MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Dallas vs DC United
Friday, July 17th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: FC Dallas and DC United put their first place records on the line this weekend at Toyota Stadium, as Dallas' win last weekend, combined with losses from Seattle and Vancouver, drew them into a first place tie in the Western Conference.
DC United remains in first place in the Eastern Conference, but that has the potential to change after the news of goalkeeper Bill Hamid going under the knife this week. He had surgery on both his wrist and his knee, and will be out for possibly two months. Andy Dykstra will now have his opportunity to be the starting keeper, and will make his second consecutive start this weekend.
United head coach Ben Olsen is contending with many injuries on his roster at the moment, as five other players beside Hamid are featured on the MLS injury report. Michael Farfan, Collin Martin, Sean Franklin, Chris Pontius and Luis Silva all sat out the last match, although the bye week will hopefully see the return of Farfan and Pontius.Luis Silva was traded this week to Real Salt Lake in exchange for Costa Rican veteran Alvaro Saborio.
The loss to Seattle last time out for United was a tough pill to swallow. Fabian Espindola was sent off with a red card just before the half-hour mark and, playing a man down, they held Seattle at bay until the 88th minute. Tyrone Mears broke the tie with a splendid strike on a rebound at the top of the 18-yard box, while leaving Dykstra unable to stretch for the save. Naturally, Espindola will be suspended this weekend for the match with Dallas as a result of the red card, and Perry Kitchen must avoid a booking that would earn him a suspension due to an accumulation of yellow cards.
Dallas will play three of their next four games at home, which they will hope to take advantage of having only one loss at Toyota Park this season. Portland comes calling next weekend, and they will head to Chicago before their bye week as they will face the Galaxy back at home on August 15.
Dallas got by a depleted Orlando City roster last weekend at the Citrus Bowl with a 2 - 0 victory to earn their third straight league win. Mauro Diaz converted a penalty kick in the first minute of added time in the first half, and David Texeira scored to make it 2 - 0 just after the hour mark of the game.
With Seattle and Vancouver both having tough games this weekend, Dallas could essentially find themselves atop the Western Conference standings with a big three points to break the three-way tie between the teams.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Dallas leads the recent series with 4 Wins, 3 Losses and 3 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
DC United +410
Dallas -0.5 -135
DC United +0.5 +115
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
This United team looks a lot different without the back stop of Bill Hamid in net, and Andy Dykstra only has one win to show for his five starts in net this season. If you recall the game he started against Vancouver in April, he left before the game-winning goal was scored, so he got a no-decision for that start as it was 1 - 1 upon his departure.
Scoring has not been easy for United this season either, as they have only scored more than two goals once this season in MLS action.
The Dallas record at home is going to send us in the direction of a prediction, although the line is just on the edge of our comfort zone, so let's reveal the play.
The -135 on the Dallas 3-Way line is not all that user-friendly, but it could be worse with the state of the United situation entering the weekend.
The bye week came at a good time, but the absence of Hamid is going to be something we will not be able to ignore over the next two months or so.
As much as it pains us to toss a -135 out there, it is the best potential play on the board, and the total is tricky with a -125 on the Under, but that too is a little too steep with juice.
Dallas 3-Way action at -135 makes the suggestion box in this one, supporting the home team and expecting them to be no less than tied for first place exiting the weekend.