MLS Preview and Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Houston Dynamo

Competition: Major League Soccer Fixture: Vancouver Whitecaps Vs. Houston Dynamo

Venue: BC Place – Saturday, March 26 – 23:00 ET (03:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Vancouver Whitecaps 3/4 – Draw 13/5 – Houston Dynamo 15/4

Match Preview

Vancouver Whitecaps welcome Houston Dynamo to BC Place on Saturday night looking to get their second win of the season against their Western Conference rivals. The Dynamo will be looking to get a third victory in four matches after a fine start to the campaign.

The Whitecaps sit in unfamiliar territory in ninth place after three weeks. They will rue missed chances from their opening games, particularly in the loss to Montreal on opening weekend, and need to pick back up now.

Of the three fixtures played, Seattle Sounders would of looked, on paper at least, as the toughest   opening game but they overcame Sigi Schmid’s men by a 2-1 scoreline last week.

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Pedro Morales netted two penalties in that victory, taking his tally to three for the season – with all goals coming from the spot.

Vancouver now have back-to-back home games and they must make them count as they try to climb the table or questions will start to be asked of their credentials.

Houston Dynamo are the league’s top scorers with eleven goals so far – the most of any MLS team after three games in history. Will Bruin is a man in form at the moment with three goals to his name and is the league’s joint top scorer.

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They will consider themselves unfortunate that they lost against the New York Red Bulls 4-3 last Saturday, having been 3-1 up, but they must now show their resilience by bouncing back here.

Owen Coyle will be satisfied with the start the Dynamo have made to their campaign and they could still have many more surprises up their sleeve as the season unfolds.

Team News

Vancouver Whitecaps have a few players on international duty with Marco Carducci, Kendall Waston, Tim Parker, Christian Dean, Blas Perez, Christian Bolanos and Marco Bustos all away with their national teams. A calf strain keeps Russell Teibert out of the clash.

Houston Dynamo will likely be without captain Giles Barnes, who is struggling with a hamstring injury. Cristian Maidana has a concussion ruling him out, while Tyler Deric is also out with an abdominal injury. Oscar Boniek Garcia is away on international duty as is Erick Torres.

Key Points

Vancouver Whitecaps’ form: L/L/W

Houston Dynamo’s form: W/W/L

Key Stat: Houston Dynamo have never won at BC place.

Key Player: Pedro Morales – The Vancouver captain has three goals already this season. He is a leader on the pitch and is so vital to this Whitecaps side that need to start putting wins on the board. The Chilean has plenty about his game and will want to keep up the impressive form for the Whitecaps against their Western Conference rivals.

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Score Prediction 

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Houston Dynamo – Both teams are more than capable of scoring goals, there is no doubt about it. A draw would likely be a fair result because of the international break, causing disruptions for the hosts as they have several internationals in their side. It would be seen as a good point if Dynamo get anything from it and they will expect to in what could be a tight affair.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids

Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids

Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, October 25 – 19:00 ET (23:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Portland Timbers 4/9 – Draw 100/30 – Colorado Rapids 6/1

Match Preview

Portland Timbers take on Colorado Rapids at Providence Park on Sunday evening as the home side look to secure a playoff spot on MLS Decision Day.

The Timbers are currently fourth in the Western Conference with 50 points, two ahead of fifth and sixth placed Seattle and SKC who both have 48, so a draw would do the job for Caleb Porter’s men.

Although, a victory for Portland would not only guarantee a top six finish but they could also sneak in through the back door to clinch an automatic semi-final spot should LA Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps both fail to win.

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Portland should come into this game full of confidence after an incredible performance last weekend saw them thrash LA Galaxy 5-2 away from home, sealing their third win in four games.

Portland Timbers’ MLS record: P33 – W14 – D8 – L11

Colorado Rapids cannot qualify for the playoffs and haven’t been able to for a while now – they will also certainly finish bottom of the Western Conference, irrelevant of their result here.

However, they did put an end to a run of four straight defeats with a remarkable 2-0 victory away at Sporting Kansas City in midweek to record their first win in seven games.

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Pablo Mastroeni’s side can play with freedom on Sunday in the knowledge that this is no more than a formality for them and there is no pressure other than to end on a high.

