FC Dallas hosts the LA Galaxy in week two and in search of their first win of the year after drawing with the New England Revolution in home opener. With high aspirations, LA looks to keep pace atop of the Western Conference in the early going.
Dallas jumped out to an early start to the season on a Michael Barrios goal in minute 13 against the Revolution, connecting on a long ball from Reggie Cannon and touched by Dominique Badji. With pressure building, New England broke through in the 57th minute with a Carles Gil’s goal, and that’s how it ended. For a team keen on dominating possession and pressing on defense, they struggled to find success against New England’s lower line. A disappointing tie for the home team and new home-grown coach Luchi Gonzalez.
With a new coach comes new styles of play and Dallas will need to adjust to new principles. Gonzalez executes a style of strong possession, pushing players forward aggressively and building from the back. There’s a good chance opponents will defend by bunkering up, and counter attacking. They’ll have to overcome it and find spacing for opportunities to score. Surely, three shots on goal as they had against the Revolution won’t be enough most of the time.
FC Dallas Injury Update
- Out: Forward Cristian Colman (torn left ACL)
- Out: Forward Francis Atuahene (ruptured pectoral muscle)
- Questionable: Defender Callum Montgomery (ankle sprain)
FC Dallas Home MLS League Form
|02.03.2019||DRAW||FC Dallas v New England Revolution||1 – 1 (HT 1 – 0)|
|01.11.2018||LOSS||FC Dallas v Portland Timbers||1 – 2 (HT 0 – 1)|
|21.10.2018||LOSS||FC Dallas v Sporting Kansas City||0 – 3 (HT 0 – 1)|
|07.10.2018||WIN||FC Dallas v Orlando City||2 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)|
|16.09.2018||DRAW||FC Dallas v Columbus Crew||0 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)|
LA’s new coach, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, took home the only win of the seven new coaches making their debuts with new teams. But it wasn’t all peaches and cream with mistakes they’ll need to fix. The lone goal given up against Chicago Fire in their opener initiated from a lazy back pass.
The Galaxy may need to overcome being without talented attacker Romain Alessandrini, who came off limping in the opener. If he’s out, Efrain Alvarez will need to step up his attacking game. However, the Galaxy roster will get a boost with the addition of dynamic US international midfielder Joe Corona from Mexico’s Tijuana, who will look to make his MLS debut against Dallas. Corona brings great experience as one of the most productive Americans to ever play in Liga MX.
LA Galaxy Injury Update
- Out: Midfielder Sebastian Lletget (undisclosed)
- Out: Midfielder Perry Kitchen (undisclosed)
- Out: Defender Juninho (undisclosed)
- Questionable: Midfielder Romain Alessandrini (right hamstring)
LA Galaxy Away MLS League Form
|21.10.2018||WIN||Minnesota Utd v LA Galaxy||1 – 3 (HT 0 – 1)|
|07.10.2018||DRAW||Sporting Kansas City v LA Galaxy||1 – 1 (HT 0 – 1)|
|16.09.2018||LOSS||Toronto FC v LA Galaxy||5 – 3 (HT 3 – 1)|
|02.09.2018||LOSS||Real Salt Lake v LA Galaxy||6 – 2 (HT 2 – 1)|
|18.08.2018||LOSS||Seattle Sounders v LA Galaxy||5 – 0 (HT 2 – 0)|
Head to Head Statistics
|31.05.2018||MLS League||LA Galaxy v FC Dallas||2 – 3 (HT 0 – 2)|
|12.05.2018||MLS League||FC Dallas v LA Galaxy||3 – 2 (HT 2 – 0)|
|22.10.2017||MLS League||FC Dallas v LA Galaxy||5 – 1 (HT 2 – 1)|
|04.03.2017||MLS League||LA Galaxy v FC Dallas||1 – 2 (HT 0 – 0)|
|23.10.2016||MLS League||LA Galaxy v FC Dallas||0 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)|
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 08:00 GMT 09/03/2019
Our Verdict and Best Bets
Dallas has owned this matchup over the past three seasons, undefeated with a 6-0-1 record in MLS and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play. Expect a fairly even match up in this one, however LA is primed to steal one on the road, taking advantage of Dallas learning to play a new way.