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MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs New York Red Bulls

LA Galaxy vs New York Red Bulls Preview and Prediction
Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls

Stadium: StubHub Center – Sunday, August 7 – 21:30 ET (02:30 BST)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 10/11 – Draw 5/2 – NY Red Bulls 14/5

Match Preview

LA Galaxy take on New York Red Bulls in one of the standout fixtures of the MLS season on Sunday night. Both are in good form and know this is a crucial fixture.

The Galaxy sit third in the West heading into the weekend, with the Red Bulls sat in third in the East. Both clubs have their eyes on their conference titles and know that three points here would give them another major boost.

LA Galaxy saw their four-game win streak ended in Seattle last weekend as they earned a 1-1 draw despite being outplayed for much of the contest.

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However, a return to StubHub Center will increase their chances of success as they remain one of the league’s strongest sides at home. They have still not lost in front of their own fans this season.

The Red Bulls have been in inconsistent form over the past month, but importantly have gone unbeaten through their last five games.

Jesse Marsch’s side drew 2-2 at Chicago Fire last weekend and have now failed to win any of their last five away games in MLS. That will be a concern ahead of this contest.

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The Red Bulls sealed a 3-0 CONCACAF Champions League win against Antigua GFC on Wednesday night. A second-string side played that game but it may still leave the squad fatigued here.

This will be the 25th regular season meeting between the two sides. The Red Bulls hold the advantage based on their previous encounters, winning 12 of the last 24 games. LA have won five, with the teams playing out seven draws, including a 1-1 tie in last year’s only meeting.

Team News

LA Galaxy will remain without Robbie Rogers, who is still sidelined following ankle surgery. Gyasi Zardes is a doubt with a chest muscle strain, so Sebastian Lletget may replace him in the starting lineup.

New York Red Bulls have been rocked by the loss of Dax McCarty, who is set to sit out for around 4 weeks following a leg fracture. He joins Gideon Baah on the sidelines, who remains out for the season. Kemar Lawrence and Damien Perrinelle returned from injuries in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday night but are unlikely to start this one so soon after.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s form: W/W/W/W/D

New York Red Bulls’ form: D/W/D/W/D

Key Stat: Denied – LA Galaxy have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four home games in MLS.

Key Player: Jelle Van Damme – The imposing Galaxy defender has enjoyed an excellent debut campaign in Major League Soccer. He is a natural leader at the back for LA and can also spread the field with his excellent long passing. He will look to help earn the Galaxy a fifth-straight home clean sheet here.

Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 2-0 New York Red Bulls – The Red Bulls have struggled to earn points on the road this season and have only won one of their 12 away from Red Bull Arena. LA are a strong force at home and have kept four clean sheets in a row at StubHub Center. They should seal three points here and look poised to keep their Western Conference surge on track.

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