After recently suffering a heavy defeat to the Earthquakes, the home side are looking to get some revenge in the Cali Clasico
The LA Galaxy continue to chase LAFC at the top of MLS’ Western Conference, and on Saturday, they continue that pursuit with the Cali Clasico against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side have been drifting in and out of form lately, most recently winning 2-0 against Toronto FC.
However, it was just a fortnight ago that they went down 3-0 to a San Jose side still not secure in the playoffs, and as such Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Co. will be eager to exact some revenge.
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|Game||LA Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes|
|Date||Friday, July 12|
|Time||4:00am BST / 11:00pm ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|UniMas / Univision Deportes||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched on FreeSports.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Position||LA Galaxy squad|
|Goalkeepers||Bingham, Lampson, Vom Steeg|
|Defenders||Gonzalez, Steres, Romney, Hilliard-Arce, Arellano, Skjelvik, Traore, Feltscher, Araujo|
|Midfielders||Kitchen, Dos Santos, Corona, Lletget, Joao Pedro, Carrasco, Juninho, Boateng, F. Alvarez, E. Alvarez, Cuello|
|Forwards||Pontius, Antuna, Ibrahimovic, Zubak|
Romain Alessandrini remains out injured for the Galaxy, who are also without Diego Polenta due to a ban.
There are doubts over Rolf Feltcher and Chris Pontius. Sebastian Lletget is out and should return to training next week.
Mexico Gold Cup heroes Uriel Antuna and Jonathan Dos Santos are both back in the squad.
Possible LA Galaxy starting XI: Bingham; Araujo, Gonzalez, Steres, Romney; Corona, Dos Santos; E. Alvarez, F. Alvarez, Antuna; Ibrahimovic.
Anibal Godoy is a confirmed absentee for the Earthquakes, while Nick Lima is back from the Gold Cup.
Harold Cummings is questionable.
Possible San Jose Earthquakes starting XI: Vega; Thompson, Kashia, Jungwirth, Lanfranco; Tavares, Yueill; Espinoza, Eriksson, Qazaishvili; Wondolowski
LA Galaxy are 10/11 favorites to take the points with Bet365. Meanwhile, the Earthquakes are 5/2 to cause another upset, while the draw is priced at 14/5.
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The LA Galaxy’s ongoing quest for a sixth MLS Cup continues at home on Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes.
It continues to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is the star attraction for the Galaxy, and the Swede is fully expected to take centre stage once more in this clash, having scored a double on Independence Day to help down Toronto 2-0.
Not only did the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain star hit a double, he did so with the name on the back of his shirt spelt incorrectly, leading some to jokingly suggest that be plays with ‘Irbahimovic’ permanently.
Zlatan has received reinforcements this week, with the return of Uriel Antuna and Jonathan Dos Santos to the club after the Gold Cup. The Mexico pair will be on a high after helping their nation to glory, and Dos Santos in particular after he grabbed the only goal of the final against the U.S.
But while Antuna and Dos Santos were helping the Mexico of 2019 to glory, another young talent from the country has been emerging in LA in the form of 17-year-old Efrain Alvarez, who marked his first MLS start with an assist.
“He’s the biggest talent in the league,” Ibra said in the wake of last week’s victory. “He’s ready to play.”
Trying to stop this star-studded line up will be San Jose, who recorded a 3-0 win over their Californian neighbours only a couple of weeks ago.
Goals from Valeri Qazaishvili, Shea Salinas and Tommy Thompson gave them a comfortably victory, yet Matias Almeyda’s side have been far stronger at home this season than they have been on the road.
Indeed, they have earned only six of their 28 points on the road, suggesting that even a draw in this Cali Clasico would be a major boost to a side clinging on to a playoff spot by only a couple of marks.