Minnesota United vs LA Galaxy predicted lineups: Can Loons revive playoffs dream?

In our Minnesota United vs LA Galaxy predicted lineups, the focus is firmly on the late battle for a spot in the Major League Soccer (MLS) playoff rounds with both sides in desperate need of a big win in their huge clash at the Allianz Field.

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Minnesota United vs LA Galaxy Predicted Lineups and Team News

The Loons are without a win in the MLS since the end of August and come into this game with a 7-man winless run. Now, they need to win their last two league games and hope the teams above them slip up. The Minessota players need to regain their motivation and be ruthless in ousting teams like LA Galaxy at home and will hope his side shows belief to get a much-needed win.

Greg Vanney’s side has a slightly stronger chance to make the playoffs– only if they are able to fix their defensive issues and win their last three games. Like the Loons, Galaxy also needs to pray that those holding the final places in the top-9 slip up and allow them to capitalize on that.

Before that, Vanney’s men have to replicate their heroics from the previous game against Minnesota (which they won) and get back to winning ways by being at their clinical best against the Loons.

Team News: Minnesota United

Minessota will be without some squad players for this upcoming clash. Joseph Rosales is still out with a thigh injury and is expected to be out of this game. Defender Brent Kallman has been suffering from a knee injury that has kept him out for quite some time.

Ryen Jiba and Robin Lod are long-term absentees because of the knee injury troubles and both aren’t expected to make a return anytime soon. The Loons will have to take the fight to LA Galaxy in their upcoming clash and play fearless attacking football, while being much stronger defensively to get a decisive win.

Minnesota United Predicted Lineup

Dayne St. Clair (GK), DJ Taylor, Michael Boxall, Miguel Tapias, Ethan Bristow, Wil Trapp, Kervin Arriaga, Emanuel Reynoso, Bongokuhle Hlongwane, Hassani Dotson, Teemu Pukki

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Team News: LA Galaxy

Vanney’s squad has had the worst share of luck with injuries this season. Javier Hernandez and Martin Caceres are both out with long-term injuries, while midfielder Gaston Brugman is also out with a knee injury.

Young defender Lucas Calegari remains sidelined alongside Jalen Neal and Chris Mavinga. There are also doubts over the fitness of midfielder Riqui Puig, who is suffering from an ankle knock.

Galaxy are winless in the MLS since their win over Minnesota United last month. They’ve become defensively porous, something Vanney must solve in the Minnesota United vs LA Galaxy predicted lineups to inspire them to sneak out with a win.

LA Galaxy Predicted Lineups

Jonathan Bond (GK), Kevin Leerdam, Maya Yoshida, José Antonio Alfaro Vázquez, Raheem Edwards, Oriol Russell, Edwin Cerrillo, Douglas Costa, Tyler Boyd, Diego Fagúndez, Billy Sharp

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Teemu Pukki looks to regain form vs LA Galaxy

Teemu Pukki has blown hot and cold for Minnesota United since joining in the summer transfer window from Norwich City. He’s scored six goals in 12 games, but is yet to hit top gear for the Loons. However, it would be unwise to undermine the goal-scoring prowess or potential of the Finland striker.

Pukki has earned a reputation for being a decisive forward in recent years and will salivate the prospect of facing the leaky LA Galaxy backline. He loves making runs in behind the centre-backs to get himself into key scoring areas and will hope that his teammates are able to feed him into the key areas.

The 33-year-old has lots of tricks up his sleeve, which he’ll aim to unlock against Galaxy. Pukki will aim to be at his ruthless best on Saturday, helping with his side’s build-up play and more important putting away chances clinically to help his side get a much-needed win.

Minnesota United vs LA Galaxy Predicted Lineups – What To Expect

With both sides being defensively vulnerable, an action-packed game can be expected between these two. It should be packed with a lot of goals due to the quality of both teams’ attacking lines on show, but only the most composed and mentally stronger team will be able to go away with a win.

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