Los Angeles FC will host FC Dallas in the first game of the doubleheader to be played four days apart in the MLS regular season at Banc of California Stadium.
LAF vs DAL Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Having accumulated almost half of the points tally of last season in just one-third of the regular season games, Los Angeles FC have made a far better start to this season than expected.
No wonder, a lot is being made of their start in the media with a lot of pundits claiming that this could be a record-breaking season ever in Major League Soccer.
As things stand, LAFC are sitting atop the Western Conference with 27 points from 12 games, two points adrift of another early pacesetter Seattle Sounders.
Los Angeles owns a league-best 8-1-3 record, which betters New York Red Bulls’ start in 2018. Bulls went on to collect a league record 71 points last season, which many think could be shattered in 2019.
Against them are FC Dallas, who will be hoping to avoid a two-game skid. The visitors are on a three-game winless run, with the last two ending in defeats, a 2-1 defeat away at Houston and 1-3 at home against a much-changed New York Red Bulls.
Dallas have been outscored 5-2 in that period as well. Head-coach Luchi Gonzalez must find a way to reverse the equation here.
The Major League Soccer match will be played between Los Angeles FC and FC Dallas at Banc of California Stadium, in Los Angeles, California, United States. The ground has a capacity of 22,000.
The game will start at 07:30 AM (IST), on Friday, May 17.
In India, DSport has the rights to broadcast five regular-season matches in a week, as well as select MLS Cup playoff games and MLS Cup.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Los Angeles FC – W L W D D W
FC Dallas – L W W D L L
Los Angeles FC vs FC Dallas Team News:
Los Angeles FC:
Injured – None.
Suspended – None. But Eduard Atuesta will be missing the 2nd match of the doubleheader if he sees a yellow against Dallas.
Doubtful – LAFC will monitor both Javier Perez (Groin injury) and Alejandro Guido (right quad strain) before the game.
Probable XI: Miller (GK), Harvey, Segura, Zimmerman, Beitashour, Blessing, Atuesta, Kaye, Rossi, Vela, Ramirez
Injured – Dallas will be without midfielder Paxton Pomykal (hamstring) and Santiago Mosquera (knee injury).
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – Cristian Colmán ( left ACL tear), Carlos Gruezo (lower body strain), Dominique Badji (hip pointer) and Bryan Acosta (ankle injury) will all be assessed before the game.
Probable XI: Gonzalez (GK), Nelson, Ziegler, Hedges, Cannon, Cerrillo, Hayes, Hollingshead, Aranguiz, Ondrasek, Ferreira
Potential Game Changers:
Potential Game Changers: Top fantasy picks and the points earned in the last few games
Carlos Vela – 5.5, 10, 1.5
Mark-Anthony Kaye – 6, 4.5, 6
Pablo Aranguiz – 3.5, 1.5
Reto Ziegler – 2.5, 5.5, 2
Matt Hedges – 3, 2.5, 15.5
Breakdown of both team’s stats (Season 2018-19)
Los Angeles FC | FC Dallas
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
LAFC has scored 29 goals and 12 of those have been netted by Carlos Vela. Without a shadow of a doubt, the former Arsenal star is in red-hot form.
Having scored three goals and contributing with 5 assists, the 24-year-old Mark-Anthony Kaye is a vital cog in Los Angeles FC’s midfield.
Defenders: Harvey, Ziegler, Hedges, Zimmerman
Midfielders: M Kaye, Aranguiz, Hayes, Blessing
Forwards: Carlos Vela (C); 12 goals this season (league high, and has 6 assists as well), D Rossi
STE vs MOT Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
STE vs MOT Dream11 potential winner:
Los Angeles FC are the league’s highest scorer and boast the joint-best defensive record as well. They will definitely start the game as firm favourites against a struggling FC Dallas.