LA Galaxy, the most successful side in MLS history, are having a really tough times of things at the moment. Not only did their star studded squad underperform massively last year, but they seem destined for another disappointing season. To make matters even worse, a new side has emerged from Los Angeles to take their mantle, and at the moment Los Angeles FC are having a far better season than their veteran neighbours despite it being their first competitive season.
The old guns are showing a bit of promise though. They beat San Jose Earthquakes at the weekend to make it back to back wins for the first time this season. In fact, this marks the first time they’ve recorded consecutive MLS wins since May last year.
It’s not been enough to push LA Galaxy back into the playoff zone though, with them lying 7th in the Western Conference and a point outside the top six. They do have two games in hand on Vancouver Whitecaps above them, but they are set for a tough couple of months. They will be without two Designated Players after the dos Santos brothers were called up to the Mexico squad for the World Cup, so they’ll have to try and get back on track without them.
FC Dallas are the first side to try and take advantage of that. The 2016 MLS Supporters Shield champions also had a tough season last year, but unlike their opponents they seem to have learned from their mistakes. Their 1-0 win away to Toronto last time out leaves them 4th in the Western Conference, four points better off than LA Galaxy and with a game in hand. If they utilise their games in hand they could move top of the conference as well.
The visitors are still finding it difficult to win matches at times, but their determination to not be beaten has returned. They have only lost one league game this season, drawing five and winning five in the process. That defeat came against the in form New York City as well, which is a forgivable loss.
LA Galaxy have lost three of their last four home games as well, and given FC Dallas’ excellent ability to avoid defeat we think a FC Dallas Win or Draw Double Chance looks a good choice, along with a 1-1 correct score predictions.
LA Galaxy Predicted Lineup: Bingham, Klimenta, Ciani, Skjelvik, Romney, Lletget, Kitchen, Pontius, Alessandrini, Boateng, Ibrahimovic
FC Dallas Predicted Lineup: Maurier, Cannon, Hedges, Ziegler, Nedyalkov, Acosta, Arboleda, Lamah, Diaz, Caicedo, Urruti
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FC Dallas have won five, drawn one, and lost one of their last seven meetings with LA Galaxy, with their last defeat coming all the way back in 2015.
Defender Rolf Feltscher and striker Bradford Jamieson are out injured, whilst both Jonathan and Giovani dos Santos have been called up to the Mexico squad, and Ola Kamara is away with Norway.
Defender Kris Reeves is still recovering from sports hernia surgery, but apart from that FC Dallas are expected to be fully fit.