Orlando City v LA Galaxy
Sunday May 17, 22:00
Live on Sky Sports 5
German joy for us yesterday, as Borussia Monchengladbach's 2-0 win at Werder Bremen saw our Under 2.5 Goals bet land. Brazilian virtuoso Raffael gave me a few more grey hairs with a second-half double, but thankfully that's where the scoring finished.
I've kept you exclusively in Europe so far this week, so we'll finish with a trip to the US of A. After Steven Gerrard's emotional farewell from Anfield, we'll take a look at the LA Galaxy side he'll be joining. Don't tell Stevie G, but he might be swapping one underperforming outfit for another.
The Galaxy have won the MLS Cup in three of the past four seasons, but a glut of injuries has caused them to make a modest start to this campaign. They have won just three of their opening 11 matches, and they are seventh in the Western Conference. The absence of Irish goal-getter Robbie Keane has been keenly felt, as the much-travelled marksman has managed just four appearances.
Despite LA's struggles, their coach Bruce Arena insists they aren't playing badly, and that good performances will soon yield better results. Slow starts aren't a new thing for the Galaxy - last season they won just two of their first eight matches but went on to be crowned as champions.
Expansion team Orlando City have also been plagued by injuries, and they are still looking for their first home win. Midfielder Kevin Molino is out for the rest of the campaign with an ACL tear, while former Huddersfield and Burnley striker Martin Paterson is yet to make a single appearance. At least marquee signing Kaka is contributing, having scored three goals in ten games.
The market is split in the Match Odds, with Orlando trading at 2.89/5 and LA Galaxy 2.829/5. That gives us scope to back a team -0 on the Asian Handicap and give ourselves some insurance. LA have plenty of quality and experience, and they've only lost three times despite their injury issues. Orlando have a completely new squad that's learning how to play together, they've failed to score in three of their five home games, and this matchup might've come too early in the season for them.
One of Gerrard's teams might win this weekend after all.
Back LA Galaxy -0 on the Asian Handicap at 1.9420/21