FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy Odds, Preview & Soccer Picks

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 5:13 PM GMT

This Western Conference showdown sees host FC Dallas welcome their rivals, the LA Galaxy. Is it best to back the trends here or is it time to take a chance on a live and talented underdog?

Odds Overview 
LA Galaxy at FC Dallas (MLS Live, TWCSN-LA (USA): 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)

Robbie Keane and the 4th-place LA Galaxy (10-7-7, 39 GF-29 GA) head to the Lone Star State on Saturday night to face host and 2nd-place team in the Western Conference, FC Dallas (11-5-6, 32 GF-27 GA) in this Week 24 fixture at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Odds makers here have made host FC Dallas +110 favorites here over the visiting LA Galaxy (+225) with the Draw priced at +250 (bet365). The Total Goals here has been set at 2½, with Over priced at -120 and the Under set at +100 (Sky Bet). Some Props wagers for this weekend game from Big D: Both Teams To Score: ‘Yes’ -153, ‘No’ +130 (BetVictor); Draw No Bet: FC Dallas -162, LA Galaxy -162 (Sky Bet); and, To Win To Nil: FC Dallas +300, LA Galaxy +500 (Sky Bet).

 

LA Galaxy
In MLS Week 23 play on Sunday, the LA Galaxy (1-5-6 Road, 11 GF-22 GA) rolled to a 3-1 win over the slumping Seattle Sounders at the StubHub Center in Carson as Giovani Dos Santos scored in his Galaxy debut and Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes added goals for Manager Bruce Arena’s team. With Designated Players like Striker Keane (10 goals, Ireland), former Liverpool MF Steven Gerrard (1 goal, England) and now F Dos Santos (1 goal, Mexico) and other players on their roster like Sebastian Lletget (6 goals), Juninho (4 goals), Alan Gordon (5 goals), Zardes (5 goals), Baggio Husidic (2 goal), Swedish Midfielder Stefan Ishizaki (4 assists, 1 goal) and All-Star Omar Gonzalez (1 goal), the LA Galaxy can definitely make a run at a repeat MLS Cup (Galaxy +450, BetVictor) this season. But the Road has proven to be a very tough place for this team this season and GK Jaime Penedo (Panama) will really have to be at his best here against a FC Dallas teams which still just has one loss at Home.

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FC Dallas
FC Dallas (8-2-1 Home, 20 GF-10 GA) was scuffling for a little bit, then kicked into high gear and is now a threat to win the MLS Cup (12/1, BetVictor) with the Offense being consistent and GK Dan Kennedy holding down the Defense and 3 Cleans sheets in this club’s L Wins (DAL 2-0 HOU,  DAL 3-0 NE, ORL 0-2). On the attack FC Dallas is led by Fabian Castillo (8 goals), Blas Pérez (5 goals), Mauro Diaz (5 goals), Testro Akindele (3 goals) and Ryan Hollinshead (2 goals) and when these two met earlier here this season on May 9, FC Dallas won 2-1 and that would appear to be the type of game we’re looking at here with the hosts having just that 1 aforementioned Loss here at home and the visiting Galaxy having only 1 Road Win so far—in their last outing at the Colorado Rapids (3-1). In their last game (August 2), FC Dallas was blanked 2-0 by the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in suburban Bridgeview, so this team will be well-rested with a 13-day break between games.

 

Current Form, Series Trends, Conclusions
In lifetime MLS play in this series, the LA Galaxy are 34-15-23 (129 GF-99 GA), while here in Dallas, the Galaxy are 11-8-13 (44 GF-42 GA), including that 2-1 loss in May in the last meeting. And, as a matter of fact—and of a certain significance to both Both Teams To Score and Over bettors—the L4 games in this series have all ended with cookie-cutter 2-1 scorelines with the Home team winning all 4 of those games. With the L5 games in this series having all gone Over the Total, averaging 3.60 gpg (18 goals in 5 games) backing the Over seems logical here. And with FC Dallas (Current Form—WWWWWL) on a roll, the Home teams hardly ever losing lately in this series in MLS play and the LA Galaxy (Current Form—WLWWLWW) so weak on the Road this season, backing the Home Favorite and the Over is the soccer pick this time.

Predicted Final Score:  FC Dallas 2 LA Galaxy 1
MLS Picks: Over 2½ -120 (Sky Bet), FC Dallas Draw No Bet -162 (BetVictor), Both Teams To Score ‘Yes’ -153 (BetVictor)

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