Competition: MLS Playoffs (Western Conference Semifinal First Leg) – Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas
Venue: CenturyLink Field – Sunday, November 1 – 21:30 ET (02:30 GMT)
Match Odds: Seattle Sounders 21/10 – Draw 12/5 – FC Dallas 13/5
The Sounders come into this one off the back of their 3-2 home win over LA Galaxy in the knockout round on Wednesday, eliminating last year’s MLS Cup winners so they will be feeling confident, especially with home advantage again in the first leg here.
Seattle have an excellent record at home to Dallas and have won five of the last six meetings between the sides at CenturyLink Field.
The hosts are unbeaten in their last nine games and they have certainly hit form at the right time of the year. They need a big performance in this one in order to stand the best chances of progression over the two legs.
FC Dallas finished top of the Western Conference and will want to win the MLS Cup even more after missing out on the Supporters’ Shield on goal difference to the Red Bulls.
They come into this one off the back of beating San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on the final day of the regular season and are unbeaten in five now.
Dallas know all too well how hard it is to pick up results at CenturyLink Field, having not won there since 2011 but have had an extra week to prepare for this game and should be the fresher side as a result of their first-round playoff bye.
If they can avoid defeat here they stand a great chance of progressing but know this is going to be a difficult tie in front of one of the league’s most intimidating crowds.
Seattle Sounders have five injury concerns heading into this one. Roman Torres, Andres Correa and Andy Craven are set to miss out while Oniel Fisher and Marco Pappa are doubts.
FC Dallas have three injuries to worry about. Rolando Escobar is expected to miss out while Bakary Soumare and Kellyn Acosta are doubts.
Seattle Sounders’ last five: D/D/D/W/W
FC Dallas’ last five: W/D/W/W/W
Key Stat: Seattle have kept a clean sheet against Dallas in each of their last three meetings in all competitions.
Key Player: Obafemi Martins – The Sounders forward has had another brilliant season in front of goal and he will be looking to make things tough for Dallas on home soil.
Seattle Sounders 2-1 FC Dallas – Seattle to continue their strong run of form at home to Dallas and set themselves up nicely for the second leg next weekend.