Vancouver Whitecaps go up against LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer at BC Place in Vancouver on Thursday, September 15. The match will start at 7:30 AM IST (Indian Standard Time).
The Whitecaps have lacked consistency throughout the campaign and are currently 25th on the MLS 2022 points table with 34 points. They have suffered three back-to-back defeats after their 3-1 loss in the last game against Colorado Rapids. The hosts are unlikely to make the playoffs this season considering their current form. Lucas Cavallini remains unavailable for Vancouver Whitecaps due to a disciplinary breach.
LA Galaxy, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last six matches in this competition. A 1-1 draw against Nashville SC sees the visitors end on level terms with their opponents for the third game on the bounce. New signing Riqui Puig has formed a formidable partnership with club captain Javier Hernandez as the duo have made eight goal contributions in the last month.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy MLS 2022 odds
Parimatch odds: Vancouver Whitecaps: 2.70, LA Galaxy: 2.41, Draw: 3.70
Betwinner odds: Vancouver Whitecaps: 2.74, LA Galaxy: 2.35, Draw: 3.70
Betway odds: Vancouver Whitecaps: 2.62, LA Galaxy: 2.37, Draw: 3.60
10CRIC odds: Vancouver Whitecaps: 2.74, LA Galaxy: 2.42, Draw: 3.56
Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy head-to-head
Vancouver Whitecaps have played against LA Galaxy on 28 occasions in all competitions in what has been a close head-to-head over the years. The Whitecaps have won 12, while the Galaxy have 10 victories; six matches have ended drawn.
The Whitecaps are without a clean sheet in this head-to-head in the last five games, LA Galaxy have not kept one in six games.
LA Galaxy beat Vancouver Whitecaps 5-2 in October this year, courtesy of a brace from Samuel Grandsir. The Whitecaps got the better of the Galaxy in the pre-season match.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy MLS 2022 squads
Vancouver Whitecaps: Cody Cropper (goalkeeper), Nikolas Giantsopoulos (goalkeeper), Matteo Campagna, Christopher Lee, Erik Godoy, Florian Jungwirth, Javain Brown, Ranko Veselinovic, Tristan Blackmon, Marcus Godinho, Andres Cubas, Julian Gressel, Michael Baldisimo, Sebastian Berhalter, Janio Bikel, Leonard Owusu, Caio Alexandre, Easton Ongaro, Cristian Dajome, Lucas Cavallini, Deiber Caicedo, Ryan Gauld, Alessandro Schopf, Russell Teibert (captain), Pedro Vite, Brian White.
LA Galaxy: Jonathan Bond (goalkeeper), Richard Sanchez (goalkeeper), Chase Gasper, Nick DePuy, Jalen Neal, Kelvin Leerdam, Adam Saldana, Martin Caceres, Sega Coulibaly, Derrick Williams, Julian Araujo, Marky Delgado, Carlos Harvey, Raheem Edwards, Sacha Kljestan, Victor Vazquez, Efrain Alvarez, Cameron Dunbar, Kevin Cabral, Dejan Joveljic, Gaston Brugman, Riqui Puig, Douglas Costa, Javier Hernandez (captain), Samuel Grandsir.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy probable starting lineups
Vancouver Whitecaps: Cody Cropper (goalkeeper); Javain Brown, Ranko Veselinovic, Tristan Blackmon, Marcus Godinho; Andres Cubas; Julian Gressel, Alessandro Schopf, Russell Teibert (captain), Pedro Vite; Ryan Gauld.
LA Galaxy: Jonathan Bond (goalkeeper); Martin Caceres, Sega Coulibaly, Derrick Williams, Julian Araujo; Marky Delgado, Gaston Brugman, Riqui Puig; Douglas Costa, Javier Hernandez (captain), Samuel Grandsir.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy MLS 2022 combined fantasy XI
Cody Cropper (goalkeeper); Martin Caceres, Sega Coulibaly, Derrick Williams, Julian Araujo; Julian Gressel, Andres Cubas, Riqui Puig; Ryan Gauld, Javier Hernandez (captain), Samuel Grandsir.
Vancouver Whitecaps top picks and players to watch vs LA Galaxy MLS 2022
Ryan Gauld: The 26-year-old striker is set to return to the starting lineup in this fixture and is one of the players to watch out for. Gauld has netted six goals and three assists in the MLS this season, including a goal in the reverse fixture against LA Galaxy. He is very potent from the penalty spot and his movement behind the defenders can be useful for the Whitecaps in this match.
Julian Gressel: The German midfielder can play in a variety of midfield positions and can also be effective as a winger. Gressel has registered five assists in the MLS 2022 and scored his first goal of the season against Real Salt Lake last month.
LA Galaxy top picks and players to watch vs Vancouver Whitecaps MLS 2022
Riqui Puig: LA Galaxy’s new signing has hit the ground running after his move from FC Barcelona in the summer transfer window. Puig has rejuvenated the offensive play with his intricate passing and efficient set-pieces. The Spanian has scored twice and made an assist in his first five MLS appearances.
Javier Hernandez: The LA Galaxy captain has been prolific for the club this season in the MLS, scoring 14 goals and assisting twice in 27 matches. Chicharito is known for his keen movement inside the penalty box and efficient finishing ability. He scored and assisted in the reverse fixture against the Whitecaps this season.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy MLS 2022 prediction
The Whitecaps have seen a dip in form over the last few games and have failed to win this month. However, the Whitecaps beat Galaxy at the BC Place last season and have a competitive record against the visitors. They are expected to challenge LA Galaxy for all three points in this match.
LA Galaxy have a slightly higher winning probability in this game, thanks to their recent unbeaten run in MLS 2022. Riqui Puig and Javier Hernandez have shown great form over the last couple of months, giving them an advantage here.