Major League Soccer: Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy
CenturyLink Field – Sunday, September 10 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)
Match Odds: Seattle 4/9 – Draw 100/30 – LA Galaxy 5/1
Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy: Preview
The Sounders come into the weekend at the top of the West. However, they could be down in third by the time they kick off on Sunday, depending on other results.
Seattle drew 1-1 in back-to-back Cascadia Cup clashes against rivals Vancouver and Portland. They are unbeaten in ten home games in MLS, having last lost in front of their own fans back in May.
LA Galaxy are 11 points outside the playoffs heading into the weekend. That margin could be even greater by the time this game kicks off. Another defeat would surely end their hopes of making the postseason.
The Galaxy picked up their first MLS win in two months last time out. That 3-0 win against Colorado snapped a nine-game winless run. If they can make it two wins on the spin, they will believe they can make a dramatic late charge for the playoffs.
But LA have lost five consecutive away games in all competitions. Sigi Schmid might be returning to his old stomping ground, but he’s unlikely to find any joy with his new team.
This will be the last of three meetings between the two this season. Seattle won 3-0 at StubHub Center back in April, before they played out a 0-0 draw in Schmid’s first game in charge of the Galaxy in July.
Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy: Team News
Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer will be without Nouhou Tolo after his red card last time out. Brad Evans is injured, while Harry Shipp is listed as ‘questionable’.
LA Galaxy are still without four players through injury. Robbie Rogers, Sebastian Lletget, Pele van Anholt and Baggio Husidic are all out for the season. Romain Alessandrini and Jermaine Jones are one booking away from suspension.
Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy: Key Points
Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/W/W/D/D
LA Galaxy’s last five: L/L/L/L/W
Key Stat: Seattle Sounders are unbeaten at home in ten MLS games.
Key Player: Clint Dempsey – The Sounders star has seven goals in his last eight MLS outings. He will be looking to keep his form going as Seattle look to stay atop the West.
Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy: Prediction
Seattle Sounders 3-1 LA Galaxy – Goals are to be expected on Sunday night. The Galaxy have to go for it, given their position in the West. Anything other than a win for the visitors would likely spell the end of their playoff hopes. Seattle are a force at home though and will be wanting to stay at the top of the West for the rest of the season. The hosts should prove too strong.