San Jose Earthquakes vs FC Dallas:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Saturday, 9 July, 2016
Kick-off: 3:30 UK Time
Venue: Avaya Stadium (San Jose).
San Jose Earthquakes search for their first win in seven games when they host FC Dallas at the Avaya Stadium on Friday evening.
The poor run of SJ Earthquakes continued over the last weekend as a second half goals from John Goossens handed Chicago Fire a 1-0 victory. This is Earthquakes’ second defeat in the last 6, but they haven’t won none during the period after being held to draws in the other 4. They are quickly dropping places in the league standings and are currently 8th in the Western Conference table with 22 points from 17 games. A 2 point gap from the play-off spot means that they could still make it if they start converting draws to wins and defeats to draws.
FC Dallas are coming on the back of consecutive wins and are sitting on the top of Western Conference standings. But they had played 2 games more than the second placed Colorado Rapids, who are at a 1 point gap. However they success so far this season is built on the back of a strong home record. At the same time, they away form is a real worry after managing just 3 wins from 9 matches all season, while they lost 5 and drawn 1.
San Jose Earthquakes: Team news
Marc Pelosi and Steven LeHart and doubts for the fixture against Dallas through injuries. While Fatai Alashe is suspended after accumulation of yellow cards.
San Jose Earthquakes: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Bingham – Francis, Bernadez, Wynne, Sarkodie – Garcia, Dawkins, Godoy, Quintero – Amarikwa, Wondolowski.
FC Dallas: Team News
Dallas head-coach Oscar Pareja is hopeful on the fitness of defender Zach Loyd and full back Ryan Hollingsbead, who are both recovering from concussions.
FC Dallas: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Seitz – Figueroa, Hedges, Zimmerman, Harris – Acosta, Gruezo – Castillo, Diaz, Barrios – Urruti.
San Jose Earthquakes vs FC Dallas: Head-to-Head Stats
These two sides had already met twice in this MLS season and played out a draws on each occasions. The latest meeting was on 28th May 2016 at this very stadium, which ended in a goal-less draw. The previous one was on 9th April at the Toyota Stadium which finished 2-2.
FC Dallas are unbeaten in the last 6 meetings against San Jose, winning 3 and drawing 3.
San Jose had managed just 1 win from their last 7 visits to Dallas and haven’t won in the last three.
San Jose Earthquakes vs FC Dallas: Prediction
San Jose maybe in a poor run of form after failing to win in any of their previous 6 matches, but FC Dallas are an extremely poor side on the road. Despite being on top of the Western Conference standings, Dallas had just one away win to their name in the last 6 outings and failed to score in 5 of those.
While San Jose Earthquakes are unbeaten at home in MLS this season and backing them for a win here and end their bad run of form offers a good return of investment. I also believe they are very likely to keep a clean sheet here, but this involves ample risk.
1. San Jose to win at FT
2. Under 2.5 goals
3. Handicap – San Jose (+1)