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MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids

LA Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids Prediction LA Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids

Venue: StubHub Center – Saturday, May 2nd – 22:00 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: LA 1/2 – Draw 16/5 – Colorado 11/2

Match Preview

The late night game on Saturday night sees the LA Galaxy host the Colorado Rapids in a Western Conference clash that isn’t necessarily the formality the odds suggest.

LA are undefeated in their last 23 home matches in MLS. Their frightening form has seen StubHub Center become a fortress and Colorado will need to do a lot to break that streak.

With 10 points from a possible 12 at home this season, the Galaxy are rightly the favourites, and supporters will be expecting a win.

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And with the insurgence of youngster Bradford Jamieson IV playing upfront they still have a strikeforce that can hurt the Rapids, even without the injured Robbie Keane.

LA Galaxy’s 2015 MLS record: P8 – W3 – D3 – L2

Colorado had a poor start to 2015 after opening with three 0-0 draws. They have, however managed to break their winless run recently, having thumped FC Dallas 4-0 to earn their first win of the season last month and have only lost one of their last four now.

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Better away from home, the Rapids are not a team to bet against when on the road. Especially because they have only conceded once away all season, in the 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.

Colorado Rapids’ 2015 MLS record: P8 – W1 – D5 – L2

All of this just hides the fact that this is a side that will struggle to have success if they fail pick up points more often. Colorado are sitting bottom of the Western Conference and need to start climbing the table soon so this could be seen as a must win for the Rapids.

Team News

LA Galaxy: Brian Perk is out. Robbie Keane and Jose Villarreal are major doubts and Leonardo is a doubt but is expected to play. Bradford Jamieson IV could make another start in the absence of Keane, alongside Alan Gordon who is set to continue up front with Gyasi Zardes on the wing.

Colorado Rapids: Marcelo Sarvas is out so Sam Cronin could fill in. Marc Burch is out and Drew Moor is a doubt. Gabriel Torres is expected to lead the attack in place of Dominique Badji.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s last five in MLS: L/L/W/W/D

Colorado Rapids’ last five in MLS: L/W/L/D/D

Key Stat: LA Galaxy scored ten goals in three matches against the Rapids last season, including a 6-0 win at StubHub Center in their most recent meeting.

Key Player: Gyasi Zardes – In the absence of Robbie Keane, Zardes may be needed to step up and deliver the goals and chances to help Galaxy win this one.

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Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 2-0 Colorado Rapids – The Galaxy to win their third straight home game to keep that unbeaten run at StubHub Center going. The Rapids have been good on the road but could be fatigued by their game in New York on Wednesday night.

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About Jamie Ives (317 Articles)
MLS expert and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own

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