FC Dallas vs Nashville SC Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Dallas now have a new goalscoring talent at their disposal
- We might see some good performances from a handful of Dallas’ promising young prospects
- Nashville still have plenty to prove against MLS teams
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FC Dallas vs Nashville SC Predictions and Picks
Dallas are the favorites here and have more to offer on the field. Barring a couple of surprises, it’s unlikely that Nashville will walk away with more than a point, at best.
Dallas for the win -150
How to Watch FC Dallas vs Nashville SC
|FC Dallas vs Nashville SC Information|
|What||FC Dallas vs Nashville SC|
|Where||Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)|
|When||Wednesday August 12 at 8:30 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
After being left out of the MLS Is Back tournament due to a number of COVID-19 cases in their rosters, both Dallas and Nashville will return to the field for the first time since March.
Kicking off the resumption of the 2020 MLS season just one day after the MLS Is Back championship game, the refocus of the American soccer world will quickly shift to Wednesday night’s game which will feature a limited number of fans at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
For Dallas, there will be an eagerness to reconnect with the positive start to the season in early 2020. With four points in their first two games, Dallas was tracking in the right direction with the beginning of an undefeated run that was immediately put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The good news for them is that they’ll now have star striker Franco Jara ready and in full swing after having two months to train with the squad since his June arrival.
But what to make of Nashville?
The MLS newcomers kicked off 2020 with two consecutive losses before the season was paused. Sure, they outshot their opponents in each game, but it’s tough to feel positive about a team with only one goal in two matches and a less-than-exciting squad.
Will Nashville prove any doubters wrong? Or will it be Dallas who take the win in their first of two encounters against Nashville this week?
Highlighting Jara’s Efficiency In Front Of Net
Dallas fans should be thrilled that Jara is now with the team.
With 66 goals in 139 games for Liga MX’s Pachuca, the Argentine established himself as one of the most ruthless finishers in Mexico during 2015-20.
What is it that makes Jara so clinical? Despite the fact that he’s a true out-and-out striker, the 32-year-old is a well-rounded attacker with excellent finishing, vision, distribution and control of the ball. He’ll have no trouble adjusting to MLS after playing in Liga MX, and given enough possession or crosses, he’ll quickly become one of the top strikers in the league.
Dallas’ List Of Intriguing Young Talent
They can only get better from here.
Promising names like Reggie Cannon, Jesus Ferreira, Paxton Pomykal, and Tanner Tessmann are all budding stars that have the potential to become elite players. Under a structure that not only develops these players but also provides them with minutes, Dallas’ roster should continue to strengthen in the immediate future.
Speaking of, ESPN included both Ferreira in Pomykal last month in their list of “top CONCACAF region-based players age 21 or under.” While Ferreira made it into the top 15, Pomykal was placed near the top at No. 4 in the list.
Are Nashville Unlucky Or Destined For Failure?
It’s difficult to ascertain how competitive Nashville will be this season.
In an extremely small sample size of just two MLS matches, which ended in losses, there have been more questions than answers for the club that is playing in its first season with the league.
Playing in a standard 4-4-2 formation, Nashville collected one meager goal and an average xG (expected goals) tally of 0.87 in their two losses. Satisfactory at best, and yet, their opponents seem to have outperformed their own statistics. While Atlanta United beat Nashville 2-1 with just a 0.27 xG rating, the Portland Timbers followed up with something similar in their 1-0 win against Nashville with a 0.3 xG rating.
Is Nashville actually an unlucky team or does this lead to more questions and worries regarding a squad that should have clinched two wins?
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast.