LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Kick-off: 3:30 UK Time
Venue: StubHub Center (California).
LA Galaxy are desperate to get back to winning ways after failing to win in any of their last 7 league games. They are currently sitting 6th in the Western Conference table and further slips could cost them the play-off spot at the end of the season. Their Monday’s opponents Vancouver White are one place above them at a one point gap, but played one match more than Galaxy.
Galaxy have managed just 5 wins from the 16 matches played so far this season. They started the season well, but poor away form with their recent inability to finish off home matches cost them dearly. They had also drawn in their last three home games and failed to score in the last two at the StubHub Center.
Vancouver Whitecaps had just ended their three match winless run with a 3-2 away win at Philadelphia Union. They recent away matches had witnessed a higher proportion of goals as they produced 23 goals from the last 4. They had won 2 and lost in 2 of those, scoring 11 and conceding 12.
LA Galaxy: Team News
Robbie Keane is expected to be rested here after returning from the Euro 2016 campaign in France. The winger Ariel Lassiter is yet to recover from his back injury and is expected to miss here.
Ashley Cole is suspended after picking up his second yellow card during the dying seconds of the 1-1 draw against SJ Earthquakes.
LA Galaxy: Predicted Line-up (4-4-1-1)
Rowe – Romney, Van Damme, Steres, DeLaGarza – Magee, Larentowicz, de Jong, Dos Santos – Gerrard – Gordon.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Team News
Carl Robinson has no fresh injury worries, but defender Christian Dean and center forward Masato Kudo are still sidelined with their respective injuries.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Predicted Line up (4-2-3-1)
Ousted – Harvey, Parker, Jacobson, Smith – Morales, Laba – Manneh, Mezquida, Bolanos – Hurtado.
LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Head-to-Head Stats
These sides had already met once this season, playing out a 0-0 stalemate at the BC Place on April.
Whitecaps are undefeated in the last three meetings between the two sides, with 2 wins and a draw. While Galaxy were on a 5 match undefeated against the Whitecaps prior to that.
LA Galaxy had won 7 of the 8 meetings at Carson against the Whitecaps.
LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Prediction
Each of these sides are in some terrible form and this could go either way. But on the back of a strong home record against their opponents, LA Galaxy can be backed with confidence to stay unbeaten here. This is partly due to Vancouver Whitecaps’ vulnerabilities in defense as they had let in 12 goals from their last 5 MLS games.
But LA Galaxy are on a poor scoring form at the moment and found the back of the net just once in their last four games. They haven’t scored in the last three matches against Whitecaps, but expect them to break the bad run here and grab a narrow victory. And we are most likely to witness a low scoring game.
- LA Galaxy to win
- Under 2.5 goals