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FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders | 2018 MLS Match Preview and Prediction

Injury-hit Sounders travel to Dallas for Sunday's lone MLS fixture

FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders | 2018 MLS Preview and Prediction

Major League Soccer: FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders

Toyota Stadium – Sunday, March 18 2018 – 17:00 ET (21:00 GMT)

UK TV Coverage: Live on Sky Sports Football

FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders: Preview

FC Dallas welcome Seattle Sounders to Toyota Stadium in Sunday’s lone MLS clash. The Western Conference rivals will be looking to challenge at the very top of the standings this season, so Sunday’s contest should be a good one, even at this early stage of the season.

Dallas have had a long time to prepare for Sunday’s clash. They haven’t played since the opening day of the season, when they drew 1-1 at home to Real Salt Lake. The 15-day rest will mean they are fresh, but the lack of match practice might also be a hindrance for Oscar Pareja’s men.

FC Dallas are unbeaten in seven MLS games at Toyota Stadium and will be looking to get three points on the board against the Sounders on Sunday. They have plenty of talent in attack to hurt what looks likely to be an injury-hit Seattle team.

The Sounders will still be hurting following Wednesday’s 3-0 CCL loss at Chivas de Guadalajara. That defeat saw them eliminated from the quarterfinals of the Champions League 3-1 on aggregate. What was perhaps more damaging though were the number of injuries picked up before and during that game.

Nicolas Lodeiro was ruled out before the game with a foot sprain before Chad Marshall and Will Bruin were substituted with injuries during the first-half. It’s unlikely any of the trio will be in action at Dallas.

Brian Schmetzer has a tough job on his hands to get anything from Sunday’s game. He has been left shorthanded and with a team that needs a pick-me-up. They too haven’t played an MLS game since opening weekend, when they lost 1-0 to LAFC at home. There’s a feeling that getting anything from Sunday’s game would have to be seen as a positive.

FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders: Team News

FC Dallas

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: None.

🚑 Out: Kellyn Acosta (hernia surgery), Anton Nedyalkov (Achilles tendon), Brandon Servania (Compartment Syndrome surgery).

Seattle Sounders

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: Will Bruin (head), Chad Marshall (eye), Victor Rodriguez (undisclosed), Nicolas Lodeiro (foot sprain).

🚑 Out: Jordan Morris (torn ACL), Osvaldo Alonso (thigh).

FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders: Key Stats

FC Dallas’ MLS form: L

Seattle Sounders’ MLS form: L

Key stat: FC Dallas are unbeaten in their past eight home games (including playoffs) against Seattle Sounders, winning five and drawing three of those clashes.

FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders: Prediction

FC Dallas 3-1 Seattle Sounders: The Sounders would usually be capable of getting a positive result in a game like this but given their mounting injury crisis, it’s hard to see them leaving with anything. Dallas know they are in a good position to pick up their first win of the campaign and should be able to do so.

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About Louis East (1287 Articles)
Editor of MLSGB.com. Premier League and MLS reporter.

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