Real Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles FC – MLS, July 3, 2021

| July 2, 2021 10:09 am PDT

Who would have thought that Real Salt Lake would be leading Los Angeles FC in the Western Conference as we head into July? I certainly couldn’t have predicted it.

But what I will try and predict is the outcome of the match between the two sides this Saturday, July 3, at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Before we get stuck into my prediction and betting pick for Saturday’s clash, let’s take a look at the Real Salt Lake vs. LAFC odds.

Real Salt Lake to Win2.90
The Draw3.80
LAFC to Win2.20

Regardless of the current standings, the bookmakers view LAFC as the favorite to win this one. That said, the big price for the away victory suggests that RSL will give Bob Bradley’s men a run for their money.

Eighth-place RSL currently sits one point ahead of tenth-place LAFC, although the Utah club does have a game in hand over Bradley’s side.

Anyway, we need to look at the teams closer before settling on an RSL vs. LAFC prediction.

Real Salt Lake vs. LAFC Match Preview

Real Salt Lake – Last Five Games

  • June 26 – Real Salt Lake 1-1 Houston Dynamo (D)
  • June 23 – Seattle Sounders 2-1 Real Salt Lake (L)
  • June 18 – Real Salt Lake 3-2 Vancouver Whitecaps (W)
  • May 29 – Real Salt Lake 1-1 Minnesota United (D)
  • May 22 – FC Dallas 2-2 Real Salt Lake (D)

When you assess RSL’s previous five matches, you will only find one win. However, that doesn’t even begin to tell the story of the club’s 2021 campaign so far.

Looking at the bigger picture, Freddy Juarez’s men have only lost two of their nine games this season – picking up three wins, and four draws along the way. Let’s not forget they finished second from bottom in the West last year.

Having bagged five goals and three assists this term, Croatian midfielder Damir Kreilach has spearheaded RSL’s upturn. Rubio Rubin has been immense, too, chalking up four goals and three assists in 2021.

But perhaps most importantly, the Claret & Cobalt have only conceded 11 goals this season. Considering the Sounders are the only team with a better defensive record, Juarez’s men can be proud of their efforts.

Los Angeles FC – Last Five Games

  • June 26 – Sporting Kansas City 2-1 LAFC (L)
  • June 23 – LAFC 2-0 FC Dallas (W)
  • June 19 – LAFC 1-1 Houston Dynamo (D)
  • May 29 – LAFC 1-2 New York City (L)
  • May 22 – LAFC 2-1 Colorado Rapids (W)

LAFC finished the previous campaign four places above RSL after accumulating ten points more than Juarez’s side. However, the Western Conference looks very different this time around.

Bradley’s men have only managed to win three of their ten matches this year and currently find themselves just four points ahead of last-place Vancouver. It is also worth noting that only four sides have scored fewer goals in the West.

Having suffered three defeats in four games, the Californians took four points from a possible six after the recent international break. But they swiftly returned to losing ways last time out, falling 2-1 to Sporting KC.

With both Diego Rossi and Carlos Vela struggling to find their best form, the Black & Gold aren’t posing much of an attacking threat at the moment.

My Real Salt Lake vs. LAFC Prediction and Pick

  • Real Salt Lake to Win

Although LAFC is one of the lowest-scoring sides in the West, Bradley’s men boast one of the meanest defensive records in the conference. With that in mind, I expect the visitors to frustrate the hosts in Utah.

Still, I’m confident that RSL will come out on top this weekend. Juarez’s men have continuously upset the MLS odds this year, so I’m backing them to claim a narrow victor.

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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