EPL Powerhouse Manchester United in LA for Friendly vs. the Galaxy on Saturday Night

LA Galaxy

Kevin Stott

Saturday, July 15, 2017 5:47 PM GMT

Saturday, Jul. 15, 2017 5:47 PM GMT

Manchester United and legendary Manager José Mourinho are in Los Angeles to play and MLS side, the LA Galaxy, in a Preseason Friendly at the StubHub Center in suburban Carson on Saturday night in a high-profile match which could be very lax on Defense.

Odds Overview

Manchester City at LA Galaxy (ESPN2, WatchESPN [US], MUTV, MUTV Online [UK], 10 p.m. ET): English Premier League stalwarts Manchester United are at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Saturday night to face Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy in an international preseason Friendly. Oddsmakers currently have MUFC -230 favorites over the LA Galaxy (+450, Bet365) with a Draw priced at +350 with Totals available at 2½o -200 (Under +150, Bet365) and 3½u -150 (Over +110, Bet365). The Both Teams To Score prop “Yes” is priced at -162 with the “No” at +120 (Paddy Power) with the Match Result and Both Teams To Score (Yes) markets seeing the Red Devils lined at -150, the LA Galaxy at +600 and at +400 for a Draw (Paddy Power).

 

Manchester United

Paul Pogba and Europa League champions Manchester United will start its latest transformation into The Future with Wayne Rooney (Everton) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic—who has been linked to who has actually been linked to this LA Galaxy club—gone and new faces like Romelu Lukaku (Everton) and Victor Lindelof (Benfica) now at Old Trafford for Manager José Mourinho to try to work into his already loaded Red Devils Roster. Players like GK David de Gea, Pogba (+175 Anytime Goalscorer, SkyBet), Michael Carrick and Luke Shaw have traveled to the US as well as younger players like 19-year-old Congolese sensation Axel Tuanzebe (+650 Anytime Goalscorer, SkyBet), Scott McTominay (+162 Anytime Goalscorer, SkyBet) and Demetri Mitchell (+450 Anytime Goalscorer, SkyBet).

The Red Devils (+330 to win EPL, 5Dimes) will likely have Anthony Martial (+100 Anytime Goalscorer, SkyBet) and/or Marcus Rashford (-137 Anytime Goalscorer, SkyBet) up top on its attack with Juan Mata (+125 Anytime Goalscorer, SkyBet) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (+100 Anytime Goalscorer, SkyBet) in its AMF. Manchester United will play struggling MLS side Real Salt Lake (6-2-12, 23 GF-40 GA) in Sandy, Utah on Monday before battling city rivals Manchester City on Thursday, July 20 in the UEFA Europa League Qualification Stage (MUFC +148, MC +180, DRAW +253, 2½o -116, BetDSI). Well, I just got into town about an hour ago. Took a look around, see which way the wind blow...

 LA Galaxy

Legendary Manager Bruce Arena is gone and now coaching the USMNT so Curt Ontario is the New Head Coach and so far this MLS Regular Season, the LA Galaxy (6-4-8, 28 GF-32 GA) have been absolutely pathetic at Home (1-3-5, 10 GF-18 GA and absolutely fabulous on the Road (5-1-3, 18 GF-14 GA). Go figure. So expect Giovani dos Santos (+250 Anytime Goalscorer, SkyBet), DP Romain Alessandrini (+300 Anytime Goalscorer, SkyBet) and Jermaine Jones (+750 Anytime Goalscorer, SkyBet) to probably score once for the MLS side, while watching the Red Devils score at least 3 times in what may feel like a scrimmage to them despite the potentially warm temperatures in Los Angeles on Saturday night (69° Low, Clear Skies).

GK Brian Rowe, Ashley Cole and the LA Galaxy (14/1 to win MLS, Intertops) resume MLS play on Friday, July 19 when the welcome GK David Ousted and the Vancouver Whitecaps to the StubHub Center in suburban Los Angeles for an MLS Week 21 fixture (LA -115, RSL +345, DRAW +240, 2½o -111, Bovada) in a Western Conference series which has just 3 goals scored in the L3 games played in Carson.

 Best Betting Approaches: A Friendly is A Friendly, Defense Will Be Lax

The best handicapping advice here is realizing the actual “type” of game this is—a Preseason Friendly, meaning both clubs could really give a rat’s ass, wants to avoid injury, get as many players as possible Playing Time, and for the EPL side and The Special One, probably not to lose to an MLS club—especially one with just 1 Home Win as we can see August on our calendars. So, just one more victory than MUFC has at the StubHub Center this season? (We laugh together.) In a similar type Friendly between the two sides at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Rooney, Reece James and then-newcomer Ander Herrera all had braces in a 7-0 demolition in front of 84,362. Expect Pogba, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford and De Gea (if he plays) to all shine here on gameday on Saturday in a blowout with the Red Devils possibly going Over the Total themselves and a surprisingly good match to back both fhe (favorite) Side and the Total.

PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: LA Galaxy 1 Manchester United 4SATURDAY PRESEASON FRIENDLY PICKS: Manchester United -230 & Over 3½Best Line Offered: at Bet365
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