Major League Soccer: New York City FC vs FC Dallas
Yankee Stadium – Sunday, April 29 2018 – 18:30 ET (23:30 BST)
UK TV Coverage: Live on Sky Sports Football
New York City FC vs FC Dallas: Preview
New York City FC are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they host still-unbeaten FC Dallas on Sunday night. The visitors are the last remaining unbeaten team in the league but travel to Yankee Stadium as underdogs.
New York City got handed their first defeat in emphatic style, as Portland ran out 3-0 winners at Providence Park last weekend. NYCFC couldn’t handle the Timbers’ intensity and ultimately paid the price. It was the first time they failed to score in an MLS game since September (also against the Timbers).
More of these at Yankee Stadium on Sunday 🤞#ForTheCity
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) April 26, 2018
Patrick Vieira’s men are expected to bounce back here. They are a real force at Yankee Stadium, having won all three home games so far this season by an aggregate scoreline of 8-1. However, they’ve still yet to record a victory over FC Dallas since entering the league in 2015.
FC Dallas haven’t really impressed all that much but the fact they’ve yet to lose shows Oscar Pareja’s men have the right attitude. They beat Philadelphia Union 2-0 last weekend to move up to third in the West.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) April 26, 2018
It’s unlikely that Dallas will come out attacking NYCFC on Sunday night. Instead, they’ll likely look to frustrate the hosts before breaking with pace on the counter. A draw would still represent a good result for the visitors as they look to keep their unbeaten streak going.
This will be the fourth clash between the two sides and NYCFC are still searching for their first win over Dallas. The past two games have both ended in score draws after Dallas won 2-1 in the first-ever meeting at Toyota Stadium in 2015.
New York City FC vs FC Dallas: Team News
New York City FC
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: None.
🚑 Out: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (hamstring).
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: Kellyn Acosta (sports hernia surgery), Jesse Gonzalez (finger strain).
🚑 Out: Brandon Servania (compartment syndrome), Jesus Ferreira (core muscle repair surgery), Paxton Pomykal (right meniscus surgery), Maynor Figueroa (right knee strain).
New York City FC vs FC Dallas: Key Stats
NYCFC’s MLS form: N/A
FC Dallas’ MLS form: N/A
Key stat: NYCFC haven’t lost consecutive MLS matches in just over two years – last losing two in a row in April 2016.
New York City FC vs FC Dallas: Prediction
New York City FC 2-1 FC Dallas: This could be an intriguing battle. Portland showed last weekend that this NYCFC team can be beaten with the right game plan and Dallas will undoubtedly arrive looking to frustrate the hosts. However, New York City FC have been far too good at home so far this campaign and they will expect to hand Dallas their first defeat of the season here.