Get ready for an exciting MLS showdown between LA Galaxy and Inter Miami. Read our preview, prediction, and betting tips for insights.

LA Galaxy vs Inter Miami – Preview, Prediction and Lineups 26/02/2024

Match Analysis: LA Galaxy vs Inter Miami

On Monday morning, the 26th of February, the opening matchday of the 2024 MLS regular season concludes with Inter Miami taking on Los Angeles Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Match Preview

In an unexpected turn of events in 2023, the Galaxy failed to secure a playoff spot for the third time in four seasons, while the Herons kicked off the new season with a triumphant 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

The 2024 season could be a crucial one for Greg Vanney, who led Toronto to the MLS Cup in 2017 but has not found much success in LA, losing at least twelve regular season matches in each of his three years in charge.

Defensively, the LA Galaxy were a mess in 2023, conceding a league-high 67 goals, eight more than any other team in MLS (Toronto).

Their only two domestic victories last season against Eastern Conference opponents came at Dignity Health Sports Park, defeating the Philadelphia Union in July (3-1) and the Chicago Fire (3-0) just over a month later.

Meanwhile, Inter Miami started their 2024 Major League Soccer campaign on a positive note, ending a six-game winless streak in this competition on Thursday.

Tata Martino’s side limited Real Salt Lake to just two shots on target, earning their first clean sheet since September 2023 (a 4-0 win over Toronto).

Inter Miami won only three away matches in this competition last year, with their last victory coming in California against Los Angeles FC in early September (3-1).

The Herons conceded three or more goals on the road five times in this competition last year, while allowing multiple goals on eight occasions.

Martino’s side have won their last eleven MLS matches when leading at halftime, a run that dates back to August 2020.

Prediction: Los Angeles Galaxy 1-2 Inter Miami

LA Galaxy had a poor season last year with only 8 wins in 34 games, while Inter Miami started their new campaign with a victory.

Both teams seem evenly matched, but with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez available, it is likely that Inter Miami will come out on top.

  • Prediction: Inter Miami to Win

LA Galaxy averaged 3.47 goals per game in 34 league matches last season, while Inter Miami averaged 2.79 goals per game in 34 league matches last season, although they began their new season with a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

  • Betting Tip: Over 1.5 Goals

Possible Lineups

Los Angeles Galaxy starting lineup: (4-2-1-3)

McCarthy;

Yamane, Yoshida, Neal, Aude;

Brugman, Delgado;

Puig;

Paintsil, Joveljic, Pec

Inter Miami starting lineup: (4-3-3)

Callender;

Yedlin, Allen, Freire, Alba;

Gressel, Busquets, Gomez;

Messi, Suarez, Taylor

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