Real Salt Lake VS LA Galaxy Match Prediction
These two teams have met some 39 times in the past, and the similarity of their records against each other is spooky:
Real Salt Lake: W15 D8 L16 GF 60 GA 62
LA Galaxy: W16 D8 L15 GF 62 GA 60
But the good news for Salt Lake supporters is that they tend to dominate in the home matches, having only lost twice in their last 15 encounters (seven wins, six draws).
This should be an interesting clash as the Western Conference’s draw kings LA Galaxy (13 stalemates in 27 games) take on the division’s non-draw specialists in Real Salt Lake (none in their last six).
Salt Lake have won four of their last six to cement their place towards the head of the league table, and that’s a run which includes three straight wins at home; two of which came against Dallas and Colorado, who are placed first and third in the division respectively. They haven’t lost at home since October 2015 – a run of 14 matches without tasting defeat.
LA Galaxy had gone half-a-dozen without winning prior to their 2-1 triumph over Columbus Crew, and they achieved that without three of their big names in Steven Gerrard, Nigel de Jong and Robbie Keane. It will be interesting to see the starting eleven selected for this match then.
The Los Angeles outfit’s woes have been precipitated by a lack of form on the road – three wins in seventeen – and so that will surely play into the hands of a Salt Lake side who love playing at home; especially against the Galaxy.
There should be goals too: Real Salt Lake have kept just two clean sheets in their last ten at home, while LA Galaxy are even more porous on the road: only achieving one shutout once in their last ten.
We can understand the logic on the part of the bookmakers in making Salt Lake an odds-against chance here – LA Galaxy have that nagging habit of stealing draws – so here’s the logical punt from this match: back Salt Lake with a Draw No Bet wager at 4/6. Both Teams to Score is also available at 4/6, and that is a more attractive proposition than Over 2.5 Goals (4/5) given that this match could well end in a 1-1 draw.
Having beaten Colorado Rapids last time out, Real Salt Lake are now in prime position to finish second in the Western Conference and progress to the Final Series automatically. But they will need to avoid defeat against another of their key rivals, LA Galaxy, here to strengthen their position further.
Goalkeeper:- Nick Rimando
Defenders:- Chris Wingert, Jamison Olave, Justen Glad, Demar Phillips
Midfielders:- Javier Morales, Kyle Beckerman, Luke Mulholland
Forwards:- Joao Plata, Juan Martinez, Yura Movsisyan
A win over Columbus Crew last time out kept alive LA Galaxy’s hopes of an automatic Final Series berth and ended a run of six MLS matches without a victory. They face another crunch clash here however against Salt Lake.
Goalkeeper:- Brian Rowe
Defenders:- Daniel Steres, Ashley Cole, AJ De La Garza, Robbie Rogers
Midfielders:- Steven Gerrard, Raul Mendiola, Giovanni dos Santos, Sebastian Lletget, Baggio Husidic
Forwards:- Ema Boateng