LAFC vs San Jose Earthquakes Prediction, Odds & Picks
- Regardless of their opponent, San Jose won’t be afraid to employ their adventurous and attack-minded style of soccer
- San Jose can still count on the efforts of the league’s all-time leading goalscorer
- Will LAFC’s defense be able to wrestle three points away from a risk-taking squad like the Earthquakes?
LAFC vs San Jose Earthquakes Odds
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LAFC vs San Jose Earthquakes Predictions and Picks
Is there much of a chance for the Earthquakes to steal at least a point against their fellow California club? Even without Carlos Vela — who is expected to miss out due to injury — LAFC is the heavy favorites in this clash.
And yet, there is still reason to believe that a risk-taking side like San Jose has a decent chance to surprise their opponents.
Take the leap of faith and go with a tie in this one.
How to Watch LAFC vs San Jose Earthquakes
|LAFC vs San Jose Earthquakes Information|
|What||LAFC vs San Jose Earthquakes|
|Where||Banc Of California Stadium (Los Angeles, California)|
|When||Wednesday, September 2nd at 10:30 PM ET|
|How to Watch||TUDN, UniMas|
Is it a bit outlandish to assume that San Jose has a chance in this upcoming battle?
LAFC, by most standards, has quickly become one of the top teams in MLS. Last year, in just their second season, LAFC not only clinched the Supporters’ Shield but also broke the record for the most points secured in a single season. In 2019 they also tied the record for the most goals scored in a single season.
Now in 2020 (and with or without Vela), LAFC are still one of the favorites, if not the favorite, to lift the MLS Cup.
So all that said, how does San Jose even have a remote chance to gain a draw?
San Jose Can Go Toe-To-Toe With Any MLS Team
Guided by the enigmatic and passionate Matias Almeyda, the Earthquakes have recently played some of the most eye-catching, risk-taking, and downright perilous soccer that the team has ever seen.
With a focus on pushing high up the field and aggressively battling for the ball in a man-to-man marking situation, San Jose’s players often get caught in high-scoring shootouts that swing in the favor of either team. Since last month, games involving the Earthquakes average around 5.2 goals per match.
In case you missed that, it’s worth reiterating: An astonishing average of 5+ goals in the last five games for the Earthquakes.
Whether it be through heavy wins, defeats, or thrilling draws, Almeyda never strays from his strategy and won’t be afraid to throw plenty of numbers forward against a team as powerful as LAFC.
MLS’ All-Time Leading Goalscorer Is Still Available For the Earthquakes
Never count out Chris Wondolowski.
Now 37 years old, the all-time leading goalscorer in the history of MLS is still able to find the back of the net. In his last five games, the veteran has three goals alone and is capable of turning any match on its head when he steps onto the field.
Playing in more of a “super-sub” role off of the bench, Wondoloski is able to provide an immediate boost to his team’s frontline and to their morale.
And with 161 MLS goals to his name, if there’s one thing that you can reliably count on from Wondolowski in most of his performances, it’s an opportunity that will find the back of the net for San Jose.
LAFC’s Defensive Complications
Even without Vela, LAFC has plenty of players that are able to compensate for his absence in the attack. Key players like Bradley Wright-Phillips, Diego Rossi, Brian Rodriguez, and numerous others within the squad are talented enough to secure a long tally of goals on their own.
The true problem for LAFC, however, is their defense.
Often caught chasing runners or making noteworthy mistakes, LAFC’s backline has emerged as a weak-link in their last few games. With three defeats in a row and six goals allowed during that run, LAFC is looking vulnerable in their own half of the field.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast.