Last season, the Los Angeles Galaxy didn’t make the playoffs. And with only two games left in the regular season, they depend only on themselves to make it. Beating Real Salt Lake this Saturday would be enough to secure a spot.
The thing is that the Claret and Cobalt also need a victory to keep hope alive. They currently sit in eighth place in the Western Conference, one point behind Minnesota United. Trust me; you don’t want to miss this game, where Galaxy is the soccer betting favorite.
Los Angeles Galaxy: Chicharito & Brugman Leading the Way
Javier Chicharito Hernandez had a great start to the season but then went into an impasse. Luckily for the Los Angeles Galaxy, he’s waking up right on time. What has been the difference? Well, Riqui Puig has helped a lot. Plus, he wants to be in the 2022 World Cup, and the only way to do so is to score goals like crazy.
After losing to the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0, the Galaxy won their last two games with a 7-3 aggregate. First, they crushed the Colorado Rapids 4-1 despite playing the last 30 minutes with one player less as Douglas Costa was sent off. Gaston Brugman, Raheem Edwards, and Chicharito were the scorers. Brugman scored a brace.
They recently visited the San Jose Earthquakes and won 3-2. This time, Chicharito was the one scoring a brace, while Brugman contributed one goal. Right now, you won’t find a more in-sync duo across the league.
Overall, the Galaxy has lost only one of their last nine games. However, it’s been over two years since they won three straight league games. According to the Las Vegas odds, their chances to rewrite history are pretty good as they’re offering a -140 price.
Real Salt Lake: Go Big or Go Home
That’s it; Real Salt Lake has no other option than to win. The problem is that they haven’t won since late August. Since defeating Minnesota United 3-0, they’re 0-1-3. They only scored one goal in those four games, while their opponents scored seven.
Most recently, they played host to Cincinnati FC and lost 2-1. Maikel Chang scored the opener for the Claret and Cobalt, but the visitors turned things around thanks to Brenner Souza’s brace. RSL won possession with 59 percent and took five more shots on target but wasn’t effective in front of goal.
Individually, Sergio Cordova is the team’s top scorer with eight goals. Followed by Jefferson Savarino with six. Overall, Savarino has 11 goal contributions, more than any other player on the team. They aren’t as good as Chicharito and Brugman but don’t underestimate them; they’re more than capable of hurting the Galaxy on the counterattack. Even so, the visitors come in as the betting online underdogs, thanks to a +350 price.
“It’s difficult during this time of the year when everyone is fighting for a playoff spot because you can’t put a foot in the wrong direction. If you do, you need to make sure that the guy behind you is ready to make a play,” said Mastroeni during an interview. They better be ready because the Galaxy will be.
Los Angeles Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 55
- Los Angeles Galaxy Victories: 23 (85 goals)
- Real Salt Lake Victories: 20 (86 goals)
- Draws: 12
Real Salt Lake has won consecutive matches against the Los Angeles Galaxy following a pair of home wins in September 2021 and April 2022. First, the Claret and Cobalt won 2-1. Most recently, 1-0. This is only the third time RSL has won consecutive matches against the Galaxy, never doing so in three consecutive meetings.
Los Angeles Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake Match Information
- Date: Saturday, October 1st
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA
- Los Angeles Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake Live Stream: fubo.tv
Los Angeles Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake Betting Lines
Los Angeles Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake Prediction
Besides the fact that both are in a must-win situation, the total has gone over in seven of the last 10 meetings between the two. In other words, if there’s something you can expect from this game, it’s goals. Chicharito is on fire. Brugman is on fire. However, LAG have conceded in their last 11 MLS games. Therefore, my soccer prediction is a close victory for the home side in which the total will go over three goals.
Score Prediction: Los Angeles Galaxy 3, Real Salt Lake 2