After losing 4-0 to Nashville SC in their last outing, FC Dallas will be looking for a response when they play host to Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
The visitors, meanwhile, will be looking to improve upon their recent run of form, which has seen them win one of their previous five matches.
The details of the match
After enjoying a three-game unbeaten run, Dallas were brought down to earth by Nashville last weekend, losing 4-0 to their fellow Texas side. The Burn entered the contest off the back of a 4-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes and a 1-0 victory against Philadelphia Union.
Despite being confident following consecutive victories, a brace from Hany Mukhtar and Jacob Shaffelburg saw Dallas trail by three goals within 33 minutes of kick-off.
FC Dallas vs Real Salt Lake
Dallas are expected to be without Brandon Servania, who has missed the last three matches due to a pelvis injury.
After coming off the bench to feature against Nashville, Sebastian Lletget could come into the starting lineup for Saturday’s contest.
Jesus Ferreira will return to the side after serving a one-match suspension, and the third-highest scorer in the MLS this season will look to add to his 15-goal tally.
As for the visitors, they are expected to be without the services of Tate Schmitt and Bobby Wood due to knee and groin injuries respectively.
Real Salt Lake are also unable to call upon Damir Kreilach and Zack Farnsworth, who are both sidelined with injury issues.
Despite missing out on all three points last weekend, Mastroeni could name an unchanged lineup for Saturday’s encounter.
Dallas possible starting lineup:
Paes; Twumasi, Martinez, Hedges, Farfan; Lletget, Cerrillo, Pomykal; Arriola, Velasco, Ferreira
Real Salt Lake possible starting lineup:
MacMath; Herrera, Silva, Glad, Brody; Chang, Ruiz, Loffelsend, Meram; Savarino, Cordova
FC Dallas vs Real Salt Lake: prediction
We say: Dallas 3-1 Real Salt Lake
While Real Salt Lake have won only one of their previous five away games, Dallas are looking to claim a fourth consecutive home victory, and we think the hosts will utilise home advantage to claim three points on Saturday.
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