Colorado Rapids’ MLS record: P33 – W9 – D10 – L14

The Timbers won the last meeting between these two sides 2-1 back in May. They also beat the Rapids 2-1 the last time they met at Providence Park in July 2014. Colorado have beaten Portland just once in their last seven meetings (D2, L4).

Team News

Diego Valeri will miss the game for Portland Timbers through suspension after picking up too many yellow cards. Ben Zemanski (knee) remains a long-term absentee, while Will Johnson (leg) is a major doubt.

Colorado’s Michael Harrington (foot) is unavailable, while there are also doubts over the fitness of Drew Moor (foot), Dillon Serna (hamstring) and Jared Watts (toe). Sam Cronin is suspended after being sent off against SKC.

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Key Points

Portland Timbers’ last five: L/W/L/W/W

Colorado Rapids’ last five: L/L/L/L/W

Key Stat: Portland Timbers have recorded just one victory in their last six home games.

Key Player: Fanendo Adi – The big Nigerian forward is on fire. He’s bagged five goals in his last four games, including a brace at LA Galaxy last weekend. He’s a real handful and the Rapids will struggle to stop him.

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Score Prediction

Portland Timbers 3-1 Colorado Rapids – The Timbers should comfortably seal their playoff spot and if results go their way, they may even pinch an automatic semi-final place.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs LA Galaxy

Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy

Venue: Sporting Park – Sunday, October 25 – 19:00 ET (23:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 6/4 – Draw 5/2 – LA Galaxy 13/8

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City welcome LA Galaxy to Sporting Park for a crucial MLS Decision Day encounter on Sunday evening as both sides still have it all to play for.

SKC are currently sixth in the Western Conference and clinging on to a playoff spot by the skin of their teeth with just one point separating them from San Jose in seventh.

Their fate is still in their own hands and they know that a win in this game is vital in order to secure a place in the postseason – a draw may still be enough but they would be relying on San Jose failing to beat FC Dallas or Seattle Sounders losing against Real Salt Lake.

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Peter Vermes doesn’t bring his team into this game in particularly high spirits after a poor run of form. They’ve lost their last two games without scoring and have won just two of their last 11 (D2, L7).

Sporting Kansas City’s MLS record: P33 – W13 – D9 – L11

LA Galaxy arrive in Kansas having experienced similar fortunes to their opponents recently. Since a run of four straight victories through August, the Galaxy have managed just one win in their last six (D2, L3).

Most disappointingly, they were convincingly beaten 5-2 at home to Portland Timbers last time out in MLS, although they did pick up a 1-1 draw away to Guatemalan side Comunicaciones in midweek, which saw them win their CONCACAF Champions League group stage and advance to the quarter-final.

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Despite a run of poor results, Bruce Arena’s side are still second in the Western Conference and will clinch an automatic semi-final berth with victory – a draw would be enough if Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers both fail to win.

Whatever the outcome, LA Galaxy will be in the postseason having already secured a top six finish.

LA Galaxy’s MLS record: P33 – W14 – D9 – L10

The last meeting between these two sides saw LA Galaxy edge a 2-1 home victory back in April. The last clash at Sporting Park was a 2-1 success for SKC in July 2014.

Team News

SKC have a number of doubts as Ike Opara (achilles), Seth Sinovic (hamstring), Amadou Dia (knee) and Roger Espinoza (foot) are all struggling with injuries.

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LA Galaxy will be without injured goalkeeper Brian Perk (ankle) and Bradford Jamieson IV (concussion). Todd Dunivant (foot) and Baggio Husidic (leg) are also doubts.

Key Points

Sporting Kansas City’s last five: L/D/W/L/L

LA Galaxy’s last five: D/L/W/D/L

Key Stat: LA Galaxy have only kept one clean sheet away from home in MLS this season.

Key Player: Robbie Keane – LA Galaxy have scored more goals than any other side in the Western Conference and Keane is one of the main reasons why. He has 19 goals and eight assists this season and has netted in his last three. He will be hoping for more of the same on Sunday.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 1-1 LA Galaxy – Neither side comes into the game with any real form to boast about. As a result, we could see a tight affair with both sides relying on other results to decide their fate.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Columbus Crew vs DC United

Competition: Major League Soccer – Columbus Crew vs DC United

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Sunday, October 25 – 17:00 ET (21:00 GMT – Live on Sky Sports 2)

Match Odds: Columbus Crew 11/10 – Draw 12/5 – DC United 12/5

Match Preview

Columbus Crew host DC United in a key Eastern Conference clash as part of the first ever MLS Decision Day on Sunday evening.

