LA Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids
MLS Western Conference;
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016;
Kick-off: 3:30 BST;
Venue: Stubhub Center (California).
LA Galaxy will be searching for their first win six matches, when they host a red hot Colorado Rapids at the Stubhub Center in California on Wednesday.
Bruce Arena managed team are on a downward spiral at the moment and dropped to fourth position in the Western Conference Table. They haven’t tasted victory in their last 5 matches, since the 4-2 home win against New England Revolution on 8th May 2015. They had drawn 3 and lost 2 in their last five. Their home form is slightly better as they are unbeaten in 7 matches played so far this season, however the last two were draws.
Colorado Rapids are on a good solid run at the moment and are top of the Western Conference standings. They are 3 points of clear of the second placed FC Dallas, who played 3 games more and 7 points clear for Real Salt Lake. Colorado are also the team with best record in whole of MLS this season with 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 defeats; and look good for the play-offs if they can maintain the momentum. They are unbeaten in the last 10 matches this season, with 7 wins and 3 draws.
LA Galaxy: Team News
Bruce Arena is missing a number of key players as he look to get his team back to winning ways on Wednesday evening.
Ex-Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and striker Giovanni dos Santos are out with injuries, alongside the 21-year old Costa Rican winger Ariel Lassiter.
Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes are still away on international duties with Ireland and USA for the Euro 2016 and Copa America Centenario respectively.
LA Galaxy: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Rowe – Cole, Van Damme, Steres, DeLaGarza – Magee, Larentowicz, de Jong, Husidic – Lletget, Gordon.
Colorado Rapids Team News:
Head-coach Pablo Mastroeni will be without Tim Howard and Jermaine Jones, who are away on international duty with USA, who will take on Argentina in the Copa America Centenario 2016 semifinal on Wednesday.
While Sean St. Ledger (Ireland) and Shkelzen Gashi (Albania) are involved in their respective nation’s UEFA Euro 2016 campaign in France.
Colorado Rapids: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
MacMath – Burch, Sjoberg, Miller, Williams – Azira, Cronin – Solignac, Powers, Hairston – Doyle.
LA Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids: Head-to-Head Stats
The two sides had already met once this season on early March at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, where a solo goal from Marco Pappa deep into the added extra time handed Colorado a 1-0 victory.
LA Galaxy had lost just once in the last 6 games they hosted Colorado Rapids. They also held a strong record against the Rapids after winning in 17 of the 26 games they hosted, with 3 draws and 6 defeats.
Colorado Rapids held LA Galaxy to a 1-1 draw, the last time they visited Stubhub on May 2015.
The overall head-to-head between the two sides in 55 meetings since 2000 is LA Galaxy 26 wins, Colorado Rapids 21 wins and 8 draws.
LA Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids: Prediction
LA Galaxy are a team that is really struggling at the moment and missing key players like Giovani Dos Santos, Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes and Steven Gerrard could deter their chances here. However, they can still feel confident that they are unbeaten at home and Bruce Arena will be looking for an improved performance from his depleted squad on Wednesday.
Colorado Rapids are also missing some key names, but this shouldn’t affect their performance by much. Pablo Mastroeni knows well that his team must take advantage of a poor and depleted LA Galaxy to take maximum points to extend their stay at the top of the MLS table. A strong defense and tireless midfield could do the trick for them on Wednesday at the StubHub Center and I believe goals will be far and few in this fixture.
Full Time Score Prediction: LA Galaxy 0-1 Colorado Rapids.
- Colorado Rapids to Win
- Half-Time Draw
- Under 2.5 goals.