MLS Soccer: Los Angeles Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Los Angeles Galaxy begins a three-game road trip, while making their first of two appearances at Rio Tinto Stadium in 2015. They will have three matches in an eight-day span that takes them from Los Angeles to Utah, and culminates in Dallas on May 9. This is the first of three overall meetings the two will have this season, as the Galaxy looks to repeat the 2014 success they had against Salt Lake, where they didn’t allow a single goal in the three meetings last year.
Injuries have been the early story for Los Angeles, as they are still likely to be without last year's league MVP Robbie Keane, who is among five others who appear on the official injury report at the MLS web site. The Galaxy comes off two successive 1 - 1 draws with the Red Bulls and, most recently, with the Colorado Rapids last weekend where they dominated the stat sheet, especially in the second half.
They did not allow a single shot on goal in the last 45, and controlled the possession battle by a 65/35 clip as a whole.
Salt Lake is also facing some absences, as we see again on the MLS home page that five players are set to miss significant time. At forward,Joao Plata has a fractured fifth metatarsal, and Sebastian Jaime suffered a right tibia fracture. The defensive line will be without both Chris Schuler, who is dealing with a torn medial meniscus, and Boyd Okwuonu who is dealing with a banged up shoulder. Midfielder Javier Morales still has no timetable for a return after a concussion.
Salt Lake finds themselves only a point out of the Western Conference basement, and has gone four straight games without three points, only managing two draws paired with two losses.
As we mentioned last weekend, Salt Lake had gone three straight without scoring a single goal, but did find the net in a 1 - 1 draw vs San Jose to at least salvage a point at home. Although they did it without scoring a goal of their own. San Jose's Chris Wondolowski scored for San Jose just before the 20-minute mark, and San Jose defensemen Victor Bernardez put the equalizing goal in to his own net so, officially, Salt Lake still has gone four straight without a goal of their own.
After this match with the Galaxy at home, Salt Lake hits the road for four of their next five games, and will face seven matches in the month of May.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Los Angeles leads the recent series having 5 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
LA Pk -115
RSL Pk -115
Total O/U 2:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
What is there to analyze? We called it last weekend, and we will call it again, because Real Salt Lake has no idea where the net is.
Naturally, it will come to an end at some point, but until it does, as we have mentioned before, it is not a simple trend. It is a fact that Salt Lake is not scoring, and it won't get any easier against a stingy LA back line that has size and experience.
The line setters have caught on to it though and have now reduced the total to a straight 2, although attempting to charge $35 in juice to pay for the Over will make us move in another direction.
The prediction goes to the Los Angeles Galaxy, and the Pk Draw no Bet handicap line of -115, simply due to the fact that until Salt Lake finds some confidence up front, we cannot invest in them, even at home.
Even with three matches for LA in 8 days and knowing they have to leave something in the tank for Dallas, there is no reason to sit back. Salt Lake hasn't scored a goal of their own in four outings.