Eduard Atuesta replaces Francisco Ginella in the XI, otherwise LAFC go with the same group as the last game (much of that due to injuries).
Vancouver have a pretty young lineup in this one.
LAFC are below the playoff line in the Western Conference (don’t panic yet, there’s 11 games to play yet), and slumping badly, losing five of their seven games since the local return to play (that’s reason to panic). LAFC most recently got spanked by the Seattle Sounders, again, but they’re going to have to start winning some games in order to not actually get buried and miss the playoffs altogether this season.
And what do you know, Vancouver have struggled badly most of this season but have turned on the jets of late and are above LAFC in the standings, winning three of their last four games. They may not totally roll over for their opponent like I think many expect, and don’t forget, the Whitecaps were one of the few teams to beat LAFC last season, so they know how to do it.
So this is a big game for both teams, LAFC in particular. They need wins and a string of them, to get back on track, and they’ll aim to start right here. If not? A difficult season will continue to drag on. Should be fascinating to watch, we’ll see what happens.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Wednesday afternoon, LAFC are (-670) while Vancouver are (+1300). The odds of a draw are (+700). The bookmakers have LAFC enormous favorites, which, famous last words, but this is the biggest swing in an MLS line I think I’ve seen this year.
How to Watch:
Wednesday’s match between LAFC and the Whitecaps will be televised locally on YouTube TV and EstrellaTV, and in the rest of the country on ESPN+. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
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