LA Galaxy vs FC DallasMLS, KO: 03:30 Jul 8, 2021, Dignity Health Sports Park
After suffering back-to-back home defeats, LA Galaxy will be seeking a return to winning ways when they host FC Dallas in an MLS clash at Dignity Health Sports Park. The Galaxy still boast a solid record at home and should have the edge over Dallas who are winless on the road this season.
LA Galaxy were beaten 2-0 at home by Sporting Kansas in their previous MLS fixture. They were uncharacteristically wasteful in front of goal, failing to find the net despite creating several goalscoring opportunities.
It was the second straight home defeat for LA Galaxy following a 2-1 loss to Seattle Sounders and manager Greg Vanney will be keen to make a swift return to winning ways. Despite the recent stumbles, the Galaxy still boast a solid record at home with five wins from their last seven fixtures.
LA Galaxy are on of the leading scorers in the MLS this season and have scored five goals in their last three matches. However, they continue to struggle defensively and have conceded in their last four MLS matches.
Dallas are coming off a 2-2 draw at home against Vancouver Whitecaps last time out in the MLS. They took an early lead through Ricardo Pepi and needed a late own goal from Ranko Veselinovic to salvage a share of the spoils after Vancouver took the lead.
The Texas club are still wallowing near the bottom of the Western Conference having claimed just two wins from 11 matches this season. They also have a poor record on their travels and head to Dignity Health Sports Park off the back of five straight defeats, stretching back to last season.
Luchi Gonzalez’s men have struggled in attack, particularly on the road and have scored just once in their last five away matches. Things are not much better at the other end of the pitch as they have conceded nine goals in their last five matches.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have installed LA Galaxy as favourites with a home win priced at 4/5 by Vbet. Dallas are valued at 18/5 by betfair for an unlikely win while the same firm is offering odds of 10/3 for a draw.
Head to head
LA Galaxy have a 39-33 advantage with 12 draws from 84 previous matches against Dallas. They claimed a 2-0 victory in the last meeting between both teams.
Players to watch
Javier Hernandez failed to get on the score sheet against Sporting Kansas but remains the MLS top scorer with 10 goals. The Mexican striker does not go too long without finding the net and could be backed to score anytime at 4/7 at bet365 while the first goal is valued at 5/2 by the same firm.
Dallas will be hoping Ricardo Pepi can continue his fine scoring form having found the net three times in his last two matches. Bet365 has the striker at 15/8 to score anytime while also offering 7/1 for the first goal.
Anything else catch the eye?
Given Dallas' struggles on the road, LA Galaxy are likely to earn a comfortable victory on Friday. A -1 handicap could be worth a punt at 15/8 with Sporting Index, who are also offering 12/5 on the Galaxy to earn a win to nil.
LA Galaxy are likely to score in both halves at 11/8 with William Hill while they could also be backed to win both halves at 7/2 with Sporting Index.
This MLS match between LA Galaxy and FC Dallas will be played on Jul 8, 2021 and kick off at 03:30. Check below for our tipsters best LA Galaxy vs FC Dallas prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.