All ten Eastern Conference sides will face off against each other at the same time, with Columbus and DC fighting for a second-place finish. That’s important as a top two finish will earn them a knockout round bye in the upcoming MLS Playoffs.

Both sides have secured a playoff slot but a bye week will be a huge prize and effectively makes this a playoff game as we end the regular season.

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Columbus will be without Federico Higuain and goal machine Kei Kamara. That will hamper their chances but they have won three of their last five in MLS.

Columbus Crew’s MLS record: P33 – W14 – D8 – L11

They have lost their last two at home though and that will give DC United some much-needed confidence.

DC hadn’t won in six coming into October but back-to-back wins over New York City and Chicago Fire have put them back on track.

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A third-straight victory would be huge before the playoffs and would push them straight through to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

DC United’s MLS record: P33 – W15 – D6 – L12

This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season. Both previous games were at RFK Stadium with DC winning 2-0 in the earlier meeting, before Columbus won 2-1 in September.

Team News

Columbus will be without star attacking duo Federico Higuain and Kei Kamara as both will serve a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation. Chad Barson and Kristinn Steindorsson are ruled out through injury, while Matt Lampson is a doubt.

DC United travel to Columbus without Eddie Johnson, Chris Korb or Davy Arnaud as all three remain injured.

Key Points

Columbus Crew’s last five: W/W/L/L/W

DC United’s last five: D/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: Columbus have conceded at least two home goals in each of their last five games in MLS and haven’t kept a home clean sheet since mid-April. Leaky.

Key Player: Chris Rolfe – Rolfe is DC United’s leading goalscorer with ten and found the net in the most recent meeting with the Crew in September.

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Score Prediction

Columbus Crew 2-2 DC United – This is an enormous game for both clubs as a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference is up for grabs and that will mean a knockout round playoff bye. DC have struggled away from home of late, though Columbus can’t seem to keep clean sheets at MAPFRE Stadium. That should lead to an entertaining game but a draw looks the most likely result. That would see DC seal second place.

MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Toronto

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Toronto FC

Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, June 6 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Sunday, June 7)

Match Odds: DC United 6/5 – Draw 23/10 – Toronto 9/4

Match Preview

DC United welcome Toronto to RFK Stadium for an MLS clash between two Eastern Conference sides looking to further strengthen their grip on a playoff place on Saturday night.

DC currently lead the Eastern Conference by seven points and recent home victories against Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire put an end to a run of three games without a win.

Ben Olsen’s side haven’t tasted defeat on home soil in MLS this season (W6, D3) and are establishing themselves as serious contenders for not only the conference and Supporters’ Shield titles, but also the MLS Cup when it comes around at the end of the year.

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The only possible negative statistic that DC will want to put right in this fixture is that they haven’t managed to win more than two games consecutively so far this season.

Toronto have enjoyed their longest unbeaten streak of the season having avoided defeat in their last three games (W2, D1) – they secured an impressive 3-1 home win over San Jose Earthquakes last time out.

Greg Vanney’s side have propelled themselves to fourth in the Eastern Conference with 16 points from the first 11 games and will be hoping to start putting some daylight between them and seventh.

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The Canadian side are unbeaten in their last three away games (W2, D1), conceding just one goal in those matches – Toronto will also only have eight away fixtures remaining after this game.

DC United have won the last two meetings between the two sides with the most recent victory a 3-0 home success back in July 2014.

Team News

DC United will be without the injured Michael Farfan (hamstring), Taylor Kemp (groin) and Chris Pontius (hip). There are also fitness doubts for Chris Korb (leg) and Miguel Aguilar (knee), while Jalen Robinson is on international duty.

