Competition: Major League Soccer – Columbus Crew vs. LA Galaxy
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Saturday, June 13 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
Match Odds: Columbus Crew 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – LA Galaxy 5/2
The Crew have been out of sorts recently despite showing early promise and with one win in their last seven they are very much on a downward slope.Embed from Getty Images
However, they will take confidence knowing they won the same fixture last year 4-1 and the fact that all four of their wins have come at home this season will fill supporters with confidence.
Columbus Crew’s 2015 MLS record: P14 – W4 – D4 – L6
LA Galaxy are a team lacking conviction and a clear identity as manager Bruce Arena has struggled to cope with injuries this term, having failed to name the same starting XI back-to-back thus far.
With the reigning MLS Cup champions failing to win away from home this campaign, they will struggle to challenge for the title again should that not change soon.
LA Galaxy’s 2015 MLS record: P16 – W5 – D6 – L5
And now that their long-standing home record in the league has ended with the 1-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps last weekend, the Galaxy are in dire need of a winning run as we approach the midpoint of the season.Embed from Getty Images
This is a game between two sides desperate to win as they both need to start climbing their respective conferences after failing to live up to potential so far.
Columbus Crew may be without Wil Trapp, Chris Klute and Matt Lampson as they all remain doubtful. Emanuel Pogatetz may return to the starting lineup after being benched in the 2-1 loss to Montreal Impact. Justin Meram is unlikely to return from international duty in time to feature.
LA Galaxy remain without goalkeeper Brian Perk who is out for the season. Jose Villarreal, Robbie Rogers, Todd Dunivant and Dan Gargan are all doubts for the clash. Robbie Keane will be with the Ireland team, while AJ DeLaGarza and Bradford Jamieson IV are also away on international duty.
Columbus Crew’s last five: L/D/D/L/L
LA Galaxy’s last five: L/W/W/D/L
Key Stat: LA Galaxy haven’t won away from home in their last 14 matches in MLS.
Key Player: Kei Kamara – The powerful forward may not be in the best form of late but he has still netted 10 times this season and has six in his last five at MAPFRE Stadium.Embed from Getty Images
Columbus Crew 1-1 LA Galaxy – Honours even in this one. Columbus are normally good at home and Galaxy can’t seem to win away. But with neither playing to their potential this looks set to end as a score draw.