Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: 10 Bold Predictions

Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy are so skilled at letting games get away from them. Truly, this is a club that has a gift. A gift that no club ever wants. Surely, it couldn’t come back to bit them in the you-know-what, right?

May 11, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks (11) is congratulated after scoring against Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini (1) (not pictured) during the second half at BC Place Stadium. The Vancouver Whitecaps won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Well, guess what? It will, as the Galaxy continue their season on Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Time Warner Cable Sportsnet. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.

1. Robbie Keane will not start on Saturday

Galaxy captain Robbie Keane suffered a hip flexor injury last weekend against the Portland Timbers and will most likely fail the physical before this exam. So look for the Galaxy to play significantly under-strength this go-around.

2. No goals in the first half

This match will continue the familiar trend of not having any goals in the first half. There will not be any goals in the opening stanza here between the Galaxy and Whitecaps.

3. Here comes Camilo with a brace

Camilo Sanvezzo leads the Whitecaps in goalscoring with 12 goals this season. A smooth operator with a dazzling touch, Sanvezzo will score a brace to lead the Caps, who are at the top of the MLS Power Rankings on the View.

4. Over five saves for Brad Knighton

Brad Knighton will be having another big night in goal for the Whitecaps. It seems that LA is a goalkeeper’s paradise, in which any given keeper can have a field day or night. Knighton will make more than five saves.

5. No goals or assists for Gyasi Zardes

May 11, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Gershon Koffie (28) goes down beside Los Angeles Galaxy forward Jose Villarrea (33) during the second half at BC Place Stadium. The Vancouver Whitecaps won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes has been failing to impress his critics. He may be a rookie, but let me tell you, the honeymoon period is over. There will no goals or assists from Gyasi this match.

6. Marcelo Sarvas will score for Los Angeles

Marcelo Sarvas has been a scoring revelaton for the Galaxy, and he will open up the match one again with a sensational strike from distance to give LA an early lead.

7. Under five saves from Carlo Cudicini

This will be another difficult, par-for-the-course night for embattled Galaxy netminder Carlo Cudicini. Under five saves will be made on Saturday from Cudi against the Whitecaps.

8. The match will be decided in stoppage time

The last match for the Los Angeles Galaxy was decided in the closing stages of second-half stoppage time, and it will be decided once again in stoppage time on Saturday.

9. Over 30 fouls and five yellow cards

Another chippy, physical encounter is on the way at the Hub. Over 30 fouls will be whistled and more that five yellow cards will be issued. However, no one will be sent off.

10. Vancouver are the next to leave it late against LA

The Galaxy will follow the script and let another team off the hook, with the Whitecaps being the lucky recipients. Need I say more?

Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 1

Topics: Los Angeles Galaxy, Major League Soccer, Mls, Vancouver Whitecaps

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