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Toronto’s Clement Simonin (knee), Steven Caldwell (achilles) and Daniel Lovitz (knee) are all out injured. Jozy Altidore (hamstring), Colllen Warner (hamstring) and Robbie Findley (achilles) are also doubts, while Michael Bradley and Marky Delgado are on international duty.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: L/D/L/W/W

Toronto’s last five: W/L/D/W/W

Key Stat: DC United are undefeated in their last 17 home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Italian has been excellent so far this season and will need to produce the goods once again if Toronto are to have any hopes of getting something from the game.

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Score Prediction

DC United 1-1 Toronto – DC are excellent at home and are unlikely to lose, but Toronto have come into some form recently and will fancy themselves to pick up a valuable point on the road.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Philadelphia Union vs New York City FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC

Venue: PPL Park – Saturday, June 6 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Sunday, June 7) – Live on Sky Sports 1

Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – New York City 3/1

Match Preview

Philadelphia Union and New York City FC will clash for the third time in the 2015 MLS season when they meet at PPL Park on Saturday night.

The Union come into this encounter off the back of an impressive 3-0 win at home to the Columbus Crew in midweek, which marked their third win in four games – their only other game in that time was a narrow 2-1 loss away at DC United.

Philadelphia’s recent good run of form has lifted them to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings as they now occupy the final playoff place after 15 games.

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Jim Curtin’s side had only won one of their opening 11 fixtures and seemed to be set for a miserable season but they’ve been revitalised in the last few weeks and will be aiming for a playoff finish.

By contrast, New York City are suffering a barren run of form that has seen them go 11 games without a win (D4, L7), although they have drawn two of the last three.

David Villa scored his first goal since early April at home to the Houston Dynamo last time out to secure a point for Jason Kreis and his team who are three points adrift at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

NYCFC will be looking to the Spaniard to inspire them once again as they seek an elusive victory, although it’s going to be a tough ask on the road against an in-form Philadelphia side.

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These two sides met twice in a week back in April with Philadelphia winning their home game 2-1, while it was honours even in New York as it ended in a 1-1 draw.

Team News

Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake (knee) is inured, as is midfielder Michael Lahoud (leg). The Union also have injury doubts over Steven Vitoria (hamstring), Ethan White (groin), Antoine Hoppenot (hamstring), Conor Casey and Fernando Aristeguieta (both leg).

New York City FC are without the injured George John (knee), Josh Williams (groin), Javier Calle (groin) and long-term absentee Tony Taylor (knee). There are fitness concerns for Khiry Shelton (knee), Ned Grabavoy (pelvis) and RJ Allen (leg). Mix Diskerud will also miss the game because of international duty.

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Key Points

Philadelphia Union’s last five: L/W/W/L/W

New York City FC’s last five: L/L/D/L/D

Key Stat: New York City have never won an away game in MLS (D2, L4).

Key Player: Sebastien Le Toux – The Frenchman has found his goalscoring boots in the last week with two goals in two games, so he’ll be hoping for more of the same.

PICTURE: Sebastien Le Toux - Courtesy of www.playingfor90.com

PICTURE: Sebastien Le Toux – Courtesy of www.playingfor90.com

Score Prediction

Philadelphia Union 2-1 New York City FC – The Union are in good form and we could see a repeat of the scoreline that saw them beat a struggling NYCFC side at home back in April.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs LA Galaxy

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. LA Galaxy

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Sunday, May 31 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Monday, June 1)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 5/4 – Draw 23/10 – LA Galaxy 11/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution welcome LA Galaxy to Gillette Stadium for a repeat of the 2014 MLS Cup final and the only fixture between these two sides in the 2015 MLS regular season.

The Revs come into this crucial encounter seeking revenge for the 2014 MLS Cup final defeat, but they’re on a run of four games without a win (D3, L1), although they’ve only lost once in their last 11.

Jay Heaps’ side are currently second in the Eastern Conference with 20 points from their opening 13 games and are also unbeaten in seven matches at home so far this season (W3, D4).

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LA Galaxy have put an end to a five-game winless streak by winning two on the bounce, beating both Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake 1-0 at StubHub Center.

Bruce Arena will be concerned with the Galaxy’s away form as they haven’t won any of their seven games on the road this season (D3, L4) – in-fact, LA haven’t won any of their last 13 away games in MLS.

