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A big night is in store in Lumen Field in the Pacific Northwest, as the hosts look to grab the three points needed to guarantee a spot in the postseason. Can the Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy predicted lineups give us any clues about how likely a home win is?
The Emerald City Supporters will be welcoming the Rave Green back after a three-game stretch on the road. LA Galaxy travel north following a dramatic duel against another Cascadia side, Portland Timbers, which ended in a 3-3 draw.
Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy predicted lineups and news
Both teams go into the game with no suspensions, the Galaxy’s Edwin Cerrillo is one yellow card away from a one-game ban, but he kept himself out of the referee’s book in the draw with Portland. In terms of injuries there are updates from both camps on the fitness of Raúl Ruidíaz and Riqui Puig.
In recent league action the Sounders have dominated this fixture, you have to go back to 2018 to find the last LA Galaxy victory in the MLS. However, the Californians did prevail back in May in the US Open Cup, a 3-1 win in Carson.
Team news: Seattle Sounders
The main news received this week is that Peruvian international Raúl Ruidíaz is still in hospital, recovering from injury and is ruled out for Wednesday night.
On a positive note Cameroonian lef back Nouhou returns following his one-game ban for yellow card accumulation. They hope he will be joined by Albert Rusnák who missed the trip to Nashville with illness.
If Rusnák doesn’t start then we can expect to see Uruguayan playmaker Nicolás Lodeiro continue in that role just behind the striker. Anchoring the midfielder is homegrown talent Joshua Atencio who has put in some fine displays in recent matches.
Seattle Sounders predicted lineup – 4-2-3-1
Frei – A.Roldán, Andrade, Ragen, Nohou – João Paulo, Atencio – Chú, Lodeiro, C.Roldán – Héber
Team news: LA Galaxy
Greg Vanney’s side have been the best entertainment value in the whole league over the last few games, the 3-3 thriller with Portland came as no surprise. Since a 0-0 draw with Houston Dynamo, their last five fixtures have seen both teams scoring at least twice. There has been an average of 5.8 goals per game during that run.
That certainly points to a well-oiled offense, led by the new inclusion Billy Sharp and supported by cameo roles from other players. For example, Brazilian winger Douglas Costa who returned to the starting XI and provided a hand in all three goals.
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But there are serious question marks about the defence, something that has plagued the Southern Californians all season. Things have been made harder with the ankle injury to captain Riqui Puig, who sat out the last game. Vanney conceded that the Spaniard was still “very questionable” to return for this contest.
LA Galaxy predicted lineup – 4-3-3
Bond – Leerdam, Zavaleta, Yoshida, Edwards – Cerrillo, Rosell, Delgado – Costa, Joveljić, Boyd
Will Douglas Costa play today?
There have been doubts all season over Douglas Costa’s availability, the 33-year-old winger doesn’t have the stamina for the frequent games and long travel times.
His 58 minutes against Portland was the first outing since he got almost 70 minutes at home to St.Louis City in the first half of September. He hasn’t played a full ninety minutes since the 9th of July when he took part in the home win over Philadelphia Union.
Everybody is aware of the quality the Brazilian brings, and with just four matches left and the Playoffs still a mathematical possibility, it is worth a roll of the dice. Costa is set to start his first MLS away game since July, could it give the Galaxy and unlikely win?
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