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FC Dallas v Colorado Rapids – MLS

FC Dallas v Colorado Rapids - MLS

Dallas have very few injury concerns at the moment and are boosted by the returns of Gruezo and Harris from suspension. Zimmerman is pushing for a start alongside Hedges in the centre of defence, whilst in midfield Gruezo and Acosta are available and add considerable quality. In attack, Urruti uses his pace to make good runs in behind the defence, coach Pareja prefers mobility in final third. Dallas face a handicap of -1 for this game which will not be easy to overturn against a stubborn opponent. However, Dallas are looking to bounce back after losing their last 2 games. The hosts expect to win this match, with their opponents scoring just 3 away goals all season. Scoring early is ideal, as the longer the game stays level the more confidence visitors get. The 2.5 goals line appears well placed, with the hosts looking to get back on track and get a crucial 3 points. If Dallas score in the early stages, the game may open up and the chances of over 2.5 goals increases. If Dallas fall behind they are likely to take increased risks to get back into the game, which will leave spaces in defence for the opposition on the break.

Colorado are unlikely to make wholesale changes but have seen their squad strengthened by the signing of Gil. The midfielder will add much needed creativity but is unlikely to start after just joining the team. Gashi has made a welcome return lately and is the main creator, the combination of Badji and Doyle in attack poses problems for the opposing defence. Changes in attack would weaken side. Given a handicap of 1 for this game, Colorado are not expected to win this match given their poor form this season. The visitors have had trouble scoring goals on the road this season, expect Colorado to defend deep for long spells of the match to frustrate the opposition. The counter attack and set pieces will be crucial for the visitors, longer they stay in contest more confident they will get. Colorado have scored just 3 away goals all season, it is likely that the visitors will defend deep and attempt to frustrate the opposition. Conceding first would be a big blow for the visitors, who have struggled to overturn deficits this season. The visitors will aim to make the game tight, which makes the under 2.5 goals line decent value especially if they avoid conceding early.

 

Verdict & Prediction

Dallas have suffered back to back defeats in the league which has seen them drop down to 3rd in the Western Conference. The players are determined to get back on track and will be expecting all 3 points against a team who have struggled this season. Anything less would be disappointing. Dallas have lost just 1 of their last 5 home matches, which happened to be the last home fixture. The defeat in the last home match hurt the players and coach Pareja. The support at home games is a big influence on the team, players spoken openly about the lift they get from supporters.

Prediction: Dallas -1.00 Asian Handicap
Odds: 1.78 SBOBET

 


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