Chicharito returns to the gameday squad, but he and Jonathan dos Santos start out on the bench again for LA.
San Jose played a very experimental side in their last one and that was a disaster, so they’re back to a first-choice-ish XI.
The LA Galaxy will look to extend their winning streak to five games as they face the San Jose Earthquakes for the second time in recent weeks, as the teams are scheduled to hold the latest edition of the California Clasico Sunday night at Earthquakes Stadium.
The Galaxy have had a week off since their last match, a 3-0 dismantling of LAFC in another rivalry game for the G’s. Cristian Pavon and Sebastian Lletget led the way once more, both midfielders on fire since the team returned to play in the local phase. With Chicharito back in training and possibly set for a return in this game, Guillermo Barros Schelotto may have the luxury of bringing him off the bench with the squad playing so well of late.
Meanwhile, since they last played the Quakes things have gotten much worse for San Jose. After the Galaxy kind of grinded out a comeback win, San Jose then suffered a lopsided loss at LAFC, drew the Colorado Rapids 1-1, and most recently suffered their worst-ever loss, a 7-1 trouncing at the hands of the Seattle Sounders. To say morale is at a low point would be an understatement, with even head coach Matias Almeyda’s seat getting a bit hot in response.
Having said that, we’ve seen in this rivalry that the Earthquakes can be playing very badly otherwise and still find a way to beat the Galaxy. LA can’t rest on their laurels, just in case they leave the door open for the Quakes. The Galaxy have every reason for optimism coming into this game, but they still need to get the job done to get a Cali Clasico sweep (so far) this season.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Saturday evening, LA are (+108) while San Jose are (+190). The odds of a draw are (+310), so the bookmakers think the Galaxy are slight favorites for this one, even on the road. Given recent form, it makes sense.
How to Watch:
Sunday’s match between LA and the Earthquakes will be televised nationally on UniMás and TUDN, which you can watch via Fubo TV and streamed free on Twitter. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 8 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
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