MLS News: Prediction: Los Angeles FC – Minnesota United

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Verdict: Total goals under 3.5

Best odds: 13/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

On Wednesday night (early Thursday morning in Europe) Los Angeles FC will welcome Minnesota United at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California, into the MLS. The match will be the 16th of the season for the hosts and the 15th for the guests.

Los Angeles FC

Los Angeles has whistled to the same tune this term as the last one so far, more or less. After finishing seventh in the Western Conference last time, they are currently fifth with 22 points, one more than Minnesota in sixth and two more than Real Salt Lake in seventh. They’ve also played a game more than both of these rivals, so it’s not quite and advantage over either of them.

However, their recent form is quite decent; three wins, one draw and two defeats in their last six league games. First they lost to Sporting KC away 2-1, then they beat Real Salt Lake away 0-1, they beat Austin FC away 0-2, they completed a double at Real Salt Lake in 2-1 home, lost 2-1 away to Portland Timbers, and eventually played a 2-2 draw at home to Vancouver Whitecaps.

Team news

Manager Bob Bradley will be without the services of striker Kwadwo Opoku due to a knee injury, while midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye is still representing Canada at the CONCACAF Golden Cup.

Carlos Vela will certainly start in attack, as will midfielder Jose Cifuentes who scored the 75th-minute equalizer against Vancouver in the last game and is now the club’s top scorer with five goals this season.

Minnesota United

As has been said, Minnesota United are currently in sixth place with 21 points, just one less than LA FC just above and one more than Real Salt Lake in seventh, and in this game they have one game less on their opponents. This is obviously the perfect opportunity for Adrian Heath’s men to bypass LA FC in the standings and give a significant boost to their chances of retaining a place in the final series play-offs.

They will go to Los Angeles with some confidence, bringing a slightly better set of conditions than the home team. Of their last six league games, Minnesota have won four, drew one and lost one. The race began with a 2-0 home win against Austin FC, followed by a 0-1 away win in Portland. Then there was a brief leap, when they drew 2-2 at home to San Jose and lost 2-0 away to Colorado, but quickly bounced back with home wins against Seattle Sounders (1-0) and Portland. again (2-1).

Team news

Heath has some problems with the central defenders. Ike Opara is out with a concussion and Michael Boxall has yet to recover from a hamstring injury he sustained a few weeks ago.

Goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair is away for the Golden Cup with Canada, but Tyler Miller has five goalless goals to his name, making him third in the MLS. Robin Lod and Emanuel Reynoso are expected to be there to provide creativity in midfield, with Adrien Hunou ready to lead the line in attack.

Conclusion

Minnesota are currently in better shape and, as has been said, will be looking to take the opportunity to overtake LA FC at the conference table. It remains to be seen whether the home team will be able to stop them. However, bookmakers mostly see LA FC as a favorite.

Be that as it may, these teams rarely see more than three goals in their matches. It’s not unheard of, but it’s rare.

Verdict: Total goals under 3.5

Best odds: 13/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

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