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Los Angeles Galaxy face off with Portland Timbers in Saturday’s forthcoming MLS meeting.
Our Los Angeles Galaxy v Portland Timbers tips, poll and stats can be seen in full below - as well as the best betting odds.
Los Angeles Galaxy
Los Angeles Galaxy, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following a 4-1 MLS triumph versus Austin FC.
In that match, Los Angeles Galaxy had 44% possession and 18 shots on goal with 10 on target. For Los Angeles Galaxy, the goals were scored by Javier Hernández (61'), Dejan Joveljić (64', 88') and Efraín Álvarez (90'). For their opponents, Austin FC got 12 shots at goal with 3 on target. Diego Fagúndez (53') was the scorer for Austin FC.
It’s been seldom in recent times where Los Angeles Galaxy have shown defensive steel. It will be a concern for them that Los Angeles Galaxy have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 games, giving up 11 goals on the way.
Following on from being beaten in their last game against Inter Miami in MLS action, Portland Timbers will be aiming to make amends here.
In that game, Portland Timbers managed 47% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 5 on target. The only player to score for Portland Timbers was Bill Tuiloma (78'). Inter Miami had 15 shots on goal with 6 on target. Leonardo Campana (27') and Robert Taylor (59') scored for Inter Miami.
Showing their fondness for action-packed matches, goals have been celebrated 23 times in the last six matches in which Portland Timbers have taken to the field, yielding a mean average of 3.83 goals each meeting. Opposition teams have got 12 from this total. However, we’ll just have to find out whether that trend will be maintained in this upcoming game or not.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head meetings stretching back to 08/10/2020, there has been little between the sides with Los Angeles Galaxy winning 3 of those games, Portland Timbers 3 and 0 being drawn in normal time.
A lot of goals were also scored during this period, 31 overall at an average of 5.17 goals per match.
The previous league meeting featuring these sides was MLS match day 8 on 03/04/2022 when it ended Portland Timbers 1-3 Los Angeles Galaxy.
That time, Portland Timbers managed 49% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 5 on target. The scorer was Bill Tuiloma (16' Own goal, 51').
Los Angeles Galaxy had 10 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Javier Hernández (9', 59') scored.
The match was refereed by Nima Saghafi.
Team News: Los Angeles Galaxy
Séga Coulibaly (Knee Injury) and Adam Saldaña (Ankle Injury) will be missing for Los Angeles Galaxy manager Greg Vanney.
We are thinking that The Galactics will possibly use a 4-2-3-1 formation, handing starts to Jonathan Bond, Julian Araujo, Nick DePuy, Derrick Williams, Raheem Edwards, Rayan Raveloson, Marco Delgado, Kévin Cabral, Efrain Álvarez, Samuel Grandsir and Javier Hernandez.
Team News: Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers boss Giovanni Savarese has to currently contend with reduced team options. Felipe Mora (Knee Surgery), Jaroslaw Niezgoda (Unknown Injury) and Diego Gutiérrez (Foot surgery) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
We’re of the thinking that The Timbers seem likely to utilise a 4-3-3 lineup, giving starts to Aljaz Ivacic, Justin Rasmussen, Dario Zuparic, Larrys Mabiala, J. Carlos Van, Yimmy Chara, David Ayala, Cristhian Paredes, Dairon Asprilla, Nathan Fogaça and Tega Ikoba.
When taking all factors into account, Los Angeles Galaxy are likely to be able to create a good number of chances & successful shots on target.
At the other end, Portland Timbers won’t find it easy to score a goal of their own but we do think it’s quite likely that they will be managing to get on the scoresheet.
We’re therefore anticipating a controlled 3-1 winning margin for Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the match.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Los Angeles Galaxy
Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park (27,000)
Captain: Javier Hernández
Chairman: Chris Klein
Manager: Greg Vanney
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Western Conference), Open Cup (Quarter-finals)