If you don’t have any plans to celebrate the Fourth of July, here’s an idea. Sit back, relax and enjoy a real clash of the titans. The Los Angeles Galaxy will play host to Sporting KC in the MLS Game of the Week. The winner will become the main pursuer of the Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference.
Sporting KC could climb to the top with a victory. For that to happen, Seattle has to lose against Colorado. Let’s take a look at the latest news, stats, injury reports and the MLS Odds for Los Angeles Galaxy vs Sporting KC. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider!
Game: Los Angeles Galaxy vs Sporting KC
Location: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson
Time: Sunday, July 4, 10:30 p.m. ET
Television: Spectrum SN
Live Stream: MLS Live on ESPN+
Major League Soccer Betting Lines
|Los Angeles Galaxy||Pk -105||+155||3 -130o||1½ +105o/-135u|
|Sporting KC||Pk -125||+145||3 Evu||1½ -105o/-125u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 70
- Los Angeles Galaxy Victories: 30 (109 goals)
- Sporting KC Victories: 24 (89 goals)
- Draws: 16
The last time they met, in 2019, Los Angeles Galaxy crushed Sporting KC 7-2. No, that’s not a typo. LA scored six goals during the second half, including a hat trick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Sebastian Lletget scored twice.
Los Angeles haven’t lost to KC in their last three meetings, but KC is 4-4-2 in their last 10 encounters. During that span, the Galaxy scored 16 goals, two more than Sporting KC. Both finished with a clean sheet twice.
Sporting KC last defeated LAG in 2018. They won 2-0 at Dignity Health Sports, previously known as StubHub Center.
Why bet on Los Angeles Galaxy?
After losing 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders, Los Angeles emerged from the ashes and won their last two games. First, they defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1, then the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1, both on the road.
Now, they return home to face Sporting KC. They’re 4-0-1 at home, 4-1 against the spread and 1-3-1 over/under. Overall, the Galaxy now have one more win this season (seven) than they had all of last season.
One of the main reasons for you to consider them as your sports betting pick is Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. He leads the league in scoring with 10 goals. Only four players have scored more through their first 10 appearances in an MLS season. He has been named the MLS Player of the Week three times already.
Of course, he hasn’t done it all alone. Defensively, LA improved over the last four games, allowing only one goal per game.
Five Galaxy players will play in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The list includes Efrain Alvarez, Jonathan dos Santos, Sebastian Lletget, Oniel Fisher, and Giancarlo Gonzalez. Don’t worry, they’ll be available for this game.
Their expected lineup is Jonathan Bond; Julian Araujo, Sega Coulibaly, Nick DePuy, Jorge Villafana; Kevin Cabral, Jonathan dos Santos, Samuel Grandsir, Sebastian Lletget; Efrain Alvarez, Javier Hernandez.
Why Bet on Sporting KC?
Sporting KC sits in second place over the Western Conference with 23 points, two less than the Seattle Sounders. They’re 7-2-3, and they’re the highest-scoring team with 22 goals.
Most recently, they won two straight games at home. First, 3-1 against Colorado, then 2-1 against Los Angeles FC. They lost their last road game 2-1 to Portland Timbers. In fact, they’re 2-0-3 when playing on the road, 2-3 against the spread and 3-1-1 over/under.
Sporting KC found several very talented youngsters who have had an immediate impact. Gianluca Busio, Felipe Hernandez, Jaylin Lindsey and Daniel Salloi top the list.
“At the midpoint of the season, injuries tend to happen and it’s super-hot, you need the entire roster. These kids just seem to step up time and time again,” said veteran defender Graham Zusi after beating LAFC.
Daniel Salloi leads the team in scoring with seven goals, one more than Alan Pulido. Busio has played really well, so well that he’s going to represent USA in the Gold Cup. Pulido will be representing Mexico in the same tournament.
The resilience of this team is uncanny, Sporting has 16 points after going behind this season. That’s more than 19 teams have in all their matches in total in 2021.
Their expected lineup is Tim Melia; Jaylin Lindsey, Llie Sanchez, Andreu Fontas, Luis Martins; Roger Espinoza, Gianluca Busio, Felipe Hernandez; Khiry Shelton, Daniel Salloi, Alan Pulido.
Final Analysis and Predictions
We have competitive sides. Los Angeles Galaxy wants to show that they’re up for great things. Sporting KC wants to keep up with the Seattle Sounders. That’s the recipe for an entertaining game with plenty of goals.
Sporting KC scored at least twice in seven matches, while LA scored five goals in their last two games. Expect some fireworks and the total to go over three goals.
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Score Prediction: Los Angeles Galaxy 2 – Sporting KC 2