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MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs FC Dallas

LA Galaxy vs FC Dallas Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas

Venue: StubHub Center – Sunday, September 27 – 21:30 ET (02:30 BST) 

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 4/7 – Draw 14/5 – FC Dallas 9/2

Match Preview

It’s third against second in the Western Conference, in one of the standout fixtures this weekend, as LA Galaxy host FC Dallas at StubHub Center.

LA Galaxy are level on points with their opponents but have played two games more, so this is an important game as both sides are pushing to win the Supporters’ Shield.

Galaxy come into this one off the back of their 3-0 away loss against Real Salt Lake and are now winless in three. Their poor away form has cost them the chance to be leading the way for the Supporters’ Shield and Galaxy know they must win all their remaining games if they are to stand a chance of the silverware.

The previous two meetings of the season between the sides have been at Toyota Stadium where they have won one of those games each. Galaxy will be hoping they can take the upper hand and pick up six of the nine points on offer from the three fixtures and make home advantage count.

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FC Dallas are strong contenders for the Supporters’ Shield as they can top the Western Conference if they win their game in hand.

They come into this one off the back of their 3-1 loss away against Sporting Kansas City, which ended their three game winning streak.

FC Dallas will be aware they will allow Galaxy the chance to apply pressure in the race for the Supporters’ Shield if they don’t take anything from this game and they will not want to have to rely on their games in hand to make up for a poor performance here.

Dallas will be looking to put their winless run at StubHub Center to bed, they have not won here in six attempts, since 2010. This has the makings of a game to watch.

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Team News

LA Galaxy are without Brian Perk, while Jose Villarreal and Todd Dunivant are doubts for the tie. Both sides show great discipline and have no players nearing suspension.

FC Dallas have five injury concerns. Mauro Diaz, Dan Kennedy, Bakary Soumare, Stephen Keel and Kellyn Acosta are all doubts.

Key Points

La Galaxy’s form: W/W/L/D/L

FC Dallas’ form: L/W/W/W/L

Key Stat: LA Galaxy are unbeaten in their last seven home games in MLS.

Key Player: Steven Gerrard – Galaxy need Gerrard to help steer them out of their three game winless streak. He is expected to perform and lift his side when they’re underperforming.

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Score Prediction

La Galaxy 2-2 FC Dallas – The sides to share the points with Dallas’ poor record at StubHub Center to continue.

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About Lewis Addley (606 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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