LA Galaxy host FC Dallas in the late game on Wednesday night at the StubHub Center as both sides look to end poor winless streaks.
The Galaxy are without a win in four, and Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Dynamo means they have only scored one in their past three games.
They are missing Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez, who are with the USMNT’s training camp but Robbie Keane should feature for LA in tonights match.
FC Dallas are on a five-game winless run, and their 1-1 draw with Chivas USA at the weekend ended a run of four losses in a row.
They started the season so well, but are now really struggling and injuries to key players isn’t making their task any easier.
Mauro Diaz will be out for a lengthy period, and midfielder Hendry Thomas is also expected to miss around six weeks too.
Dallas still sit in third in the Western Conference on 17 points, eight higher than bottom placed LA, who have played four games less.
Tonight’s game should be a tight contest as neither side can afford to lose, and Dallas will look to soak up pressure and counter-attack through the pace of Fabian Castillo.
The Galaxy are playing just their third home game of the season, and will relish the prospect of playing in front of their own fans after four consecutive away matches.
They will need to start taking their chances, they have scored just eight goals in eight games and have a chance conversion rate of just 5%. A shocking statistic when they have Robbie Keane up front.
(Photo: Robbie Keane will want to add to his 5 goals in tonight’s meeting)
Keane started behind Rob Friend and Samuel on Saturday, but he will need to feature as the striker tonight if the Galaxy want to get goals, and they should as Dallas have not kept a clean-sheet all season.
Both sides play again at the weekend, and will want to take maximum points from the double gameweek, though it’s a tough task for Dallas who travel to Real Salt Lake on Sunday. LA have another home game against Philadelphia and a good opportunity to push up the table.
Key Player: Fabian Castillo – Dallas will need him to break quickly whenever they have the opportunity, as they will look to soak up pressure from LA all night.
Key Statistic: LA Galaxy have scored from just 5% of their chances created so far this season.
Prediction: LA Galaxy 2-0 FC Dallas