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Prediction: Los Angeles FC vs St. Louis City

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, MLS 11 Jul 2023

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Verdict: St. Louis City double chance

Best Odds: 13/10

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

Desperate to claim a much-needed boost in the early hours of Thursday, Los Angeles will welcome St. Louis to the BMO Stadium in midweek.

Los Angeles FC

Starting with the hosts, putting in another downbeat display last weekend as they eventually had to settle for a sluggish 1-1 draw against San Jose, it is no secret that Los Angeles are in the midst of an MLS nightmare., Opening July with a routine 2-0 defeat away at Dallas, Steve Cherundolo’s men have now collected just a single point from any of their previous four MLS appearances. With that extended crisis underlined by a 2-1 loss against bitter local rivals LA Galaxy earlier in the month, the California-based outfit have come under a huge amount of scrutiny on either side of June’s international break. In fact, on what has become a remarkable continued rut, LAFC have recorded just a pair of wins from any of their last 12 straight matchups across all competitions – a run that stems all the way back to May 20th.

Team News

Dealing with what has become a mounting injury list, Los Angeles will once again be without the trio of Sergi Palencia, Jesus Murillo and Maxime Crepeau in midweek. Likewise, away with the USA on Gold Cup duties, LAFC will also be unable to call upon 30-year-old defender Aaron Long here.

Forced to settle for a spot on the bench against San Jose last weekend, former Arsenal starlet Carlos Vela will be hoping for a full recall in the early hours of Thursday.

St. Louis City

As for the visitors, while St. Louis might have shown a string of issues on either side of June’s international break, Bradley Carnell’s men have come roaring back in an eye-catching fashion. Last seen putting in another rugged display as they secured a 1-0 victory away at Toronto, the MLS’ latest franchise have continued to impress many since opening the 2021 campaign. Signing off June with a lively 2-1 win away at San Jose, the Reds have now won each of their last three domestic appearances by an aggregate score of 5-1. Sat holding a three-point buffer at the top of the Western Conference and riding what has been a real wave of momentum, Thursday’s guests could be smelling the chance to make another statement in California. It should also be noted, St. Louis have mustered back-to-back MLS victories outside of Missouri.

Team News

St. Louis have confirmed that they will travel to California without the injured trio of Joakim Nilsson, Eduard Lowen and Joao Klauss in midweek. Continuing to impress since moving to the MLS this season, former Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki will start between the sticks in the early hours of Thursday.

While 22-year-old Nicholas Gioacchini might have drawn a blank in each of his last three domestic appearances, the ex-Montpellier starlet will spearhead Carnell’s charge here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Including a 1-0 victory away at Toronto last weekend, St. Louis have won each of their last three MLS appearances by an aggregate score of 5-1.
    • Likewise, Thursday’s guests have mustered back-to-back MLS victories on the road.
    • Los Angeles have collected just a single point from any of their last three MLS appearances.
    • On a similar note, LAFC have recorded only two wins from their previous 12 matchups across all competitions – a run that stems back to May 20th.
    • Los Angeles have recorded just a single win from their last seven showdowns in California.

    Conclusion

    Now winning each of their last three MLS appearances by an aggregate score of 5-1, St. Louis should be smelling the chance to make another statement here. Leading the chase at the top of the Western Conference standings and gaining a string of plaudits, the MLS’ latest franchise will be looking cash in on an LAFC squad who are enduring a public nightmare. Along with collecting just a single point from any of their last four top-flight contests, Los Angeles have also won just a pair of their previous 12 appearances across all competitions. With St. Louis landing back-to-back MLS victories on the road, an away double chance can certainly be found at appealing odds here.

    Verdict: St. Louis City double chance

    Best Odds: 13/10

    Bookmaker: Olympusbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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