Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New England Revolution: 10 Bold Predictions


Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy will surely be taking a long look at themselves ahead on Sunday’s MLS match with the New England Revolution. Kickoff at Gillette Stadium is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.

Mar 31, 2012; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Juninho (19) attempts to move the ball defended by New England Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms (19) and defenseman Florian Lechner (2) during the second half at the Home Depot Center. The New England Revolution defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles are 6-4-2 (20 points) and fourth in the MLS Western Conference. New England are 4-4-4 (16 points) and seventh in the MLS Eastern Conference. A Galaxy win is crucial to keep the teams at the top of the West honest. Here’s 10 Bold Predictions for the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New England Revolution.

1. No goals in the first half

This will be a tense match at the Razor. There will be no goals in the first half due to poor finishing left and right on both sides.

2. New England will score first

Diego Fagundez leads the Revolution in goals with four this season. Fagundez will score in the second half to spice things ups for the Revs.

3. Here comes Juan Agudelo

Juan Agudelo has two goals this season for New England, and will be romping wild and free against a Galaxy side at the end of its rope. Agudelo scores in the second half for the Revolution.

4. Also on goal…Lee Nguyen!

The most underrated of goalscorers for New England is Lee Nguyen. He will look to add to his tally this season in the second half. Nguyen also leads New England in shots with 26 this year.

5. Bobby Shuttleworth with at least four saves

This season, Bobby Shuttleworth has 34 saves to his credit for the Revolution and will need to be at the top of his game. Shuttleworth will make at least four saves.

6. No goals or assists for Landon Donovan

Mar 31, 2012; Carson, CA, USA; New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen (24) and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Edson Buddle (14) go up for the header during the first half at the Home Depot Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The season of struggles for Landon Donovan will continue on Sunday. Donovan will not score any goals or assists against New England.

7. Carlo Cudicini will make under five saves

Goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has been exonerated after Brian Rowe revealed that the Galaxy have a massive problem at goalkeeper on Wednesday against the Carolina RailHawks. Cudicini will make less than five saves against the Revolution.

8. New England dominate a number of key stats

The Revolution will dominate a number of key statistics: attempts on goal, open play crosses, possession, duals won, shots on target and corners.

9. At least 20 fouls, under four yellows

In what will be a great match for the home team, there will be at least 20 fouls whistled and under four yellow cards will be issued.

10. New England’s hotstreak against LA continues

The month of June begins the same way the month of May ended for the Los Angeles Galaxy: on the wrong foot. New England are taking this one.

New England Revolution 3, Los Angeles Galaxy 0