Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Chivas USA: 10 Bold Predictions

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IMay 16, 2012

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Chivas USA: 10 Bold Predictions

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    On Saturday, May 19, Los Angeles's very own football derby begins anew with the first round of the 2012 Honda SuperClasico between Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy and Robin Fraser's Chivas USA.

    Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. Here are 10 things to watch out for in this matchup this weekend.

1. "¡Arriba Las Chivas!": Under 10 Times

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    At all Chivas home games, a sound effect rings out, that of a fan that goes, "¡Arriba Las Chivas!" Seeing that this is a commonality, I have decided to make a prediction on the number of times it will occur during the match.

    I am setting the over/under at 10 and going for the under.

2. Chivas USA Scores First

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    I've been on a roll predicting the Los Angeles Galaxy's opposition will score first to open up a match, and I will say it again now.

    Chivas USA, believe it or not, have been playing better soccer, and I am calling for the unlikeliest of people in Jose Correa to do the honors for the Goats.

3. David Beckham on the Scoresheet for Los Angeles

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    David Beckham's goal against the Montreal Impact last weekend is a Goal of the Week candidate this week, and the man has proven that he can still pack a punch. Look for Becks to be on the scoresheet once again.

4. Two Goals for Landon Donovan

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    The team captain is itching for some offensive production. With Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane up top, expect Donovan to break his slump and record a brace against Chivas USA.

5. Set Piece Slot Machine for Beckham

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    Back to Becks for a little bit. Last weekend against the Impact, David Beckham had 10 corners to work with, an embarrassment of set piece. This is bad news for Chivas USA, who will need to neutralize Becks's long ball deliveries.

    If there were 10 last week, I am calling for at least 10 this week. More of the same.

6. Dan Kennedy vs. the Galaxy Firing Squad

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    Dan Kennedy will need to make plenty of saves on Saturday because he up against a Galaxy outfit desperate for production. Anything and everything.

    So, look for the Chivas USA goalkeeper to record at least six saves against the Los Angeles attack.

7. Robbie Keane...on the Scoresheet

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    Robbie Keane has to realize that with every game without a goal, he is looking more and more like a bust. With Euro 2012 coming up soon, he needs to get going immediately.

    Look for Keane to score at least one this game.

8. A Physical Encouter with over 20 Fouls

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    These two teams love to hate each other, and the match official on Saturday will be issuing some cards on the side. Look for at least 20 fouls and three yellows combined from both the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA this weekend.

9. Wild First Half Ends in 2-2 Draw at Break

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    The goals will be present in what appears to be a glorified pillow fight in the MLS Western Conference.

    Both Chivas and LA will be trading goals, and the halftime score will read: Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Chivas USA 2.

10. Los Angeles Leaves It Late

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    The set piece slot machine will eventually pay off. Two late goals in the last 10 minutes a la Manchester City against Queens Park Rangers will make this another victory for the Los Angeles Galaxcy over Chivas USA.

    Los Angeles Galaxy 4, Chivas USA 2


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