San Jose roll out a familiar group from the last game:
LA also go with a familiar group, although youngster Julian Araujo is not included.
The San Jose Earthquakes snapped out of a long slump last weekend with a comeback win over LAFC, and now they’ll try to pick up another three points, when they host the LA Galaxy in the latest edition of the California Clasico Saturday night.
Yes, the Quakes won for the first time in a few months, but with nearly a full week between games they’ve gotten some rest and some time to properly train. I expect it to provide a boost, although the Galaxy got the same conditions, so both teams could be improved as a result of just not having to play every three or four days, for once.
The Galaxy are struggling, losing three straight games and just not clicking on either side of the ball lately. Easy win for San Jose? Not so fast, we need to see another win or two before we declare the corner is turned. But this is a great opportunity for the Earthquakes, certainly, as they’ve played the Galaxy well this season but have been disappointed by the prior results. This could be the game for them.
And it’s a six-pointer of sorts, as a San Jose win would vault them above LA in the standings and take them out of the Western Conference basement. The Quakes are still only four points out of the final playoff spot! They just need to win some more games and they can forget about the bad days in pretty short order. But first, a win. We’ll see what happens in another big rivalry game.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday evening, San Jose are (+185) while LA are (+123). The odds of a draw are (+275), so the bookmaker is making the Galaxy slight favorites, but this one’s really a toss-up as far as they’re concerned.
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between the Quakes and Galaxy will be televised locally on NBC Sports California, and in the rest of the United States on ESPN+. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
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