LA Galaxy are without a host of players, with Van Damme suspended after a late red card in the last match. Zardes is away on international duty whilst doubts remain over the fitness of Jones, Cole and Alessandrini. Smith returns from suspension and should partner Romney, whilst Joao Pedro will be expected to take control in midfield. McBean will lead the attack and use his physical strength. LA Galaxy need to pick themselves up after a dramatic defeat against fierce rivals. The players were dejected after this game, so coach Onalfo will need to raise the spirits of the team and will hope for a response. Up against a side who are at the bottom of the table, LA Galaxy will be expecting all 3 points and this is important as they head into a short break in MLS fixtures after this match. The hosts will look to start quickly, expect LA Galaxy to press high and force mistakes. If they take the lead, LA Galaxy will drop slightly deeper and rely on the pace of Boateng to join the attacks. The visitors will be nervous when tasked with defending after keeping just 1 clean sheet in their last 9 league games. Will only feel comfortable if they have a 2 goal lead to protect.
Real Salt Lake are without Allen, who is facing 6-7 months on the sidelines after knee surgery. They are expected to make a number of changes from the side which lost last time out, Rusnak, Mulholland and Movsisyan are all pressing for a recall. Defensively, the visitors could continue with Horst and Glad as a centre back unit, whilst at the other end of the pitch, Movsisyan would add physicality. The visitors are suffering from a lack of confidence, losing 4 of their last 5 league matches. Results on the road are also of concern, with Real Salt Lake losing their last 6 road trips. In their last 3 away matches Real Salt Lake have conceded 13 goals, so the players will be fragile coming into this match and will lack the belief to get all 3 points. A win could transform their season, however. The counter attack will be vital for Real Salt Lake, who will gladly accept a point from this fixture to build some confidence. Without the ball, Real Salt Lake will form a 4-5-1 shape which will attempt to force the opposition out wide and rely on crosses into the area. The first goal will be key, as conceding the opener will force the visitors to change approach and this leaves them more exposed.
Verdict & Prediction
LA Galaxy will need to bounce back after a painful defeat just days earlier. Coach Onalfo has a major task to lift the players, after conceding a dramatic late goal which denied them a point. The short turnaround presents a chance to bounce back at the first attempt, a win would be significant. After this match, LA Galaxy do not have a league game for a couple of weeks. A win would be psychologically important, allowing the team to enter the short break in positive spirits. A win would also strengthen LA Galaxy’s position in the standings, keeping them in contention for the play-offs. A win will be the target for the hosts, as they face an opponent who are struggling for form and below them in the league standings. LA Galaxy will be motivated to bounce back after a painful defeat to fierce rivals, the players want to repay the supporters, who turned up in big numbers.
Prediction: Los Angeles Galaxy to win
Odds: 1.95 SBOBET