Competition: Major League Soccer Regular Season – FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo
Venue: Toyota Stadium – Sunday, October 4 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)
Match Odds: FC Dallas 3/4 – Draw 15/4 – Houston Dynamo 100/30
FC Dallas look to push for the Western Conference and continue their hunt for the Supporters’ Shield on Saturday night as Houston Dynamo visit Toyota Stadium for the third Texas Derby of the year.
With two losses in a row, Dallas have lost control of top spot in the Western and need to get back to winning ways quickly to stay within contention with just three weeks to go.
However, their recent form suggests they are prone to a slip up, having lost five of their last eight in MLS and winning the Supporters’ Shield may now be a bridge too far.
FC Dallas’ record in MLS: P29 – W14 – D5 – L10
Houston have lost both previous meetings in this season’s rivalry, with a 2-0 loss and a 4-1 drubbing leaving them without a chance of claiming El Capitan in 2015. The Dynamo have remarkably lost 2-0 away from home five times this season, so scoring on the road is no easy task for Owen Coyle’s men.
And with just three wins in their last eight they have remained short of the form necessary for a playoff berth.
Houston Dynamo’s record in MLS: P31 – W11 – D8 – L12
They are, surprisingly, only three points off Portland in the race for sixth in Western Conference and so a playoff spot is still theirs to play for as we approach the end of the regular season.
FC Dallas have two first teamer’s doubtful as Dan Kennedy and Bakary Soumare missed the loss to LA Galaxy and may miss the visit of Houston.
Houston Dynamo will be without Jermaine Taylor who has a right quadricep tear and will miss the trip. Kofi Sarkodie has a bruise on his right knee but should be fit to feature.
FC Dallas’ last five: W/W/W/L/L
Houston Dynamo’s last five: W/L/L/W/W
Key Stat: FC Dallas have won six of their last seven at home in MLS.
Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The sensational winger has proven once again this season what an asset he is to Dallas and MLS. The Columbian has become the main man for Dallas and as such we believe he will inspire another home win.
FC Dallas 2-0 Houston Dynamo – After an impressive stint at home and with the playoffs edging closer, we expect Dallas to ease to victory, probably earning a clean sheet in the process to seal this year’s Texas Derby series with a 100% record.