MLS Soccer Picks: LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Lee Phelps

Thursday, July 16, 2015 4:11 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 16, 2015 4:11 PM UTC

The home debut for ex-England & Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard may well be the highlight of LA Galaxy vs San Jose. William Hill's Lee Phelps has been looking at the odds for his free betting pick.

Six points and two positions separate LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes in the Western Conference and with Steven Gerrard tipped to make his MLS debut, it could be a big night for Los Angeles.


LA Galaxy
Galaxy have three home wins in a row and have been scoring goals for fun. They have managed 22 in all competitions in their last five matches.

Robbie Keane’s hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Toronto means he is the top scorer with six goals and bagged in their previous home match against Portland too.

They are missing a few players, with goalkeeper Perk out with an ankle injury. Gordon, Zardes, Gonzalez and Penedo are on international duty, while ex-Liverpool and England captain Gerrrad has played 45 minutes in a friendly and in the cup, but may well start this league.


San Jose Earthquakes
The Quakes have lost four in a row and failed to score in their last two MLS games. Chris Wondolowski absence is hurting them, while he is away with USA he can’t add to his nine goals so far.

Although San Jose are adrift of Galaxy they have played three fewer than them, so they can reduce the gap and move up in the play-off zone.

The visitors will be without Lenhart and Innocent who are injured, while Cato is also on international duty at the Gold Cup.

Soccer picks
San Jose won the last match between them, in the US Open Cup, while the last two matches played at the Stubhub Center have finished with draw.

I don’t see LA’s goal-scoring drying up with Keane in such good form and the lack of firepower for the away team, means I can only look at the home win and I think they will do it by at least two goals.

With that in mind, the minus one goal for LA at 2.6 (13/10) is my soccer pick here.

Free soccer pick: La Galaxy minus one goal 2.6 (13/10) at William Hill.

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