MLS Preview and Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy

San Jose Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy

Venue: Stanford Stadium – Saturday, June 27 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: San Jose Earthquakes 15/8 – Draw 23/10 – LA Galaxy 7/5

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes take on LA Galaxy in the first Californian Clasico of the season as part of MLS Rivalry Week, with both sides coming into the game in solid form.

The Earthquakes have only lost one of their last eight in MLS and come into the game off the back of an impressive 2-0 win at Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders last weekend.

San Jose have had a full week to prepare for this game as they were one of just six sides not to play on Wednesday night, and that could be a major factor come the end of play.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

LA Galaxy did play on Wednesday night and will have to ensure fatigue doesn’t affect their performance in such a fierce contest. They thumped the Portland Timbers 5-0 on Wednesday in what was a stellar performance.

Bruce Arena fielded a very strong side for that game at StubHub on Wednesday and it will be interesting to see how many can go again in Stanford on Saturday.

LA have still not won away from StubHub in 2015. Their winless streak on the road is now at 15 games and so despite the fact they’ve scored 16 goals in their last three games in all competitions, it’s tough to predict them annihilating anyone on the road in the same way they do at home.

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San Jose have only won five Californian Clasico series since 1996, with the Galaxy winning the three-game series over the past two seasons without losing.

They beat the Quakes at Stanford Stadium for the first time in three attempts at the venue this time last year and could move to the top of the Western, depending on other results.

San Jose will be confident though, having only lost one of the last ten home meetings, and know a win will put them just three points behind their fierce rivals.

Team News

San Jose Earthquakes boss Dominic Kinnear will still be without strikers Innocent Emeghara and Steven Lenhart but has no other concerns coming into the game. Chris Wondolowski will likely start in midfield once more as he looks to score his ninth of the campaign.

LA Galaxy have four injury concerns as Brian Perk remains out for the season, while Todd Dunivant, Bradford Jamieson IV and Edson Buddle remain doubts. Bruce Arena will be forced to make changes from the midweek win against Portland with the likes of Sebastian Lletget and Baggio Husidic potentially having to make an impact off the bench. Lletget has four goals in four games and looks unstoppable right now.

Key Points

San Jose Earthquakes’ last five in MLS: W/D/L/D/W

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

Key Stat: LA Galaxy have not won away from StubHub Center in over 10 months now – a run of 15 MLS games.

Key Player: Matias Perez Garcia – The Argentinian playmaker has been excellent for San Jose this season and scored his first of the campaign in Seattle last week. Expect him to cause the Galaxy problems.

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Score Prediction

San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 LA Galaxy – It should be a lively contest in what is such an important game for both sets of fans but the end result will more than likely be a draw for the third straight Clasico game. LA can’t win away and San Jose look to be in good shape with the second best defensive record in the league. Low scoring draw.

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