July 23, 2022 Sports Betting
When the Los Angeles Galaxy and Atlanta United square off in Major League Soccer action on Sunday at Dignity Health Sports Park, the Los Angeles Galaxy will have the chance to record their first-ever victory.
With two victories more than Portland Timbers, LA is clinging to the final playoff slot in the Western Conference, while the Five Stripes are three points back in the East after rallying to draw Orlando City at home last Sunday.
Betting Sites Los Angeles Galaxy vs Atlanta United
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Los Angeles Galaxy vs Atlanta United Tips and Prediction
Given that LA has lost three straight games, this point in the 2022 MLS season feels uncannily similar to the first one for Greg Vanney and his Galaxy a year ago.
A similar difficult stretch this time around could mean another season without playoff soccer for the former five-time MLS Cup champions, whose strong start to their campaign in 2021 could not be sustained over the long haul.
When they gave up one goal or fewer in nine of their first ten games of 2022, Vanney appeared to have found a defensive solution. However, recently, they have appeared disorganized and timid, giving up multiple goals in three of their last four domestic games and failing to score in the first half since a 4-0 victory over CF Montreal to start the month of July. The Galaxy have not been able to be as effective against the Five Stripes, losing all three of their prior MLS encounters against them by a combined score of 9-0. Last year, they were able to stay in contention and above the playoff line for a considerable amount of time thanks to their quality in the attacking third.
This season, they’ve been rather effective in the final third as more players are chipping in with goals, with six players scoring numerous times and 13 providing at least one assist. Except for a strong performance against Montreal at home earlier this month, LA has struggled to get going this season, scoring just once in the first 45 minutes of their previous 10 home games.
With 14 games left to play, Gonzalo Pineda and his Atlanta team’s position of 11th does not sound promising.
However, the Five Stripes manager will feel better about how his squad has recovered after a lackluster performance at home against Austin FC, when they lost 3-0, by staying unbeaten in back-to-back games.
After the setback, Josef Martinez publicly attacked his squad, which may either demoralize a group or bring them together.
Atlanta currently appear to be much more motivated and devoted than they have frequently this season, giving the impression that the latter has happened.
Since joining the league, Atlanta has only missed the playoffs once. Around this time in the 2021 season, they were able to turn around a season that had early signs of failing.
They had great resiliency against the Lions last weekend at home, and they were rewarded with an equalizing goal to earn a merited one point. Due to how well-organized and composed they have appeared in recent games when defending counter-attacks, there is cause for cautious optimism among this group. Their ball movements and technical ability continue to shine as they have had possession for extended periods with some strong build-up play.
The Galaxy are currently on the decline, and given how they have performed recently, it is difficult to have much faith in their defensive set-up. Fortunately for them, despite the roster’s expensive talent, Atlanta does not appear to be consistently effective in the attacking third.