The Quakes welcome unbeaten Los Angeles FC to the Avaya Stadium on Saturday looking for their first points of the season. LAFC won both meetings last season. Can they continue that trend this weekend and increase their lead at the top of the Western Conference?
San Jose Earthquakes v Los Angeles FC – Major League Soccer 2019
Where to Watch
Venue: Avaya Stadium
Date: 30 March 2019
Kick Off Time: 19:30 GMT
Referee in Charge: Dave Gantar
TV Channel / Live Stream: Saturday’s match will be live on Sky Sports Football in the UK. Live streaming is available via the Sky Go app on your mobile or tablet device.
San Jose Earthquakes v LAFC – The Form Guide
The home side haven’t got going yet this season at all. After three games they sit rock bottom of the Western Conference with no wins and no draws. They have managed to score two goals, though, so at least their fans have had something to cheer.
What’s worrying for Quakes fans is that their side don’t seem to be putting in 100%. They were beating narrowly on the opening weekend, losing 2-1 to Montreal Impact. They followed that up with an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to Minnesota. Last time out they travelled East to play New York Red Bulls and were soundly beaten 4-1. Even though they took the lead early on in that game, they crumbled once they conceded the equaliser early in the second half.
In contrast, LAFC are flying. They were heled 2-2 in their last trip away from the Banc of California Stadium, but they’ve won their other three MLS games – 2-1 against Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake, with a 4-1 home win against Portland Timbers sandwiched between those. The glimmer of hope for San Jose Earthquakes is that LAFC are yet to keep a clean sheet.
What is the Team News?
The home side’s team news isn’t clear at the time of writing, but Kevin Partida is still missing after tearing his ACL last year.
Bob Bradley has already confirmed that Lee Nguyen and Andre Horta will miss this one for LAFC. That could well see a return to the starting eleven for Mark-Anthony Kaye. The other slot is up for grabs, but Latif Blessing could get the nod once more after starting the last two.
Without a win all season, it’s little surprise to see San Jose Earthquakes priced up by the bookies as underdogs on their own turf at odds of 11/5. LAFC are the favourites at Evens, with the draw at 29/10.
1-3. Just because LAFC are leaking goals at the back is the reason I think the Quakes can score. The away side should win this easily, though. Especially if they play like they have done in their opening four MLS fixtures. If the home side score first, the could park the bus which may make it a difficult afternoon for LAFC. However, I fully expect the away side to start quickly.
LAFC are a decent enough price at 21/20 to win in San Jose, so that’s what I’m going for. If they were odds on I would have looked for better value, but 21/20 is a price well worth sticking in your weekend acca. Los Angeles should win this.