Competition: Major League Soccer – Toronto FC vs. FC Dallas
Venue: BMO Field – Saturday, May 7 – 19:30 ET (00:30 GMT)
Match Odds: Toronto 11/10 – Draw 5/2 – Dallas 12/5
Toronto come into this tie off the back of their 2-1 away loss against Portland. They sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference, which is impressive considering all their matches have been away from home.
This tie starts a run of four consecutive home games for Toronto. If they can make home form count they could find themselves at the top of the Eastern Conference and mount a strong challenge for the Supporters’ Shield.
Greg Vanney’s side will be under pressure from their home fans who will expect them to win against a Dallas side who have struggled on the road.
FC Dallas come into this tie off the back of their 4-0 drubbing at the hands of NYRB, a far from ideal result heading into this one.
Oscar Pareja’s side have conceded 17 goals already this season, which is a concern as they face a Toronto side who have only let in seven.
Dallas haven’t lost a Major League Soccer tie between the sides since 2007, but they will be aware of how tough this game will be.Embed from Getty Images
Toronto have just three injury concerns heading into this tie as Clement Simonin, Benoit Cheyrou and Jonathan Osorio are all expected to miss out. Vanney has no players suspended or nearing suspension.
FC Dallas are expecting to be without two as Alex Zendejas and Matt Hedges are both carrying injuries. Pareja also has no players missing through suspension.
Toronto’s last five: L/D/W/W/L
FC Dallas’ last five: D/W/W/L/L
Key Stat: Despite playing every game away from home so far this season Toronto have conceded the least amount of goals in Major League Soccer.
Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – An easy choice. The Toronto goal-machine has already scored six in his eight appearances this season. He will be looking forward to playing at home just as much as the Toronto fans will enjoy watching their star-player.
Toronto FC 2-0 FC Dallas – There will be a buzz about this game for Toronto. They have conceded less goals than games they have played this season and will be relishing the chance to play in front of their home fans. Dallas have struggled away from home and might not have enough to take anything from this clash.