Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy
Venue: CenturyLink Field – Sunday, October 4 – 21:30 ET (02:30 BST)
Match Odds: Seattle Sounders 1/1 – Draw 12/5 – LA Galaxy 5/2
Sounders sit 4th in the Western Conference, on 46 points, trailing leaders Galaxy by four points, and will want to take a positive result from this one to avoid any late slip-ups in the race for a playoff spot.
They come into this one off the back of their 1-1 draw away against Sporting Kansas City, and are unbeaten in their last five.
Sounders are yet to beat Galaxy this season and will hope that their recent form against their opponents at home, winning three of the last five at CenturyLink Field, will continue.Embed from Getty Images
LA Galaxy lead the Western Conference and the race for the Supporters’ Shield, so they have a lot to play for here.
They come into the game off the back of their 3-2 home win against FC Dallas, which ended their three game winless run.
Galaxy will hope their poor run of form away from home will not cost them in this tie, but know they face a tough task against Sounders forwards Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins.
LA’s big-game players need to step up once again this week if they are to take all three points here. Giovani Dos Santos, Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard all scored last weekend and the three of them will be looking to cause problems for the Sounders defence.Embed from Getty Images
Seattle Sounders are expecting to be without Roman Torres, Andres Correa and Andy Craven. They have five players who are one away from suspension; Zach Scott, Andy Scott, Andy Rose, Gonzalo Pineda, Oneil Fisher and Brad Evans.
LA Galaxy have three injury concerns. Brian Perk remains out while Todd Dunivant and Baggio Husidic are doubts. They have no players nearing suspension.
Seattle Sounders’ last five in MLS: W/W/D/W/D
LA Galaxy’s last five in MLS: W/L/L/W/W
Key Stat: LA Galaxy have failed to win 19 of their last 21 away matches in MLS.
Key Player: Obafemi Martins – The Sounders goal machine has netted 14 in 18 appearances this season and has eight in his last eight, as ever, we can expect him to be a nightmare for the opposition defenders.Embed from Getty Images
Seattle Sounders 2-1 LA Galaxy – Sounders to edge this one and take advantage of a Galaxy side who have struggled on the road.