MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs LA Galaxy

Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Saturday, September 19 – 21:30 ET (02:30 BST)

Match Odds: Real Salt Lake 7/4 – Draw 5/2 – LA Galaxy 7/5

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake host LA Galaxy in the Western Conference on Saturday evening, with both sides pushing for different objectives.

RSL sit 9th on 35 points and this season has been far from ideal, but they still have a chance of making the playoffs, as they only trail Portland Timbers by six points.

Salt Lake are clearly outsiders for a playoff spot now, but nothing is impossible and this is what the side have to believe on the run-in to the end of the regular season.

They come into this one off the back of an impressive 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo and will be feeling confident after winning two of their last three.

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LA Galaxy are pushing for top spot in the Western Conference and will need to make sure they’re not dropping unnecessary points in their coming games.

They come into this one off the back of a 0-0 draw with Montreal Impact and will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways here.

Galaxy are one point off top spot but have played a game more than leaders Vancouver Whitecaps. If they can put together a winning run they have a great chance of winning the Supporters’ Shield.

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Team News

Real Salt Lake have two players doubtful for this one as Chris Schuler is out and Luis Silva is a doubt. Olmes Garcia, Demar Phillips and Jordan Allen are all one caution away from suspension.

LA Galaxy have four injury concerns. Brian Perk is out, while Jose Villarreal, Baggio Husidic and Todd Dunivant are doubts.

Key Points

Real Salt Lake’s last five in MLS: L/L/W/L/W

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

Key Stat: Real Salt Lake have kept a clean sheet in their last three home games against LA Galaxy in all competitions.

Key Player: Robbie Keane – The obvious choice. He can inspire his side to victory with his nose for goals and with suppliers like Steven Gerrard he will expect to have plenty of chances in this one.

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Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 1-2 LA Galaxy – Galaxy haven’t had the best away form this season but will prove just too much for RSL.


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