Los Angeles Galaxy host Real Salt Lake in the MLS Western Conference on Wednesday, with the visitors looking to move inside the playoff positions. LA Galaxy, meanwhile, are five points behind league leaders Seattle Sounders, but do have an eight-point gap over Salt Lake, who are one place outside of the playoff places.
LA Galaxy have been a hit and miss side this season, but they’ve been strong going forward. The visitors have found the net 1.62 times per game in MLS this term, although they’ve conceded in all of their away trips. Real Salt Lake have conceded in 86% of their home matches, while nine of their last 12 matches have seen both teams score. LA Galaxy have seen BTTS land in five of their last six matches, including each of their last three trips.
Real Salt Lake ended their three-game winless run in the MLS with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps two Thursdays ago. However, they came crashing back to earth last time out as they were beaten 2-1 by a rejuvenated Los Angeles FC side.
Aaron Herrera canceled out Diego Rossi’s opener in the 18th minute, but Carlos Vela restored Los Angeles’ one-goal lead with 11 minutes remaining on the clock. Since opening the season with two consecutive wins, Freddy Juarez’s men have gradually fallen off the pace. They have managed just two wins from the subsequent 10 games, picking up four draws and losing on four occasions.
Real Salt Lake and LA Galaxy have met on 50 different occasions. With 22 wins, LA Galaxy have been the superior side, while Real Salt Lake have picked up 17 victories. Eleven games have ended in draws.
Ochoa was outstanding in goal at the weekend, but it wasn't enough to stop RSL falling to LAFC 2-1. This has seen them slip out of the playoff spots now, especially after a run of just two wins from 10. The Galaxy missed the chance to stay second in the West after they lost to Vancouver at the weekend.