Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016
Kick-off: 2:00 UK Time
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Colorado).
It is the top of the table clash in MLS Western Conference when Colorado Rapids welcome FC Dallas to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday evening.
FC Dallas sit on the top of the Western Conference with 40 points from 22 matches. Whereas Colorado Rapids have 37 points from 19 matches and are second in the table. Their 3 point gap means Rapids have ever chance to overtake Dallas if they use their remaining matches well. This is the first of the three match series between the two sides in MLS 2015, but they had already met once this season in the US Open Cup fixture won by Rapids 2-1 in the added extra time.
The hosts for Saturday, Colorado Rapids are on an emphatic run in the league and lost just two games so far this season. They are currently on a 14 match unbeaten run and are yet to lose a match at home this season. However, they needed a late goal by Marlon Hairston to see-off Kansas City 1-0 in their last round fixture.
FC Dallas rose from the humiliating 5-0 defeat to Seattle Sounders with a 3-1 home win over Chicago Fire last weekend. This also marked Dallas’ fourth win in five matches and third in a row at home. At the same time, their form is inconsistent while playing away games. They suffered defeats in two of their last three trips and remain with 1 win from the last 4. Dallas failed to score in three of their last four away games.
Colorado Rapids: Team News
Bobby Burling is sidelined with an injury and this is the only player missing for Rapids as they prepare to welcome Dallas on Saturday.
Tim Howard is expected to keep his place in goal after a solid performance against Kansas City in the last round.
Colorado Rapids: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Howard – Burch, Sjoberg, Watts, Williams – Azira, Cronin – Gashi, Powers, Pappa – Doyle.
FC Dallas: Team News
Oscar Pareja has a fully fit squad at his disposal and will be able to field the strongest possible eleven.
Chris Seitz is expected to replace Jesse Gonzalez in goal, while Maynor Figueroa and Zach Loyd and Walker Zimmerman could be recalled in defense.
FC Dallas: Predicted Line up (4-2-3-1)
Seitz – Figueroa, Zimmermann, Loyd, Harris – Acosta, Diaz, Gruezo – Castillo, Barrios – Urruti.
Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas: Head-to-Head Stats
- Overall (55 matches): FC Dallas – 24 wins, Colorado Rapids – 17 wins, Draws – 14.
- Colorado Rapids at home vs FC Dallas (26 matches): 9 wins, 10 draws, 7 losses.
- In the three match series of the 2015 MLS season, Rapids remained unbeaten after winning the first match away from home 4-0 and holding Dallas to 1-1 draws in the next two matches back home.
- Dallas were winners in all three matches of the 2014 MLS season against Colorado Rapids, 2 at home and 1 away.
- Colorado Rapids haven’t won the last three home matches against Dallas, with the latest two being draws.
Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas: Prediction
The two sides are on good run of form, but Colorado Rapids are a more consistent side. With the match being played at their home ground, where they are unbeaten this season with 8 wins and 2 draws, they will go in as firm favourites.
At the same time, Dallas have a poor away record this season and are the worst defensive side on the road after conceding 23 goals from 11 games. Also they have failed to score in 6 of the last 8 away games. So there is a good chance for Rapids to come out with a clean sheet from this match.
I will be backing the correct score prediction of 2-0 in favour of Colorado Rapids.
Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas: Tips
- Rapids to win.
- Under 2.5 goals.