Free MLS Pick LA Galaxy vs. Minnesota United
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LA Galaxy vs. Minnesota United
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LA Galaxy vs. Minnesota United
Date: Sunday, October 20th
Time: 8:30 PM ET
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Saint Paul, Minnesota
MLS Moneyline Odds: LA Galaxy +245, Draw +290, Minnesota United -115
MLS Spread Betting Odds: Minnesota United -0.5
MLS Betting Total: 3.0
This playoff match will see fourth seeded, Minnesota United host the fifth seeded, LA Galaxy.
In two games between these teams, the Galaxy won 3-2 in LA and they played to a scoreless draw in Minnesota.
The Galaxy ended their season in poor form, losing two in a row, including their last game to the Houston Dynamo. The final score to this game was 4-2. This loss halted them from taking the fourth seed. If that had been the case, they would be hosting Minnesota in LA, where they are much better. Regardless, they will be looking for a win to advance.
The Galaxy have not looked good away from home this season. In 17 matches away from home, they have 5 wins, 10 losses and 2 draws. One of those draws came in Minnesota, so they did play better in that particular game.
They are averaging just 1.29 goals on the road this season. Overall, they have scored 58 goals on the season, ranking them as the 7th best scoring team in the league.
Remember that the Galaxy have Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He was by far the best player for the Galaxy and scored 30 goals on the season. He also was second in Major League Soccer with his 30 goals. The Galaxy will only win this game if Ibra is heavily involved. When he does not score, the Galaxy struggle, so look for LA to feed him the ball all night.
Defensively, the Galaxy are 20th in the MLS, allowing a total of 58 goals. Specifically on the road, they allow an average of 2 goals per game.
Minnesota lost a tough road game on Decision Day, which forced them to be the fourth seed in the Western Conference. If they were to win, they would immediately travel to LA to take on the best club in the MLS regular season. Regardless what happens, Minnesota looks like a team that can compete for a title compared to their first couple of years in the MLS.
They are by far one of the best home teams in the league. In 17 home matches, they have 10 wins, 1 loss and 6 draws.
Their attack ranked 13th in the league, but at home they are a different story. They average 1.71 goals per home game, compared to 1.08 goals per game on the road. Their leading scorer is Carlos Quintero, who had 10 goals this season.
Minnesota comes into this game having had the 4th best defense in the country. They allowed a total of 43 goals. At home, they allow just 0.76 goals per game, so their game-plan will consist of heavy defending.
Slowing down Ibra is the way they win this game. Being at home should give them a small edge in doing this with the home crowd behind them.
Free LA Galaxy vs. Minnesota United MLS Prediction:
Keep in mind that the Galaxy have never lost to this Minnesota United team. It is a small sample size of 6 games, but still the Galaxy have dominated them. However, even knowing that stat, I would lean to the Minnesota side. They are a much improved team and play extremely well on their home field. I like Minnesota to advance and win their first ever MLS playoff game.
4* Free MLS Betting Pick: Under 3
I look for Minnesota to batten down the hatches and play this game very defensively. Again, they are so much better at home, so I think they can lock down Ibra and keep this game very low scoring. I will take the under as my play.
MLS Free Score Prediction: Minnesota United 1-0
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