Minnesota United FC vs. FC Dallas Prediction, Preview and Odds -5/15/21
Minnesota United FC vs. FC Dallas
The Round 6 of the new MLS season is ahead this weekend, and we have an interesting duel between the Western Conference rivals Minnesota United FC and FC Dallas. The game starts at 8 PM EST at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Minnesota hopes to build on its first win
Minnesota picked up their first three points this season in midweek as they finally got off the mark with a 1-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps. Minnesota United had 54% possession and 16 shots on goal, with four of them on target. Striker Ramon Abila, who is currently on loan from Boca Juniors, made his first contribution to the campaign on Wednesday, scoring the only goal for The Loons. Adrian Heath has seen his side compete in nearly all of their matchups so far, and he will be encouraged to see them squeak their first win after losing three straight games by a single goal.
The home team will be without winger Niko Hansen and center-back Bakaye Dibassy, as they are both dealing with hamstring injuries, while their other center-back Ike Opara remains sidelined with a concussion.
Dallas looks to prolong their unbeaten run
FC Dallas enters this match after a 1-1 draw against Houston Dynamo last weekend. In that game, Dallas managed 54% possession and 13 shots on goal with three on target. Their big off-season acquisition, Jader Obrian, has scored in his past two outings, including the winner against Portland Timbers and the equalizer in the Texas derby last Saturday. The Toros are unbeaten in their previous two encounters, collecting five points so far.
FC Dallas boss Luchi Gonzalez has to contend with reduced team options. Striker Jesus Ferreira has a shoulder injury, midfielder Thomas Roberts has a leg problem, and Kyle Zobeck continues to recover from a hamstring injury.
The Pick:Minnesota United (+115)
Minnesota United vs. FC Dallas head-to-head record shows that of the nine meetings they have had, the Loons have won four while the Toros have five victories, with no draws. The last game between the two teams in the MLS took place in November 2020 and ended with a 3-0 win for Minnesota. The Loons have played well in their previous matchup and could be due for another good result, as they have won their last three regular-season home games played against Dallas, scoring seven times and conceding only twice. This could be the game for the home team to get it.
Total: Over (-155)
Traditionally when these two teams play against each other, we see plenty of good offense, with 20 goals scored between each side over their past four regular-season encounters. I expect another high-scoring game here, so take the Over in this one.