The regular season in MLS is coming to an end this weekend as the team looks to secure the last playoff spots.
While both Minnesota United and the LA Galaxy are currently among the top seven in the Western Conference table, a positive result for both can go a long way to securing a playoff advantage.
Galaxy have more to play for as they sit in seventh place, while Minnesota United is comfortably in fifth.
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When is kick off? Sunday, November 7, 6:00 PM (ET)
Where is the match played? Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California
Which TV channel is it on? Fox Sports 1
Los Angeles Galaxy duo Javier Hernandez and Jonathan dos Santos are expected to play on Sunday / Shaun Clark / GettyImages
After a 1-1 draw on Monday against the Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy’s playoff jump is still alive.
LA Galaxy is currently in 7th place on the Western Conference table with 47 points, just one behind 5th and 6th place Minnesota United and Vancouver Whitecaps.
With a win over Minnesota, LA Galaxy can take a playoff bid. A draw would require either a draw or a loss from both LAFC and Real Salt Lake to survive. A loss on Sunday, Galaxy are gone unless LAFC and Real Salt Lake both lose.
Minnesota United FC player Wil Trapp will play on Sunday / Lyndsay Radnedge / ISI Photos / GettyImages
After a massive 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City, Minnesota United is in a more favorable position than Galaxy. Loons is 5th in the Western Conference, with 48 points, and can win a third playoff bid in a row.
A win or draw against Galaxy puts MNUFC back in the playoffs. Should they lose, there are several scenarios where they can still get to the post-season. If Vancouver loses and either Real Salt Lake or LAFC loses or draws, or both Real Salt Lake and LAFC loses and draws, Minnesota can still secure a spot.
Osvaldo Alonso has been suspended for the match with LA Galaxy due to yellow cards.
LA Galaxy: Bond; Hamalainen, Williams, DePuy, Araujo; Raveloson, dos Santos, Alvarez, Vazquez; Cabral, Chicharito
Minnesota: Miller; Gasper, Boxall, Dibassy, Metanire; Dotson, Trapp, Fragapane, Reynoso; Lod, Hunou
Minnesota United has struggled with the LA Galaxy since joining MLS 2017. Galaxy has a 5-1-2 advantage over Loons in the series through the ages. This season, the teams have shared the two previous meetings, with LA winning 1-0 in Minnesota on August 14 and Minnesota winning 3-0 at home on September 18.
While the team divides the season series, the third meeting is the most important for both sides. While both teams are currently in the playoff picture as it looks, a negative result for both sides on Sunday could be a disaster. Tensions will be high in Southern California on Sunday, and both teams will struggle with beaks and claws to keep their seasons alive. The intensity will be as even as the season series so far, and the score can be just as good.
Prediction: LA Galaxy 1-1 Minnesota United FC
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