The New York Red Bulls host LA Galaxy on a Saturday night in a meeting between two sides who are experiencing very different fortunes so far in 2019. The Red Bulls sit outside the playoff places in the Eastern Conference they have recorded just a solitary win in their last six. Whereas, the LA Galaxy are in very impressive form having won six of their last seven and are currently in second place in the West whilst having a game in hand over their rivals and table-toppers LAFC.
Head to Head
It’s hard to split these two from their previous meetings as they have both won twice and shared the spoils twice during their last six meetings. Goals aren’t hard to come by when the two face off as over 2.5 goals has come in during four of their last six, over 3.5 goals was seen in three of them whilst both teams have managed to score in their last four.
The last meeting between the pair came in April 2018 as the New York Red Bulls ran away 3-2 winners away from home in what was an entertaining display and a match which included four second half goals.
LA Galaxy and their fans will be encouraged to see that the prolific Bradley Wright-Phillips is ruled out of this game through injury. It comes as bad news for us neutrals though as BWP vs Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a competitive pairing that everybody wants to see. Florian Valot is also ruled out for the home side and he will be for the long-term as he recovers from an ACL injury.
The Galaxy do have injury problems of their own though as Perry Kitchen is out with a foot injury and upsettingly, star man Romain Alessandrini is on the treatment table for four months after undergoing surgery on his knee.
Back LA Galaxy to come away with something
Considering both side’s form going into the weekend, you’d be surprised to see that the Red Bulls are going off as the favourites. The main reasoning behind it is that they’re the home side and the Galaxy have to make the cross-country flight for the game in New Jersey.
The Galaxy are unbeaten in their last seven fixtures and they have scored a minimum of twice in six of them. They aren’t going to travel to the Red Bulls and roll over against a side who are clearly struggling after a run of just one win in their last six. I really like the look of LA Galaxy Draw No Bet at 2.60 as well as double chance at 1.72 if you prefer a slightly safer bet.
Another bet I like the look of is Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score anytime at 2.10. The big Swedish legend vowed to break every record in MLS this season and it would probably be foolish to dismiss him after he has already bagged eight goals in his first seven appearances this season.
Going back to the head to head, both teams to score looks like a worthy bet at 1.53 and one that has a great chance of coming in as it is a selection that has landed in the last four meetings between these two sides.
Both teams to score @ 1.53
LA Galaxy and draw @ 1.72
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score @ 2.10