Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. LA Galaxy
Venue: Orlando City Stadium – Saturday, April 15 – 14:30 ET (19:30 BST)
Match Odds: Orlando 5/4 – Draw 23/10 – LA Galaxy 2/1
Orlando City host LA Galaxy on Saturday night as they look to keep their 100% home record intact against a Galaxy side that have been hit and miss through the first few weeks of the 2017 season.
Orlando enter Week 7 with the second-best points-per-game record in MLS so far. They’ve only played four games but have won three – all of which have come at their new stadium.
They known that making Orlando City Stadium a fortress will ensure they have a strong chance of making the playoffs for the first time and beating the Galaxy on Saturday would keep them well on track at the top end of the Eastern Conference.
Jason Kreis will be pleased with his team’s performances so far, especially considering star man Kaka has been out since the opening day. They edged past the New York Red Bulls 1-0 last weekend and have only conceded one home goal in three games so far.
LA Galaxy picked up their second win of the campaign at home to Montreal last weekend, getting their first home points of the season in the process. Their only other win came away at Real Salt Lake but disappointing defeats to Vancouver, Portland and Dallas mean it’s hard to judge exactly where the Galaxy are as a team at this stage.
Curt Onalfo has the quality at his disposal to challenge for trophies once again, as the Galaxy always expect, but they need to start finding some consistency to build a platform for success this term.
A win in Florida this weekend would put them in a strong position, but defeat would leave them with plenty more questions to answer.
This will be just the third meeting between these two sides. Orlando beat LA 4-0 at home in the first ever clash in 2015 before the Galaxy got revenge with a 4-2 win in California last season.
Orlando City will be without Matias Perez Garcia on Saturday as the playmaker is suspended. Kaka remains sidelined through injury, along with Tony Rocha, Seb Hines, Rafael Ramos and Jose Aja. Antonio Nocerino is a doubt after picking up a calf injury last weekend.
LA Galaxy will be without Jose Villarreal as he serves the first of a two-match suspension. Robbie Rogers and Sebastian Lletget remain out injured.
Orlando City’s form: W/W/L/W
LA Galaxy’s form: L/L/W/L/W
Key Stat: There have been 10 goals in the two previous meetings between these sides – an average of five per game – so another attacking contest is expected on Saturday.
Key Player: Romain Alessandrini – The French winger has stepped up for LA Galaxy in recent weeks, scoring three goals and picking up two assists in his last three outings. If LA are to take anything away from Orlando on Saturday, they’ll need the French DP to deliver once again.
Orlando City 2-1 LA Galaxy – Both sides will fancy their chances of walking away with three points from this one. Orlando have looked strong at home and have been tough to break down at the back. The Galaxy have the attacking players to cause them problems but ultimately haven’t looked good enough to win a game like this at this stage of the campaign. Orlando look set to edge it.