MLS Soccer Betting: Los Angeles vs Seattle
Saturday, August 8th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders look entirely different than they did the first time they met in April, and this Sunday'smatch at StubHub Center will feature a bevy of accomplished National and International superstars.
This being the second of three regular season meetings, the rivalry between the West Coast teams has grown over the years, as the two met in the final two regular season games a year ago and again met in the Conference Finals to decide who played for the MLS Cup. The Galaxy, as we know, lost home field advantage to the Sounders headed towards the playoffs a year ago.
Not only do the teams look a lot different from a season ago, but the dynamic has changed tremendously in both camps since the calendar turned to July.
Seattle, of course, has Clint Dempsey up front normally paired with his partner Obafemi Martins. It looks like Oba has been practicing this week to prepare for a heated battle with two playoff contending teams, who need results in the difficult Western Conference with only 10 or so games left in the season.
Seattle was not shy at the deadline, as they brought in two European talents this week they hope will end the scoring issues the Sounders have had as of late.
We obviously have to acknowledge that Dempsey was both suspended and then away for the Gold Cup with Brad Evans for most of July, as well as being without Obafemi Martins since their U.S Open Cup loss to Portland back in mid-June.
Not to mention that GK Stefan Frei was out of the lineup for a spell in net, although Seattle still does have Andres Correa, Andy Craven, and Osvaldo Alonso out this weekend, according to the official MLS injury report.
Seattle signed Nelson Valdez this week, and he has been practicing with the team, getting set to work with Obafemi Martins again after the two spent time together for Ruben Kazan of the Russian Premier League.
They also latched on to Andreas Ivanschitz, who is an Austrian National midfielder, to help boost composure in the middle of the pitch with his experience, which dates back to the 1999-2000 season as a 16-year-old for Rapid Vienna.
The Galaxy have not been shy in the deadline either, and on top of Steven Gerrard now being on the field every weekend, Donovan Ricketts looks and feels like he did when he helped the Galaxy win a title in his first stint in LA.
Omar Gonzales is back as an imposing figure in the middle of the back line. Oh, and there is this MVP guy from Dublin, Ireland you might have heard of? He's pretty good last we heard. Robbie Keane working with Gyasi Zardes and/or Alan Gordon, with a splash of Juninho, and now Giovani dos Santos, who just came on board in the summer window has us saying ... Good Luck facing the Galaxy down the stretch of the regular season!
Let's go out on a limb. The Galaxy has 12 games left in the regular season. With the schedule they have to finish out the year, we will say that the Galaxy will score at least 25 goals, averaging at worst just over 2 goals per game. And it could get worse than that as you really analyze the schedule with who the Galaxy have left.
Los Angeles leads all of MLS with 39 goals scored through 24 games, which is good enough to have them sitting in third place in the Western Conference standings entering the weekend.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
The Galaxy lead the recent series with 4 Wins, 3 Losses and 3 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
In 22 overall meetings since Seattle entered the league in 2009, the Galaxy have 11 Wins, 6 Losses and 5 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
LA -1 -105
Seattle +1 -115
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Have we used the expression asleep at the wheel on a few occasions?
This one has drunk driving written all over it, as the line setters have got to adjust this line come game time.
A simply -115 for a 2.5 to go Over the total is absolutely hysterical to see, so let's not waste any more time getting to that there prediction of ours.
You guessed it! Crash! Boom!
That was the car accident the line setters had putting out a -115 on this Over 2.5, so please, lower your heads as you walk to the window with your winning ticket in hand after these two make a 2 - 1 match look like child's play!
Goals thank you! With the hashtag #BecauseFutbol !!