One day after Portland claimed the MLS is Back championship title, the 2020 MLS season will resume with FC Dallas hosting visiting Nashville SC on Wednesday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. After being left out of the MLS Is Back tournament due to a high number of COVID-19 cases on their respective rosters, both teams will be looking to kick off their ‘new’ seasons with a confidence-boosting victory. With that said, let’s find out which team is offering the best betting value against their MLS odds.
MLS 2020 Regular Season Resumes – FC Dallas Vs Nashville SC
Why Bet On FC Dallas
FC Dallas kicked off their 2020 campaign with a 2-0 win over Philadelphia on Feb. 29 before playing Montreal to a 2-2 draw on March 7. This is a team that was expected to be legitimate contenders to win the MLS is Back Tournament before they were forced to withdraw due to a handful of positive COVID tests.
Still, Dallas is brimming with young talent, starting with superstar striker Franco Jara, who scored an impressive 66 goals in 139 games for Liga MX’s Pachuca from 2015-2020. Now, heading into their first match in months, head coach Luchi Gonzalez kept his message to his team simple. Enjoy being back on the pitch.
“We have to reflect as human beings: What we do? What is our purpose, whether that’s our relationships, our career, a hobby? Why do we play? Do we play because we get paid, or do we play because we love the game?,” Gonzalez said.
Dallas averages 2.0 goals per game while allowing 1.0 goals per contest defensively. Zdenek Ondrasek has scored a team-high two goals. Jesus Ferreira has one assist and Ricardo Pepi has one shot on goal. Defensively, keeper Jesse Gonzalez has allowed two goals on five shots faced.
Why Bet On Nashville SC
The first-year MLS franchise opened its 2020 campaign with a 2-1 loss against Atlanta in their opener on Feb. 29 before falling to MLS is Back winner, Portland on March, 8. The good news is that, despite suffering a pair of losses, Nashville outshot both of their first two opponents this season, though their lone goal doesn’t bode well coming into this affair. Still, head coach Gary Smith said his message to his team was also simple.
“There were a lot of things that we were disappointed about, dejected about, frustrated about, but somehow we needed to move forward. We had a couple of days where training wasn’t overly strenuous, and we had a couple of meetings to make sure everyone was feeling and thinking in the same way, Smith said.”
Nashville is averaging 0.5 goals per game while allowing 1.5 goals per game defensively. Walker Zimmerman leads Nashville SC with one goal, Randall Leal has two shots on goal and Jimmy Medranda has one shot on goal. Defensively, Joe Willis has allowed three goals on four shots faced.
General Game Info FC Dallas (1-0-1) vs. Nashville SC (0-2-0)
- When: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 8:30 PM ET
- Where: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
- FC Dallas Vs Nashville SC Live: ESPN+
FC Dallas Vs Nashville SC Betting Lines
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Right now, no one really knows just how competitive Nashville will be in their inaugural campaign. They’ve got some talented players on their roster, but they aren’t nearly as experienced as Dallas and they just haven’t played together long enough to really show a definitive style. With that said, Dallas is the easy pick to get it done in this one, mostly because they have the far superior offense in this matchup. Keep it simple and back FC Dallas to get it done in this one!
Pick: Dallas 3 Nashville 1