Los Angeles FC vs Real Salt Lake Predictions & Picks

Los Angeles FC vs Real Salt Lake Predictions

Key Stat: Los Angeles FC has won nine of the 11 MLS meetings with Real Salt Lake

Tip Reasoning

  • Los Angeles FC are on a five-game win streak against Real Salt Lake
  • Real Salt Lake is unbeaten in three straight road games
  • Cristian Arango has scored a brace in each of his first two matches against Real Salt Lake

Los Angeles FC has been on a free fall since their seven-game win streak run. They have lost three straight games following their seven-match winning streak. Their last match ended in a 2-1 loss to Houston Dynamo away from home. Los Angeles FC picked 6 points from the previous five games, home and away. That’s 1.2 points per game on average. For Real Salt Lake, they head into this game coming off a 3-0 shocking upset of Minnesota United. The win against Minnesota extended their win streak to three, home and away. It’s the first time Real Salt Lake is achieving this feat in two years. The last time they went three straight games unbeaten on the road was in 2020. Despite Los Angeles FC’s recent poor run of form, they have been strong at home, unbeaten in their last five games.

Real Salt Lake, however, are suffering away from home this season, picking up only one point per game. Therefore, it’s clear Los Angeles FC is on the better side, especially when playing at home. Los Angeles FC forward Cristian Arango, who has already scored a brace in his first two games against Real Salt Lake, will fancy a chance of doing it in three straight games and match David Villa’s record of scoring multiple goals in three consecutive games against a single opponent. In addition, Real Salt Lake’s winger Anderson Julio is also one to look out for, has he already bagged back-to-back goals in their last two games coming off the bench. Despite Los Angeles FC’s current bad run of form, I’d back them to take all three points owing to their impressive home form.

Tip Reasoning

Key Stat: Los Angeles FC scored in every home game this season.

  • The last three games involving Los Angeles FC have ended with three or more goals being scored.
  • In the last five matches for Real Salt Lake, 4 of those games have ended with both teams scoring.
  • Real Salt Lake has netted in the last six games coming into this one and has scored eight goals in the previous five games.

In recent years, games involving Los Angeles FC have typically been exciting affairs, with lots of scoring the norm rather than the exception. Twenty-two goals have been scored for both teams throughout their last six games (an average of 3.67 goals per game), with 13 coming from Los Angeles FC. Before this match, Real Salt Lake had no trouble breaching their opponents’ defences, scoring nine goals in their previous six games. However, this doesn’t hide the fact that Real Salt Lake has also struggled defensively, giving up goals in 5 of those same games. As a result, three or more goals are expected to be scored in this matchup.

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