Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo
Venue: Toyota Stadium – Sunday, May 29 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)
Match Odds: Dallas 4/7 – Draw 3/1 – Houston 4/1
Easily one of the standout fixtures of the weekend takes place on Sunday evening in the latest instalment of the Texas Derby. FC Dallas welcome Houston Dynamo to Toyota Stadium with the Western Conference sides locked level on points.
Dallas are sitting 3rd, having played a game less than Houston. Inconsistent form has cost them the chance to be in a really strong position at the top of the West, they could be leading the way with games in hand but are three points adrift.
They come into this one having lost back-to-back games. A crazy opening ten minutes which saw three goals was enough for Dallas to lose 2-1 at Chicago last time out and they need to get back to winning ways this weekend.
Houston Dynamo are 2nd and conceding goals has been a problem for the Texan side. While they are just three points off top spot they have just a plus two goal difference.
They have been in a rut of form on the road and have failed to pick up a point in their last five away games. This is going to be a big ask for them to break that trend, but you cannot rule anything out.
Houston do have a chance to to take advantage of a below par Dallas side but they are also coming into this one having lost their last two games.
Mauro Diaz is the only notable absentee for Dallas.
George Malki and Eric Alexander are both expected to miss out for Houston.
FC Dallas’ last five: D/W/D/L/L
Houston Dynamo’s last five: L/W/W/L/L
Key Stat: Houston Dynamo have lost their last five away MLS games.
Key Player: Maximiliano Urruti – The Dallas forward has scored six times this season but has failed to find the back of the net in his last three. Oscar Pareja and the Dallas faithful will be expecting him to break his duck here.
FC Dallas 2-2 Houston Dynamo – Given the form of the Western Conference pair ahead of this tie a score draw looks a likely result. While it leaves Dallas with a game in hand on Houston it does them no favours in the race for the Supporters’ Shield nor making the most of home advantage.