RSL have enjoyed a rise up to seventh spot in recent weeks, while Thursday's hosts remain comfortably inside the playoff places despite a somewhat inconsistent run of form.
Los Angeles Galaxy kicked off their season in style, winning seven of their first 10 league games to establish themselves at the top end of the Western Conference with 21 points.
A slightly inconsistent run has since followed, with Greg Vanney's men collecting just seven points from the last six MLS outings.
While they had previously gone through a three-game winless run, culminating in a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of FC Dallas, Galaxy do come into Thursday's game on the back of a victory, having comfortably defeated Portland Timbers on home turf last time out.
A Jeremy Ebobisse goal for the visitors levelled the game immediately after Rayan Raveloson had opened the scoring, but the Los Angeles outfit quickly regained the lead through Victor Vazquez before goals from Sacha Kljestan and Samuel Grandsir put the game out of sight inside the first 15 minutes of the second half.
That could be the confidence boost that Vanney's men need in order to return to the form that they displayed at the start of the season, allowing them to remain at the top end of the table in third place, just four points behind Conference leaders Seattle Sounders with a game in hand.
If they are to pile further pressure on the team at the summit, Galaxy will have to get past a Real Salt Lake side in high spirits after a rise up the table.
After winning their first two matches of the season, Thursday's visitors would go on to claim just one victory from the following eight league outings, quickly dropping out of the playoff picture as a result.
While they did narrowly lose the following game to Los Angeles FC, Freddy Juarez's men again bounced back, earning a commendable point in a 2-2 draw with Thursday's opponents before thrashing Colorado Rapids 3-0 thanks to goals from Bobby Wood and Rubio Rubin after they took the lead through a William Yarbrough own goal.
That positive run of results saw Real Salt Lake move up into seventh spot, occupying a playoff place for the first time since their two victories to start the season, and they would fend off one of the chasing pack with a goalless draw against Houston Dynamo last time out.
The recent upturn in form should fill Juarez's men with confidence, as they look to put another positive result on the board and cement themselves in the top seven.
Los Angeles Galaxy remain hit by several selection concerns, with star striker Javier Hernandez continuing to miss out through injury after hitting 10 goals in the first 10 MLS games of the season.
Meanwhile, his Mexican compatriots Jonathan dos Santos and Efrain Alvarez both went to the CONCACAF Gold Cup with their national team and are unlikely to return in time for Thursday's game, having reached the final and lost to USA on Monday.
Defender Sega Coulibaly did return from his injury to come off the bench last time out, although Nick DePuy and Derrick Williams looked strong in his absence, meaning Coulibaly may have to wait before he is brought back into the XI.
Real Salt Lake come into Thursday's game without important centre-back Justen Glad, who was sent off in the dying minutes of the draw with Houston Dynamo.
Exciting winger Anderson Julio will hope for a return to the starting XI after being reduced to a substitute appearance last time out, having already hit three MLS goals this season in limited minutes.
Los Angeles Galaxy possible starting lineup:
Bond; Araujo, DePuy, Williams, Villafana; Gransdir, Kljestan, Raveloson, Cabral; Zubak, Vazquez
Real Salt Lake possible starting lineup:
MacMath; Herrera, Silva, Holt, Morgan; Besler, Kreilach; Julio, Rusnak, Meram; Wood
We say: Los Angeles Galaxy 1-1 Real Salt Lake
Given the mixed form of the two sides and Galaxy's several notable absentees, we can again see this clash finishing level, similarly to the draw in July.
RSL have seen a major improvement in recent weeks, and their momentum should carry them to another impressive result on Thursday, even considering the hosts' dominant victory last time out.