Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy:
MLS Regular Season,
Date – Saturday, 9 July, 2016
Kick-off: 20:00 UK Time
Venue: Century Link Field (Washington).
Seattle Sounders are desperate to end their three match winless run when they host LA Galaxy on Saturday at the Century Link Field.
Seattle Sounders FC who are at the bottom of the Western Conference table are coming on to this match after failing to win in any of their last three league games. They were held to a 1-1 draw at Toronto in their last fixture, which ended their two match losing streak. However they had tasted defeats in 5 of their last 7 matches, with one win and a draw as positives during the period. They are also on the back of a 2 match losing streak at home, but were victorious in 4 consecutive matches prior to that.
LA Galaxy will be finally relieved to have found their first win in 8 matches after defeating Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 at home on Monday. They had drawn in 5 of their previous 7, losing 2. Despite their inconsistent form, Galaxy are fourth in the Western Conference table. However the table is closely packed as the 8th placed San Jose Earthquakes are only 4 points below them. And if they continue their poor form, they will fall out of the play-off spot soon enough.
Seattle Sounders: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Frei – Jones, Marshall, Scott, Mears – Friberg, Roldan, Alonso – Ivanschitz, Morris, Kovar.
LA Galaxy: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Rowe – Romney, Leonardo, Steres, DelaGarza – Larentowicz, Magee – Zardes, Gerrard, Dos Santos – Keane.
Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams share 2 wins each and a draw from their last five meetings in Major League Soccer.
The last match between these two sides was on October 2015 at this same venue for Saturday’s clash. Seattle Sounders won it 3-2 in a highly entertaining clash which saw the scored tied at 2-2 at the end of first half.
Seattle Sounders are unbeaten in the last four home matches against LA Galaxy with 3 wins and a draw. They had lost just once in the last 10 games against LA Galaxy in front of their home crowd, winning 7 and drawing 2.
Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy: Predictions
Things might be not going as planned for Seattle Sounders FC after tasting defeats in 5 of their last 7 games. But they will definitely take some confidence looking at the strong home record they have against LA Galaxy in recent seasons. At the same time, they are also aware of the fact that Galaxy are struggling to win matches lately and will be backing up their chances to get their turbulent season back on track.
LA Galaxy had won just once away game so far this season, drawing 4 and losing 3. They remain a vulnerable team on the road this season and combining with their poor record at Seattle, they are expected to struggle to get a result on Saturday night.
I expect Seattle Sounders to get something out of this match, at least a draw, if not a win. There is also a good chance that both teams might the back of the net in this fixture.
Double Chance – Seattle/Draw
Both Teams to Score
Over 2.5 goals.