Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. Sporting Kansas City
Venue: StubHub Center – Saturday, June 24 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)
Match Odds: LA Galaxy 29/20 – Draw 11/5 – Sporting Kansas City 9/5
Another weekend comes around and once again there are big games in Major League Soccer as Sporting Kansas City travel to the West coast in search of three points against LA Galaxy.
Unbeaten in eight MLS games, the Galaxy look in great form and seem to be restoring the type of form which has long been associated with the league’s most successful franchise. However, an early-season slump has put a dampener on the current buzz in LA as they sit five points of leaders Sporting KC in the West.Embed from Getty Images
Injuries haven’t helped the Californians as key players such as Robbie Rogers and Jermaine Jones are currently sidelined for extended periods. Their squad depth has of course been needed due to these injuries and current form pays tribute to this.
The Galaxy will be delighted with their 3-1 win at Colorado on Wednesday night, with Jack McBean scoring twice before a Romain Alessandrini penalty sealed three points on the road ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Sporting Kansas City have had a full week to prepare for this game but have only one win in five, so the favourite tag for this clash is possibly undeserved.Embed from Getty Images
They have struggled on their travels over the past couple of months, failing to win any of their last six away games in MLS. They had to settled for a 0-0 draw at San Jose last week but will be pleased to have finally kept an away clean sheet for the first time since April.
SKC have not enjoyed visiting LA over the years, as their last win away to the Galaxy came in June of 2004. Breaking that record before it gets even more embarrassing is the aim here for Peter Vermes’ side, especially if they want to re-affirm their status as the West’s side to beat this season.
LA Galaxy are without several key players for the visit of SKC. Robbie Rogers, Sebastien Lletget, Baggio Husidic, Daniel Steres, Brian Rowe and Jermaine Jones are all unavailable through injury. Bradley Diallo is listed as questionable and Raul Mendiola is a doubt. Giovani Dos Santos is away with Mexico at the Confederations Cup but Jack McBean will surely lead the attack again after his brace at Colorado on Wednesday.
Sporting Kansas City have only one doubt as Eric Palmer-Brown is listed as questionable with a thigh injury.
LA Galaxy’s last five: W/W/W/D/D
Sporting Kansas City’s last five: L/L/W/D/D
Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City have only scored in one of their last six league matches.
Key Player: Romain Alessandrini – The Frenchman has already asserted himself as a massive addition to a rebuilt Galaxy team. The wide-man provides creativity and an eye for goal which could prove the difference once again here.Embed from Getty Images
LA Galaxy 1-1 Sporting Kansas City – It’s a tough one to call considering league positions and form, but with LA having so many injuries and Sporting Kansas City returning to normality after the international break, SKC look more likely to win. However, we’re going to play it safe and predict a score draw.