D5 L8Embed from Getty Images
New York City FC are at the opposite end of the MLS standings, with just one win in their last six, reflecting a difficult month for City.
NYCFC have failed to register an away win since the fifth of july, when they defeated Montreal Impact 2-1. And as such have slipped down the Eastern Conference.
New acquisition Frank Lampard has struggled to make much of an impact for his side and NYCFC look short of the playoffs this term, despite still being in with a shot.
New York City FC’s record in MLS: P27 W7 D7 L13Embed from Getty Images
FC Dallas may be without duo Mauro Diaz and Dan Kennedy who are both suffering with minor injuries. Bakary Soumare is also a doubt with a concussion.
New York City FC are missing George John, Tony Taylor and Connor Brandt. Javier Calle, Khiry Shelton and Mehdi Ballouchy are all doubts.
FC Dallas’ last five in MLS: L/L/L/W/W
New York City FC’s last five in MLS: L/W/D/L/L
Key Stat: FC Dallas have won five of their last six at home in MLS.
Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The Columbian winger is proving one of the most exciting talents in MLS and his pace and dribbling have drawn in many suitors from Europe, stopping him will be a priority for NYC on Saturday night.Embed from Getty Images
FC Dallas 3-1 New York City FC – Dallas will be favourites for this one as they are extremely consistent at home. New York may cause problems for the MLS title contenders but we expect Dallas to ease to three points.