LAFC vs. Minnesota United – MLS, July 28, 2021

| July 27, 2021 1:11 am PDT

Both Los Angeles FC and Minnesota United are in red-hot form as they prepare to face off in the sole Major League Soccer clash taking place this Wednesday, July 28.

The two sides have each taken ten points from their previous five outings, recording three wins, one draw, and one loss in the process. As a result, fifth-place LAFC sits just one point ahead of sixth-place Minnesota in the Western Conference.

In this betting preview, I analyze the teams, check out the odds for Wednesday’s game, and finish by sharing my LAFC vs. Minnesota United prediction and best bets.

Can LAFC Continue to Climb?

Although Bob Bradley’s men were held to a 2-2 draw by Vancouver last weekend, they are finally starting to produce the kind of performances that saw them clinch the Supporters’ Shield back in 2019.

We all know that 2020 was a year to forget for Los Angeles FC. But if they carry on the way they are going, they shouldn’t struggle to secure a playoff berth this time around.

Across the past ten games, only two teams in the West have accumulated more points than LAFC. And with three clean sheets coming in their last seven matches, they now boast one of the best defensive records in the division.

The team struggled for goals at the beginning of the campaign, but Carlos Vela has changed that recently. The prolific Mexican has bagged four goals and four assists in his last ten appearances and heads into Wednesday’s clash on a three-game scoring streak.

Diego Rossi has upped his game of late, too, notching two goals and one assist in his previous four matches.

Minnesota Will Be Difficult to Stop

Funnily enough, Minnesota is one of the two sides that has taken more points than LAFC over the last ten rounds.

Not only have the Loons lost just one of their previous ten games, but they have also picked up six wins in that time. Better still, they have conceded a measly seven goals in the process, with three shutouts coming in their last six outings.

After ending Seattle’s lengthy unbeaten streak a fortnight ago, Adrian Heath’s men secured back-to-back wins last weekend. They racked up 28 shots in a comeback victory over Portland, with Chase Gasper and Robin Lod getting on the scoresheet.

Lod has contributed four goals and two assists in nine appearances this year, making him Minnesota’s top scorer. However, the Loons have only netted 15 times this season, meaning they are the second-lowest scorers in the West.

If Lod’s teammates don’t start chipping in, the club could struggle to hold onto a top-seven spot.

LAFC vs. Minnesota United Odds

LAFC to Win1.51
The Draw4.15
Minnesota United to Win6.00
Over 2.5 Goals1.52
Under 2.5 Goals2.40
Both Teams to Score1.62

Given that Bradley’s men have only lost one of their eight home matches this year (four wins, three draws), it is hardly surprising that all the leading online sportsbooks expect LAFC to win this one.

That said, the giant odds for the draw and the Minnesota win are extremely difficult to ignore here, especially when you consider the Loons’ recent resurgence.

Score Prediction for LAFC vs. Minnesota

Considering that Minnesota has lost just one of their previous ten games, I think it will be difficult for Los Angeles FC to claim all three points on Wednesday.

Yes, LAFC is the bookies’ heavy favorite. But having taken everything into account, my score prediction for LAFC vs. Minnesota United is a 1-1 draw.

My LAFC vs. Minnesota Betting Picks

The juicy price for the draw is just too good to miss. With both LAFC and Minnesota proving to be extremely tough to break down in recent matches, I can see them canceling each other out on Wednesday.

  • Pick: The Draw – 4.15

Nine of Minnesota’s 14 MLS games have produced under 2.5 goals this season, while more than half of LAFC’s matches have dished up less than three goals. For that reason, backing under 2.5 goals makes sense here.

  • Pick: Under 2.5 Goals – 2.40
Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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