LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders Betting Preview: Our Latest MLS Odds, Picks, Predictions & Expert Tips (Friday, Aug. 19)

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Steph Chambers/Getty Images. Pictured: Seattle Sounders standout Raúl Ruidíaz.

LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Odds

LA Galaxy Odds-110
Seattle Odds+250
Over/Under3.5 (+130 / -185)
Day | TimeFriday | 10 p.m. ET
How To WatchESPN | fuboTV
Odds updated as of Friday morning via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute soccer odds here.

The Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle aim to bolster their Major League Soccer playoff chances in a rare Friday national TV clash in Southern California.

The Galaxy enter the weekend sixth in a crowded Western Conference duel for seven spots following their 5-2 romp past the Vancouver Whitecaps last Saturday.

On the other side, the Sounders sit four places behind, but only one point back after they were stunned at home last Sunday in a 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake.

Seattle earned a 3-2 win against Los Angeles in the Pacific Northwest in these teams' earlier meeting way back in mid-March.

LA Galaxy

At times, manager Greg Vanney's squad look like genuine MLS Cup contenders. Last Saturday's match was one of those, where his squad steamrolled for a 4-1 halftime lead and easily held on.

But those occasions have just been far too inconsistent for the Galaxy, who have not won back-to-back matches since April 3 and April 9.

Saturday's win also owed heavily to winger Samuel Grandsir's two-goal performance. He still only has six MLS goals in his two-year tenure in LA and has become one of the symbols of the Galaxy's hot-and-cold nature.

Former Barcelona prospect Riqui Puig could make his debut in midfield. Vanney hoped to have him available last Saturday but his paperwork had not been approved in time.

By The Numbers

  • 2-5-2 — Record (W-L-D) for the Galaxy in games following a victory.
  • 7-1-5 — Home record (w/l/d) for Los Angeles following last Saturday's win.
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Seattle Sounders

The Sounders are in danger of missing their first postseason since joining the league in 2009 after a pair of defeats in which their performances deserved better.

Two matches ago, Seattle shaded the total expected goals created but were done in by Andrew Gutman's brilliant stoppage-time goal from distance in a 2-1 loss at Atlanta.

Last Sunday, the Sounders had an early goal disallowed, then after going behind leveled through Albert Rusnak in the 62nd minute, only to go behind again in the 64th.

The latter game marked striker Raúl Ruidíaz's first start since returning from an extended injury layoff. Even after losing his last two appearances, the Sounders are 6-6-0 (w/l/d) when he plays.

By The Numbers

  • 2-3-0 — Away record (W-L-D) for Seattle when Ruidíaz plays.
  • 1-1-5 — The Sounders' away record (W-L-D) when Ruidíaz's is sidelined.
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Betting Analysis & Pick

Habits are important and by this time of year it's rare they change. And if you believe these teams are who they are, the value is on Seattle at a lucrative price.

Los Angeles just doesn't string results together. Beating up on a Vancouver side missing its top two strikers doesn't suggest that's about to change.

The Sounders might indeed miss the playoffs. However, they've also picked themselves off the ground already on a couple occasions this year. And they probably deserved at least two points from their last two performances.

With neither outfit keen to settle for a point, I'm playing Seattle on the moneyline at +250 odds and an implied 28.6% probability. If that wager hits, it will be a case of both teams continuing to be consistently inconsistent.

The Pick: Seattle ML (+250)

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