The Galaxy are currently fourth in the Western Conference with 20 points from their first 14 games and a win here could potentially take them level with conference leaders Seattle.

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The last time these two met was of course the MLS Cup final in December 2014 that saw LA Galaxy win 2-1 after extra-time. The game was tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes before a Robbie Keane strike made the difference.

The most recent regular season meeting was a comprehensive 5-1 victory for LA Galaxy in July 2014 and the last fixture at Gillette Stadium saw the Revs thrash Galaxy 5-0 in June 2013, so this couldn’t be harder to predict.

Team News

New England Revolution will be without Darrius Barnes (knee) through injury, while key players Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney will miss the game through suspension after they were both sent off against DC United last week.

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LA Galaxy defenders Todd Dunivant (knee), Robbie Rogers (achilles) and A.J. DeLaGarza (foot) could all miss out through injury, while goalkeeper Brian Perk is a long-term absentee with a broken ankle.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five: W/D/D/L/D

LA Galaxy’s last five: D/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: New England are undefeated in their last 17 home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Robbie Keane – The Galaxy have automatically looked more convincing since their skipper returned to action and he could play a crucial role in helping LA to secure a positive result.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 LA Galaxy – The Revs have drawn their last two home games 1-1, making it a likely scoreline against a Galaxy side that have won two on the bounce and have recovered well from the 4-0 loss in Orlando two weeks ago.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Orlando City vs Columbus Crew

Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. Columbus Crew

Venue: Citrus Bowl – Saturday, May 30 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST – Sunday, May 31)

Match Odds: Orlando City 5/4 – Draw 12/5 – Columbus Crew 21/10

Match Preview

Orlando City and Columbus Crew clash in MLS for the second time this season when they meet at Citrus Bowl on Saturday evening.

Head coach Adrian Heath can be very happy with Orlando’s last two results as they picked up a valuable point in a 1-1 draw away at San Jose Earthquakes last weekend, and thrashed LA Galaxy 4-0 at home the week before.

The win over the Galaxy was the Lions’ first ever victory at home and they’re now sixth in the Eastern Conference standings with 13 points from their opening 12 games.

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If Orlando avoid defeat in this game, it will also be the first time they have strung together a run of three games without defeat.

Columbus Crew are fourth in the Eastern Conference with 15 points and drew their last game at home to the Chicago Fire in disappointing fashion as they let a two-goal lead slip, conceding a devastating last-minute equaliser to tie the game.

The Crew have managed just one victory in their last four games (D1, L2) and also haven’t won a game away from home yet this season, so they’ll be looking to break that trend (D2, L3).

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Gregg Berhalter’s Columbus side eased to a 3-0 victory when these two sides met in the reverse fixture in April, thanks to goals from Federico Higuain, Justin Meram and Kei Kamara.

Team News

Orlando City will be without Pedro Ribeiro (hamstring) and Kevin Molino, while Lewis Neal (neck), Tony Cascio (back) and Aurelien Collin (hamstring) are all doubts. Brek Shea will miss the game through suspension after his red card against San Jose.

Columbus Crew midfielders Wil Trapp (concussion) and Ethan Finlay (toe) are both doubtful.

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Key Points

Orlando City’s last five: L/D/L/W/D

Columbus Crew’s last five: W/L/W/L/D

Key Stat: Columbus Crew have conceded at least two goals in their last four matches in MLS.

Key Player: Kaka – The Brazilian has been excellent in Orlando’s recent good performances and will be vital to his side once again.

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Score Prediction

Orlando City 2-2 Columbus Crew – Orlando are full of confidence after their last two games and there’s always goals when Columbus play, but they just can’t win away from home. A high scoring draw could be the order of the day.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs FC Dallas

Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas

Venue: Sporting Park – Friday, May 29 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST – Saturday, May 30)

Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 11/10 – Draw 23/10 – FC Dallas 23/10

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas clash in MLS for the second time this season when they meet at Sporting Park on Friday night.

The hosts are currently sixth in the Western Conference and have recorded some impressive results in recent weeks, with a 4-2 win at home to New England Revolution, followed by a 0-0 draw away at Seattle in their double gameweek.

If you had offered SKC head coach Peter Vermes four points from those two games beforehand, he would’ve almost definitely been happy with that outcome.

