Preview: Los Angeles FC vs. Charlotte FC – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Major League Soccer clash between Los Angeles FC and Charlotte FC, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

FC Los Angeles will look to extend their MLS winning streak to six matches when they host Charlotte F.C. at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday.

Unlike the hosts, Charlotte enters the competition after three defeats in their last four matches.

Match preview

Gareth Bale in action for Los Angeles FC on August 6, 2022© Reuters

Los Angeles is expected to finish the regular season in first place in the Western Conference after winning 16 of its 23 games in MLS.

Steve CherundoloThe team are six points ahead and one game ahead of Dallas FC, who currently sit in second place.

They extended their winning streak last weekend to five matches with a comprehensive 4-1 away win against Real Salt Lake.

Serge Cordoba equalized for visitors after Christian Arango had opened the scoring in the ninth minute, but LAFC restored the lead thanks to Acosta de Kelly before the 20th minute.

Arango’s second goal of the game followed before Gareth Bale wrapped up the 4-1 win that leaves LAFC second in MLS leading scorers and with the best defensive record in the Western Conference.

Christian Fuchs in action for Charlotte FC on August 6, 2022© Reuters

Unlike their hosts, Charlotte sits outside the playoffs in 11th place, but they can still qualify for the playoffs with a point separating them from the top seven.

If they want to make a playoff push, they will need to improve on their current form, which has seen them lose three of their last four games in MLS.

After losing 3-2 and 4-0 to Inter Miami and Toronto respectively, Charlotte seemed to have reached a milestone by beating DC United 3-0.

However, they were narrowly beaten 3-2 at home to the Chicago Fire last weekend, with goals from Yordy Reyna and Karol Swidersky not enough to help their side avoid defeat.

Charlotte faces another tough competition this weekend when she travels to Los Angeles in a bid to pick up her second away win of the MLS season.

Los Angeles FC Major League Soccer form:

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Team News

Franco Escobar in action for Los Angeles FC on August 3, 2022© Reuters

Julien Gaines is sidelined for the hosts, while they are also without Eric Duenaswho is a long-term absentee.

Despite scoring two goals in his four MLS appearances – all of which have come from the bench – Bale is likely to remain as a substitute.

After the comfortable 4-1 win over Real Salt Lake, Cherundolo could name an unchanged starting line-up for Saturday’s game.

As for visitors, Vinicius Mello and Adam’s Armor are sidelined with injury issues, while Kerwin Vargas is a doubt.

Guzman Corujo could also miss out after being sent off in the first half against Chicago, and if the centre-back is unable to feature he will be replaced by Joseph Mora.

Jordy Alcivar could also be brought into the starting lineup after coming off the bench to play more than 30 minutes last weekend.

Possible starting line-up of Los Angeles FC:
crepe; Escobar, Murillo, Chiellini, Palacios; Acosta, Sanchez, Cifuentes; Veil, Opoku, Arango

Possible starting line-up of Charlotte FC:
Kahlina; Lindsey, Walkes, Fuchs, Mora; Bronico, Alcivar; McKinze Gaines, Bender, Reina; Swidersky

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We say: Los Angeles FC 3-1 Charlotte FC

While Charlotte has lost three of its last four games, LAFC has won its last five games in MLS, and we think they’ll continue that trend with another win on Saturday.

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