Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo
Venue: Toyota Stadium – Thursday, June 3 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)
Match Odds: Dallas 3/5 – Draw 3/1 – Houston 9/2
Dallas come into the tie off the back of their 0-0 draw with San Jose, which was a missed opportunity to go top of the Western Conference.
Oscar Pareja will be pleased with how his side are performing. They are unbeaten in their last four outings, although that draw last time out did end a three-game winning streak.
A win here would be a great way to head into the two-week international break for Dallas as they would go top of the West due to Colorado not playing. Home form for Dallas suggests a win is a likely outcome, as they are unbeaten in their last 14 regular season outings at Toyota Stadium.
Houston Dynamo remain bottom of the Western Conference and come into this one off the back of their 1-1 draw with Vancouver.
Houston are not bottom of the Supporters’ Shield standings but that is only by a point. They will be looking to build some slightly better form and work their way up the table now.
Dynamo have picked up seven points in their last five games and if they can continue to improve in the coming weeks they are more than capable of turning their season around.
FC Dallas could be without up to seven. Matt Hedges, Alex Zendejas, Maximiliano Urruti and Michael Barrios could are all carrying injuries, while Carlos Gruezo, Maynor Figueroa and Kellyn Acosta are all missing through international duty.
Houston Dynamo have two injury concerns to Raul Rodriguez and DaMarcus Beasley. They will be without Giles Barnes who is also on international duty.
FC Dallas’ last five: L/W/W/W/D
Houston Dynamo’s last five: W/L/W/L/D
Key Stat: FC Dallas are unbeaten in their last 14 regular season games at Toyota Stadium.
Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The Dallas winger has that something special which can unlock any defence. He has three goals so far this season and will be looking to add to his tally here.
FC Dallas 2-0 Houston Dynamo – Dallas to extend their unbeaten home run and heap more misery on Houston. The Dallas faithful will be expecting nothing less than a win in this one and so long as Pareja’s players don’t have any lapses in concentration they should take three points.