The two good results last week extended SKC’s unbeaten run to five games in a period where they also picked up a valuable point away at DC United. They’ve now lost just one of their last ten (W4, D5).

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FC Dallas are second in the Western Conference and come into this game off the back of a disappointing 2-1 defeat away at Montreal Impact which marked their third loss of the season.

This will be the second of five consecutive games on the road for Oscar Pareja‘s side as they look to get through this tough period of the season.

Dallas will be slightly concerned over Fabian Castillo‘s availability after he missed training on Wednesday and will be hoping he’s fit enough for action come kickoff time.

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These two sides met on week two of this season in a game that saw FC Dallas run out 3-1 winners at Toyota Stadium thanks to two goals from Blas Perez and a Fabian Castillo strike.

That win for Dallas was the first time they’d beaten SKC in four attempts, drawing two and losing one of the previous three meetings.

Team News

Sporting Kansas City defenders Ike Opara, Seth Sinovic and Chance Myers are all out injured. Roger Espinoza, Bernardo Anor, Marcel de Jong and Dom Dwyer are also doubts in an SKC squad that continues to look slightly depleted.

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FC Dallas will continue to be without defender Stephen Keel, while, as mentioned, Fabian Castillo is a slight doubt.

Key Points

Sporting Kansas City’s last five: D/W/D/W/D

FC Dallas’ last five: D/W/W/D/L

Key Stat: There have been 32 goals in games involving Sporting Kansas City – that’s the same number of goals in games involving FC Dallas and is higher than any other teams in the Western Conference, so we can hope for more of the same.

Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – With more assists (7) than any other player in MLS this season, as well as chipping in with three goals, stopping Feilhaber from pulling the strings is going to be a tough task for FC Dallas.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 1-1 FC Dallas – It’s tough to separate these two sides coming into this. If Dwyer isn’t fit for SKC then it will be a big blow and equally for FC Dallas if Castillo misses out. The hosts are in good form but Dallas will need to recover from their poor result in Montreal.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs DC United

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. DC United

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, May 23 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST – Sunday, May 24)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – DC United 100/30

Match Preview

New England Revolution and DC United clash at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night for a vital MLS encounter between the top two Eastern Conference sides.

The Revs are playing their second match of a double gameweek after they suffered a 4-2 defeat away at Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday – their first loss for nine games (W5, D4).

Jay Heaps‘ side are unbeaten at home in 2015, winning three and drawing three. They’ve also only conceded three goals on home soil.

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Despite being second in the Eastern Conference with 19 points from their opening 12 games, the Revs are without a victory in their last three and will be desperate to return to winning ways.

DC United suffered a shock 1-0 defeat away at Philadelphia Union last weekend after conceding an injury time goal which put an end to the eight-game unbeaten run that had driven them to the top of the Eastern Conference.

Ben Olsen will be disappointed with his side’s lacklustre performance against the Union and will be urging the players to replicate the form they’ve shown prior to that loss.

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A win for DC would extend their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference to at least four points – if New York Red Bulls fail to beat Philadelphia, they’ll be five points clear, laying down a real marker after one third of the season.

Out of the three meetings between these two sides in 2014, New England came out on top twice and DC once. The most recent clash ended in a 2-1 home win for the Revs.

Team News

New England will be without long-term absentee Darrius Barnes, while Daigo Kobayashi is a doubt having missed the last two games. If Bobby Shuttleworth returns to the starting line-up, he’ll be be hoping to fare better than Brad Knighton did on Wednesday as he conceded four. Andy Dorman is suspended after accumulating too many yellow cards.

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DC United’s Collin Martin and Steve Birnbaum are both out, while Fabian Espindola and Luis Silva are doubts for the game.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/D/D/L

DC United’s last five: W/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: DC United have won just once out of their last nine visits to New England (D2, L6).

Key Player: Juan Agudelo – He picked up another goal against SKC with some great, composed play before calmly slotting the ball past the ‘keeper. Agudelo is New England’s joint top goalscorer this season and could be the difference on the night.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-1 DC United – The home advantage for the Revs should see them just edge it against their Eastern Conference rivals by the same scoreline as their previous three wins over DC.