MLS Preview: LAFC vs San Jose Earthquakes Prediction, Odds, and Picks (May 20)
- LAFC remains undefeated at home in the 2023 MLS.
- San Jose Earthquakes finished bottom of the Western table last season.
- The Quakes are famously bad when playing on the road.
On Wednesday evening, LAFC failed to beat Sporting KC despite entering the game as a -250 favorite. Can Steve Cherundolo’s men do better in their next game? On Saturday, they’re welcoming San Jose Earthquakes and bookies are giving -215 on them this time.
How to Watch
- When: Saturday, May 20, at 10:30 p.m ET
- Where: BMO Stadium, Los Angeles, California
- How to Watch: Apple TV
The defending champions played 1-1 with Kansas City in the previous round of the 2023 MLS, which came as a bit of a surprise. Cherundolo’s boys were far superior to their opponents, creating almost two times as many goal chances. However, only one went in – and it was the work of the league’s scoring leader, Denis Bouanga.
Actually, Los Angeles FC scored another goal in the 85th minute, but it was disallowed for offside. One can argue that luck wasn’t on their side that evening, but on Saturday, they mustn’t rely on luck. If they want to beat San Jose Earthquakes, they need to take things even more seriously.
It’s all really in their hands. LAFC players are much better than those of San Jose, meaning that if they play well, they’re going to win. The Quakes are flying surprisingly high at the moment (No.5 in the West), but they really aren’t a great team.
Last season, they finished bottom of the conference table, mainly due to their horrible performances on the road. Their away record was 1-5-11 with a scoring differential of 21-42. They’re not doing much better in 2023 either. Their record away from home this season is 0-2-4 with a 6-13 goals difference.
LAFC vs San Jose Prediction
Los Angeles FC is a team that’s incredibly good at home. The Black and Gold are undefeated this season with four wins and one draw, which happened in the previous round. They sure can’t go winless two times in a row at BMO Stadium, right?
We definitely think so, especially considering that they’re squaring off against one of the worst away sides in the league.