Series Win/Draw/Loss Stats:
FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy, two MLS originals, have met a total of 60 times in MLS regular season play. The Galaxy hold a pretty commanding advantage in wins with 29 wins out of the 60. The Hoops have only managed 20 wins in those meetings while 11 matches have ended in draws.
There have been 30 matches in LA and The Galaxy again dominate the series here with 21 wins in these 30 matches while FCD have only won 5 times in MLS play while visiting leaving room for only 4 draws.
These results do not look like they favor FCD in the slightest heading into the weekday matchup on Wednesday.
Series Goals Stats:
FCD are, again, behind LA in this stat; Dallas has scored 80 goals in these 60 (1.33 Goals per match) matches, whereas LA has notched 107 goals in the past (1.8 goals per game.) These aren't the highest scoring contests (averaging just over 3 goals per game) as neither team has really been known for their explosive offences in the past few seasons, but they do bring some high scorelines on occasion.
In 30 meetings in LA, The Galaxy have found the back of the net 62 times (just over 2 goals per game) while FCD have only scored 29 goals (less than one goal a game.) Dallas has found it hard to find goals against LA in the past, especially when traveling, and I don't expect it to be much different this time.
FC Dallas and LA Galaxy met on three occasions last year and they ended with an even 1-1-1 record while playing two matches at Toyota Stadium and only one in LA. We will focus on the one that occurred in LA since I feel it has the most relevance. Full match highlights are below.
This was a game largely dominated by LA; the Galaxy had 23 shots to Dallas' 6, but LA only had 6 on target to FCD's 2. It was a fairly won contest by LA where FCD just didn't have enough quality to secure any points. Robbie Keane played well and got the assist to Marcelo Sarvas on the first goal on a cross while Robbie Rogers crossed the ball to Hector Jimenez on the second goal. FCD will be looking for a much more positive result this time around as they enter The Stub Hub Center.
Prediction Based on History:
Unfortunately Dallas has had little success while traveling to LA so I seriously doubt they pick up the 3 points. Although LA will be without some key players I still think they will find the goals they need to get the win and FCD would be happy to leave with 1 point.
Based on the stats and how games have ended in previous years I have to go with a 2-1 win for LA in this one. I sure hope I am wrong this week....