FC Dallas vs Nashville SC Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Nashville rode their luck with a 1-0 win in the first of a two-game series
- Dallas should feel compelled to bring back their once dominant presence at home in Toyota Stadium
- Looking at the frontline, Dallas should have a number of options ready to respond after Wednesday’s underwhelming loss
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FC Dallas vs Nashville SC Predictions and Picks
Regardless of Nashville’s narrow 1-0 win against Dallas on Wednesday night, Dallas remains the favorites after the recent loss. With more firepower in the attack — and perhaps a bit more fire in their bellies after losing — Dallas should be more than motivated to rebound and avoid a second worrisome match in a row.
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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||Sunday, August 16th at 8:30 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
MLS waited just one day after the end of the MLS Is Back competition to restart the 2020 regular season. Less than 24 hours after the Portland Timbers lifted the Florida-based tournament title, Dallas and Nashville kicked off their first of two matches this week in the continuation of the once paused regular season.
Although Dallas had the better roster and home-field advantage, it was Nashville who spoiled the party with their 1-0 away win on Wednesday. Thanks to a late goal from David Accam in the 86th minute, it was this year’s league newcomers who not only clinched three points but also their first-ever win in MLS. A historic moment and goal for Nashville, but can they do it again this weekend?
On Sunday, both teams will close out the two-game series with another Texan battle at Toyota Stadium. With more valuable points on the line, it will be fascinating to see if Dallas will bounce back or if Nashville will have another fortunate moment in the final third.
Stats Point To Nashville Needing Some Luck
While Nashville must be praised for their ability to hold back a stronger Dallas roster, it’s also worth noting that they were a bit lucky to escape with the 1-0 win. With only 36% possession and a meager 0.3 xG (expected goals) tally, Nashville should be beyond delighted with their ability to somehow manage a win.
Dallas outshot them, had more possession, had more corners and more duels won — all that was missing for them was a goal.
Dallas will unquestionably create more chances this weekend, and with star striker Franco Jara set to make his second appearance, there’s now a golden opportunity for him to claim redemption through his first-ever goal with the club.
Motivation For Dallas To Galvanize Their Home Form
Heading into Wednesday, Dallas had an impressive 13-game undefeated streak at home. With only one MLS loss at Toyota Stadium since the beginning of 2019, there was a very strong reason to believe that the home side would squash an MLS newcomer. And yet, all it took was one moment for Nashville to flip the script.
“They got the one-half chance and put it away,” said Dallas’ Reggie Cannon to media on Wednesday night about Nashville. “That’s all it takes, just one counter goal.”
If Dallas were to lose again on Sunday, it would mark just the second time since 2014 that the team has lost consecutive games at home. Desperate for a resurgence and for some positivity after being unable to take part in MLS Is Back due to a number of COVID-19 related cases, Dallas should be keen on thriving again in their fortress.
Dallas’ Frontline Remains A Powerful One
Let’s not forget, Nashville had to do plenty to keep Dallas scoreless on Wednesday. Goalkeeper Joe Willis had five saves and two high claims in the air that earned him a well-earned shutout.
On Sunday, he’ll have to be at his absolute best for another 90 minutes as opponents like Michael Barrios, Jesus Ferreira, Jara and others will retest his abilities in the net. Looking at the flanks, Dallas should have plenty of support from high-pressing and talented options like Ryan Hollingshead and Cannon.
Given another two halves of soccer on the horizon, it would be surprising to see Dallas fail to capitalize on their chances once again
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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.