Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy sit side by side in the Western Conference in third and fourth respectively and we should be seeing these two franchises take part in the post-season.
Seattle put an end to a run of four games without a win last time out as they travelled to rivals Portland Timbers during rivalry week and secured a huge 2-1 win at Providence Park. LA Galaxy came up against their strong rivals and Western Conference leaders in LAFC and they earned a 3-3 draw in a match which ended up being a classic as many people predicted.
The point earned by LA Galaxy against their bitter rivals in the latest edition of the ‘El Trafico’ was one they would have taken; however, they may be slightly disappointed having built a 3-1 lead after a quarter of an hour. Taking a draw wasn’t the end of the world though, and they will be buoyed after building themselves to three games unbeaten, an important mini-run they’re currently on after losing three games in succession recently.
The last meeting between Seattle Sounders and the LA Galaxy literally came two weeks ago as they played out a 2-2 draw at Dignity Health Sports Park. Raul Ruidiaz put Seattle ahead in the first half before Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace to give his side the lead. Unfortunately for him and the Galaxy, Jorgen Skjelvik was at fault for a late own goal which gifted the Sounders a point with fewer than ten minutes left on the clock.
The head-to-head record between Seattle and LA Galaxy is even with a mixed bag of results. From the last five meetings, each side has one win to their name and the other three games ended all square.
The Sounders will be without both Will Bruin and Victor Rodriguez who are ruled out of the match against the Galaxy through injury. They could also miss Alex Roldan and Jordan Morris who are listed as doubts with injury issues.
Romain Alessandrini remains a long-term absentee for LA Galaxy, and they could be without Perry Kitchen who has a groin injury.
Seattle Sounders are odds-on favourites ahead of the meeting in the early hours of Sunday morning and I would say that is a fair assessment from the bookies, especially when you consider the fact that the Sounders were 5-0 winners when they last met at CenturyLink Field.
LA Galaxy’s away form isn’t great as they have lost four of their last five matches on the road, three of them without scoring. The Galaxy have also conceded 15 goals across their last five away, an average of three goals a game conceded. Seattle to win @ 1.70 looks like a great bet.
Both teams to score looks like a solid selection at 1.50 as an impressive eight out of the last 10 Seattle home matches have seen this selection win, including the last four in succession at CenturyLink. The Galaxy scored three in their last away match and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in red-hot form. It would be fair to expect at least one goal from them on Sunday.
There is value in chucking these selections together and backing Seattle Sounders to win with both teams scoring. Seattle’s last home match was a 3-3 draw and the Galaxy’s last away match was a 3-3 draw. I am expecting a goal-fest here with Seattle edging it and taking the three points.