We’re counting down to MLS action taking place on Sunday as San Jose Earthquakes will be taking on Los Angeles Galaxy.
Our San Jose Earthquakes v Los Angeles Galaxy predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (including the best match odds).
San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Earthquakes head into this game after a 1-1 MLS drawn game vs FC Dallas.
In that match, San Jose Earthquakes managed 55% possession and 19 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. The only player to score for San Jose Earthquakes was Jeremy Ebobisse (24'). On the other side, FC Dallas got 9 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Jáder Obrian (16') was the scorer for FC Dallas.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games that San Jose Earthquakes have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that San Jose Earthquakes have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 games, letting in 11 goals in the process.
Los Angeles Galaxy
Los Angeles Galaxy go into this clash following a 4-1 MLS win versus Colorado Rapids in their previous fixture.
In that match, Los Angeles Galaxy managed 52% possession and 20 attempts at goal with 12 of them on target. For Los Angeles Galaxy, goals were scored by Gastón Brugman (22', 52'), Raheem Edwards (28') and Javier Hernández (31'). Colorado Rapids got 15 shots at goal with 6 on target. Sam Nicholson (91') was the scorer for Colorado Rapids.
Demonstrating their involvement in productive matches, the back of the net has been hit 21 times in the prior 6 matches in which Los Angeles Galaxy have taken to the field, making it an average of 3.5 goals each clash. Opposing teams have got 10 from this total. Putting that to one side, it remains to be seen whether such a trend will be sustained in this game or not.
Head to head
A glance at their most recent head-to-head meetings going back to 04/10/2020 shows that San Jose Earthquakes have won 4 of these and Los Angeles Galaxy 2, with the tally of drawn results standing at 0.
A combined sum of 20 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 12 of them for Quakes and 8 being from The Galactics. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.33.
The last league meeting between the two was MLS match day 28 on 14/07/2022 when it finished Los Angeles Galaxy 2-3 San Jose Earthquakes.
In that game, Los Angeles Galaxy had 53% possession and 25 shots at goal with 10 on target. The scorer was Dejan Joveljić (48', 88').
On the other side, San Jose Earthquakes got 11 shots on goal with 4 on target. Cristian Espinoza (13'), Jeremy Ebobisse (14') and Marcos López (40') scored.
The match was refereed by Allen Chapman.
Team News: San Jose Earthquakes
George Asomani (Hip Injury) and Ousseni Bouda (Fractured Foot) will be missing for San Jose Earthquakes manager Alex Covelo.
It seems likely that Quakes should opt for a 4-3-3 formation for the game, beginning the first half with JT Marcinkowski, Tommy Thompson, Rodrigues, Nathan Cardoso, Tanner Beason, Jan Gregus, Jackson Yueill, Jamiro Monteiro, Benjamin Kikanovic, Jeremy Ebobisse and Cade Cowell.
Team News: Los Angeles Galaxy
Out of a mainly healthy group, there’s only the sole fitness worry for the Los Angeles Galaxy manager Greg Vanney to be concerned with. Jorge Villafaña (Knee Surgery) won’t be playing here.
We’re of the thinking that The Galactics will likely elect for a 4-4-2 lineup, choosing Jonathan Bond, Julian Araujo, Sega Coulibaly, Derrick Williams, Raheem Edwards, Marco Delgado, Gaston Brugman, Victor Vazquez, Riqui Puig, Javier Hernandez and Samuel Grandsir.
In our view, San Jose Earthquakes have it within them to find the back of the net against this Los Angeles Galaxy team, although just one goal likely won’t be enough to avoid defeat.
We’re going for a 1-2 winning score for Los Angeles Galaxy after the 90. It will be interesting to see how this one goes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
San Jose Earthquakes
Stadium: PayPal Park (18,000)
Captain: Jackson Yueill
Chairman: John Fisher
Manager: Alex Covelo
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Western Conference)