New-Look Galaxy Must Start Playoff Push
The Los Angeles Galaxy have slid down the standings over the last month with five losses in the last six games. Rayan Raveloson is now gone while Riqui Puig has arrived from FC Barcelona for a new-look midfield as head coach Greg Vanney and the Galaxy look to rebound. With 11 games left after the All-Star break, the Galaxy start their charge from ninth place against the 11th-place Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.
Cavallini Strikes Late for Whitecaps
The Vancouver Whitecaps are in 11th place in the West and, like the Galaxy, really need to get things going if they are going to make the playoffs. They knocked off the Houston Dynamo 2-1 last weekend, their first win since July 2.
Vancouver has actually played better against the better teams lately with a draw against Nashville and Portland plus a July 2 win over first-place LAFC.
In the game against Houston, the Whitecaps trailed after just six minutes. But they battled back at home and scored twice in the final five minutes of the game. Lucas Cavallini has been the leading scorer all season and he netted the game-winner against Houston.
If Vancouver is going to pull an upset and cover the spread this weekend, it will need Cavallini to play well. The Canadian striker has eight goals and no other Vancouver player has more than three. The other key player is goalkeeper Cody Cropper, who has 23 saves and 16 goals allowed in 12 starts.
Galaxy Finding New Ways to Disappoint
Given their pedigree and talent level, there isn’t a more frustrating team than the Los Angeles Galaxy. They battled for first place into July but hit a tailspin with a 3-2 loss to rival LAFC and just haven’t recovered. They have allowed at least two goals in four of their last six games, and four of those games have gone over as a result.
The Galaxy hit rock bottom last week with a 4-2 loss at last-place Sporting KC. By time Chicharito scored, the Galaxy were down 3-0 and even his second goal of the game didn’t impact the final result. Those goals were big, though, as Chicharito hadn’t scored since July 4 and they need him to get goals to have a chance.
The Galaxy have six wins in 12 home games and they have lost every game in which they have allowed more than one goal. Jonathan Bond has started all 23 games in goal with 32 goals allowed and 60 saves.
LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Head-to-Head
These teams have not played yet this season and will meet in Vancouver next month. Last year, they tied 1-1 in Los Angeles and split two games at a neutral site in Utah, with the final score of 2-1 in both games. In the soccer odds, the Galaxy were favored in all three games in 2021.
All-time, the Galaxy lead the series 14-9 with six draws.
LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Game Information
- Game: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8-10-6) vs LA Galaxy (9-11-3)
- Location: Dignity Health Sports Park – Carson, Calif.
- Day/Time: Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 10 p.m. ET
- LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Live stream: fubo.tv
LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Betting Lines
LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC Prediction
The moneyline gives no value at all on the Galaxy at -165 when they have one win since July 4. If that line got down to -110, maybe, but it won’t happen. Vancouver at +450 is worth a look. If you think they can at last draw, you can look at the two-way odds for the Whitecaps.
Both teams should score in this game. The Galaxy have two shutouts in the last 13 games and have scored in 11 of the last 14 games. Meanwhile, Vancouver has scored in seven straight and allowed in goal in six straight MLS games.
With that said, even odds for over three goals is a good look. This game could be 2-2 or 3-1 the way the Galaxy have played defense lately. I’d even play this up to over 3½ goals if needed.