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Apr 24, 2021 at 11pm UK at Banc of California Stadium
Los AngelesLos Angeles FC
1-1
SeattleSeattle Sounders
Atuesta (2')
Blessing (89')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Smith (54')
Arreaga (78'), Dobbelaere (83'), Roldan (85')

Preview: Los Angeles FC vs. Seattle Sounders - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between Los Angeles FC and Seattle Sounders, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

With both teams seeking to maintain their 100% start to the campaign, Los Angeles FC and Seattle Sounders face off on Saturday.

The teams currently lead the way after matchday one of the MLS season with the visitors occupying top spot, while the hosts are just below in second.


Match preview



Los Angeles FC (LAFC) coach Bob Bradley wears a face mask during a game against the Houston Dynamo at Banc of California Stadium in October 2020© Reuters

Los Angeles FC kicked off their 2021 MLS campaign with a 2-0 triumph over Austin FC at the Banc of California Stadium on April 17.

Corey Baird gave Bob Bradley's men the lead in the 61st minute, before Jose Cifuentes came off the bench to seal the deal in stoppage time.

It was a well deserved win for The Black and Gold, albeit an expected one, as they were up against a side who were playing their first top-flight game ever.

A sterner test now awaits as they prepare to host the team that knocked them out of last year's playoffs courtesy of a 3-1 win.

However, Saturday's hosts have a slight head-to-head advantage in recent meetings with five wins from the last 10 clashes, compared to the visitors' four.

Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer against the Columbus Crew in the first half during the 2020 MLS Cup Final at MAPFRE Stadium in December 2020© Reuters

Seattle Sounders opened their season with a resounding 4-0 victory over Minnesota United at the CenturyLink Field last Saturday.

Raul Ruidiaz recovered from a first-half penalty miss to score twice, and he was joined on the scoresheet by Joao Paulo as well as Fredy Montero.

The Sounders have found away matches at Los Angeles FC to be quite unpleasant as they have lost three of the last four games by an aggregate score of 8-2.

Brian Schmetzer's men will look to carry the momentum from last week as they seek to turn their fortunes around in this particular fixture.

Los Angeles FC Major League Soccer form:
  • W

Seattle Sounders Major League Soccer form:
  • W



Team News

Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela (10) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first half against Inter Miami CF at Banc of California Stadium on March 2, 2020© Reuters

Carlos Vela hobbled off with a minor injury during the course of the last game, and it is still unclear if he will feature in this one.

Besides that, the home team have everyone fit and ready to go as they look to make it six points from six to start the season.

Nicolas Lodeiro missed the visitors' emphatic victory last time out with a muscle injury which is expected to keep him out once again on Saturday.

He is joined on the sidelines by Jimmy Medranda as the 27-year-old Colombian forward continues to battle with an ankle problem.

Los Angeles FC possible starting lineup:
Fink; Palacios, Segura, Murillo, Blackmon; Kaye, Atuesta, Blessing; Baird, Musovski, Opoku

Seattle Sounders possible starting lineup:
Frei; Smith, Tolo, Arreaga, O'Neill, A. Roldan; C. Roldan, Atencio, Paulo; Bruin, Ruidiaz


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We say: Los Angeles FC 2-1 Seattle Sounders

The game has all the makings of a highly entertaining affair as the sides battle it out for early supremacy. While we expect goals at both ends, we are backing the home team to come out victorious in a narrow fashion.



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