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MLS 2024: LA Galaxy vs Inter Miami: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :February 23, 2024 at 5:43 PM
Modified at :February 23, 2024 at 10:20 PM
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With a win already in the bag, the Herons are heading to LA Galaxy’s home

Unlike Inter Miami, this game will kickstart the 2024 Major League Soccer season for LA Galaxy. In the 2023 season, Galaxy conceded the highest number of goals in the entire division across the regular season. Even though they enjoyed great possession their leaky defence conceded 67 goals in total. Head coach Greg Vanney would like to address all problems in his fourth season at the helm.

Inter Miami have already played their first game against Real Salt Lake in the 2024 regular MLS season which was at home. It was played out at the newly renamed stadium – Chase Stadium after JPMorgan Chase took over the naming rights. The Herons won the game blissfully with a 2-0 scoreline which also happens to kickstart Lionel Messi‘s first full season in the United States.

Kick-Off:

Monday, 26 February 2024 at 1:30 AM UK (7:00 AM IST)

Location: Dignity Health Sports Park

Form

LA Galaxy (in all competitions): W-D-L-L-L

Inter Miami (in all competitions): W-D-L-W-L

Players to Watch

Riqui Puig (LA Galaxy)

The 24-year-old is one of the most exciting players in the ranks of LA Galaxy. Riqui Puig who is a former La Masia youth product is starting to find his feet in MLS which we saw last season. Puig was once praised by AC Milan legend Gennaro Gattuso, “It’s a spectacle to watch players like him play,”. And we agree, it is.

Luis Suárez (Inter Miami)

Yes, we all know, it had to be Lionel Messi here but guess what there’s a new man on the block beside him. Messi’s former FC Barcelona teammate made his presence felt in the opening game. Luis Suarez had two shots on target and is more or less likely to score in this one. Suárez has already managed an assist in his first MLS appearance.

Match Facts

  • The Herons have kickstarted their season with a 2-0 win
  • Luis Suarez already has an assist in the bag
  • LA Galaxy will be without star striker Javier Hernandez after four seasons

Injury & Team News

The LA team will be without Javier Hernandez this season interestingly. Chicharito has joined Chivas in Mexico. However, manager Greg Vanney will be excited to include right-back Miki Yamane in his starting XI. Yamane has been voted in the Best XI of the J1 League three times while he was in Japan.

The visiting side still has Corentin Jean, Franco Negri and Ian Fray sidelined from last season. All of them are trying to resolve their ACL issues.

Head to Head

Total Matches – 1

LA Galaxy wins – 1

Inter Miami wins – 0

Draws – 0

Predicted Lineup

LA Galaxy predicted lineup (4-2-1-3):

McCarthy (GK); Yamane, Yoshida, Neal, Aude; Brugman, Delgado; Puig; Paintsil, Joveljic, Pec

Inter Miami predicted lineup (4-3-3):

Callender (GK); Yedlin, Allen, Kryvtsov, Alba; Gressel, Busquets, Gomez; Messi, Suarez, Taylor

Match Prediction for LA Galaxy vs Inter Miami

Goalkeeper Drake Callender may have bagged the first clean sheet of the season in the opening game but this game will be a hard one. The Galaxy side is expected to trouble their visitors. However, against the neatly assembled Inter Miami squad, they are expected to fall short.

Prediction: LA Galaxy 1-3 Inter Miami

Telecast for LA Galaxy vs Inter Miami

India – Apple TV

UK – Apple TV

US –  Apple TV, Fox Sports

Nigeria – Apple TV

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