FC Dallas vs Orlando City:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Kick-off: 2:00 UK Time
Venue: Toyota Stadium (Texas).
FC Dallas finally got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake last weekend after going on a three match win-less run. The Toros are currently second in the Western Conference table, one point behind the leaders Colorado Rapids who had played two games less than them. They are desperate not to drop any point against Orlando as the second placed Real Salt Lake is closing on them at a three point gap. Dallas are a strong team at home and are unbeaten in the 9 matches at the Toyota Stadium with 6 wins and 3 draws.
Orlando City are 6th in the Western Conference table with 20 points from 15 matches. They are currently unbeaten in their last 5 with 2 wins and 3 draws and are pushing to consolidate a play-off spot. However their away form is far from convincing are without a win in 5 of the 6 matches played so far. They have scored in every away match this season, but conceded 2 or more goals in the last 5. Head Coach Adrian Heath will be hoping for a better defensive performance when his team face a FC Dallas team, who are yet to lose at their home.
FC Dallas: Team News
Oscar Pareja will be without the veteran defender Zach Loyd and left back Ryan Hollingsbead, who are both sidelined with concussions.
FC Dallas: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Seitz – Figueroa, Hedges, Zimmerman, Harris – Acosta, Gruezo – Castillo, Diaz, Barrios – Urruti.
Orlando City: Team News
Orlando City is hit with a major blow as their star playmaker Kaka is once again sidelined with an injury. While striker Pedro Ribeiro and midfielder Dawin Ceren are the other players who are set to miss Monday’s clash against FC Dallas.
Orlando City: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Bendik – Boden, Mateos, Redding, Alston – Higuita, Ceren – Shea, Winter, Molino – Larin.
FC Dallas vs Orlando City: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams had met only once in an MLS fixture, FC Dallas winning their only meeting 2-0 at Orlando City.
Their only other previous meeting was in the 2011 edition of US Open Cup, where Dallas clinched a 3-2 win in front of their home crowd.
FC Dallas vs Orlando City: Prediction
FC Dallas were victorious in the two meetings with Orlando so far and they will be looking to extend the run backed by a strong home support. Dallas are unbeaten at home this season and managed to win in 4 of their last 5 matches. Moreover they have scored 2 goals in 5 of the last 6 home matches. Orlando are a team that concede goals at an alarming rate and Dallas could be backed to find the back of the net 2 or more times in this fixture.
The form of these two sides can be completely trusted and this is a match which can tip towards either side, but Dallas certainly go in as favourites. Backing Dallas on a double chance to win or draw is a wise choice for this MLS fixture.
- Double Chance – Dallas/Draw
- Over 2.5 goals.
- Dallas to score Over 1.5 goals (FT)
- Both Teams to score.