LA Galaxy had reached the Major League Soccer postseason for eight successive years prior to the 2017 campaign but the five-time MLS Cup winners have gone two seasons without playoff soccer in recent years. Barring a major collapse, that will all change in the coming weeks.
Currently fifth in the Western Conference standings, LA Galaxy have a two-point cushion over eighth position but two of their final four matches are on home turf. Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s side are in control of their own fate and fans will be dreaming of another MLS Cup success.
How costly is Montreal’s defeat at home to FC Cincinnati going to be? The Impact will give their playoff hopes a significant boost with three points here but winning in Los Angeles is not going be easy. In fact, Montreal are 15/4 with 888Sport to snatch a shock victory…
Writing the visitors off completely would be unfair – Montreal have enough quality to pull off a major upset. However, the Impact will need lots of luck to leave Dignity Health Sports Park with three points; LA Galaxy put seven goals past Sporting Kansas City in their most recent home game.
Punters will be expecting a high-scoring game and who could blame them? There have been 29 goals in LA Galaxy’s last five Major League Soccer outings while there have been 17 goals in Montreal’s previous five encounters as well. With that in mind, the 4/9 with William Hill for over 2.5 goals this weekend is well worth considering.
Event Date: September 22, 2019
LA Galaxy Turning Over A New Leaf?
That 7-2 success was only LA Galaxy’s second win in their last 10 matches in all competitions and plenty of punters will be reluctant to side with the host just yet. On paper, Los Angeles should prove too strong for Montreal but games aren’t won on paper and Galaxy have been guilty of complacency in the past.
Zlatan Ibrahimović labelled himself as the ‘greatest player in MLS history’ earlier this week and the charismatic Swede will lead the line for Galaxy this weekend. The 37-year-old has notched 26 goals in 25 appearances this season and 888Sport customers will be tempted by the 23/10 for Zlatan to open the scoring.
Goal Difference Could Hinder Montreal’s Hopes
At the time of writing, the Impact have a -15 goal differential with three league games left to play. With the Eastern Conference picture looking incredibly tight, Montreal may have to rely on goal difference to sneak into the playoffs but their current situation is bleak. New England have a -7 difference but all other postseason contenders are positive.
First and foremost, Montreal need to start winning games before they concentrate on goal difference. Three wins from their remaining three Major League Soccer fixtures may well be enough to sneak into the playoffs – depending of course on how other results go. The 6/4 on offer with Betway for Montreal to score two or more goals is well worth considering.
LA Galaxy have failed to inspire confidence in recent months but anything is possible when you have Zlatan Ibrahimović as your focal point in attack. Expect the Galaxy to build on that 7-2 triumph over Sporting KC and the writing could be on the wall for Montreal if the hosts grab an early advantage.
However, Los Angeles are there for the taking defensively and the Impact have enough class to notch a couple of goals. The 6/4 on offer for Montreal to score over 1.5 goals here offers punters value given LA’s woes and we could see a very high-scoring affair at Dignity Health Sports Park.
TIP: Over 1.5 Montreal Impact goals (6/4 with Betway)
CORRECT SCORE: LA Galaxy 3-2 Montreal Impact (16/1 with William Hill)