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Minnesota United at Los Angeles Galaxy Betting Preview

After having a week and a half between MLS games, the Los Angeles Galaxy have dropped into sixth place in the Western Conference. They return to league action this week with two games in six days and kick off a stretch of five games in 18 days. That run starts Wednesday night with a home game against Minnesota United, who are in 12th place and could end the weekend in last place in the West.

Wednesday’s game is set for 10:30 p.m. ET at the Galaxy’s Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The game is the second matchup between the teams this season, following a 1-1 draw in Minnesota on May 18.

The Galaxy have owned this matchup historically with six wins and only one loss in the 11 total matchups since MUNFC joined the league. It is even worse for Minnesota in Southern California, with 11 goals allowed in four games at Dignity Health Sports Park.

The Galaxy are -135 on the moneyline to win the game and take all three points. A draw is +275, and Minnesota is +330 to win.

Minnesota United Riding the Struggle Bus

Nothing has gone right for Minnesota United in the last month, and they enter this contest winless in their last four games. Over the weekend, they lost 2-1 at Inter Miami, allowing two goals in the final four minutes.

The Loons have one of the most anemic offenses in MLS, with just 17 goals in 16 games. Three of their players, Robin Lod, Luis Amarillo, and Emanuel Reynoso, have combined for 12 of those goals. Lod has a team-high six and scored the equalizer against the Galaxy in May.

The defense has allowed at least one goal in eight straight games. They also commit a significant amount of fouls and rank sixth in the league in yellow cards with nearly three per game.

Minnesota is relatively healthy, and they get captain Wil Trapp back from suspension for this game. The defensive midfielder missed the Miami game with yellow card accumulation, and defender Michael Boxall wore the armband.

Galaxy Remain an Enigma

Every time it looks like the Galaxy have turned the corner and are ready to show they are contenders, they take a step back. Before the June international break, they routed Austin FC 4-1 at home and moved into second place. Since then, they have drawn at home to 11th place Portland Timbers and lost to USL side Sacramento Republic in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.

With their competitors playing last weekend, the Galaxy are now in sixth place with 24 points, but they have at least one game in hand on every team ahead of them in the standings and, in some cases, two games in hand.

The offense hasn’t gotten into sync outside of Chicharito and Dejan Joveljic. Those two have 10 of the team’s 18 MLS goals, and Joveljic has only started one of his 13 appearances in 2022. He scored against the Timbers and is the first Galaxy player to score as a substitute in consecutive games since 2009.

The Galaxy scored four times in that May 29 win over Austin, but they have scored one or less in five of their last seven games overall. The defense has been good, allowing 16 goals in 15 games, and Jonathan Bond has five clean sheets in goal.

Betting Prediction

The schedule has been kind to the Galaxy as they haven’t left southern California since May 18 and won’t play outside the state again until July 16. They need to take advantage of this contest against lowly Minnesota before contests against CF Montreal and first-place LAFC.

Look for the Loons to try and put pressure on early, but the Galaxy are the better team. Thanks to a power outage in the San Jose/Stanford area over the weekend, the hosts should be well-rested as their game against the Earthquakes was moved to September. Joveljic and Chicharito lead the way here as the Galaxy win and cover the -135 money line.

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