Respective head coaches Nico Estevez and Paulo Nagamura are experiencing this rivalry for the first time and will be keen to make an impression for their clubs.
Hosts Dallas head into the match on a six-game unbeaten run across all competitions and currently sit third in the Western Conference after a strong start to the season. The Dynamo are just behind in fifth and will follow this match with another Texas rivalry clash against Austin FC next week.
Read on for team news, broadcast info, predictions, and more for FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo:
How to watch FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo on TV/live stream
When is kick-off? Saturday 23 April, 15:00 (EST)
Where is it being played? Toyota Stadium
What TV channel is it on? TUDN USA
Highlights? MLS YouTube channel
FC Dallas team news
Dallas have a fully fit roster available for the visit of their state rivals and should be well-rested after Estevez rotated in the cup against FC Tulsa. The likes of Alan Velasco and Jesus Ferreira will come back in up-front.
FC Dallas predicted XI: Paes; Twumasi, Hedges, Martinez, Farfan; Servania, Quignon, Pomykal; Arriola, Ferreira, Velasco.
Houston Dynamo team news
Center-back Teenage Hadebe misses out due to suspension after picking up two yellow cards against the Portland Timbers. Fellow defender Daniel Steres has been absent recently with an injury to his left leg but could return to the roster here.
Like Estevez, Nagamura rotated in the US Open Cup so his players should still be nice and fresh here.
Houston Dynamo predicted XI: Clark; Dorsey, Parker, Barlow, Lundqvist; Vera, Carrasquilla; Pasher, Quintero, Picault; Ferreira.
FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo head-to-head record
The Dynamo have lost just one of their last four Texas derbies against Dallas but overall, the series couldn't be closer. Each side has won 13 MLS regular-season games against the other, while Dallas just shade Houston in overall wins 17-15.
Dallas' last success in this fixture was a 3-0 home win back in October 2020.
- FC Dallas wins: 17
- Houston Dynamo wins: 15
- Draws: 16
FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo score prediction
After a miserable few years, both teams have made great starts to the 2022 campaign and appear to be genuine contenders for MLS Cup Playoff spots.
Dallas and Houston are level on 12 points with just one defeat and 10 goals scored each so far. The former has been slightly tighter at the back than the latter and that, coupled with home advantage, may just give Dallas the edge here. That said, it'll be mighty close.
Prediction: FC Dallas 2-1 Houston Dynamo