Nashville Vs LAFC Betting Tip: Under 2.5 Goals – 18 July 2022

Goals scarce as best in the West class at GEODIS Park?

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United States Nashville Vs Los Angeles FC United States

Monday, 18 July 2022 – 01:30 (BST)
US Major League Soccer
Pick: Under 2.5 Goals
Odds: 21/20
Bookmaker: Betfair
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 15 July 2022)

Preview: Although these teams sit side-by-side in the MLS Western Conference, there is still a gap of nine points splitting Nashville in third and LAFC in second. Will this apparent gulf be in evidence during the pair’s maiden fixture at GEODIS Park?

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Nashville – Smith’s men looking to go back-to-back?

With his 11th MLS goal of 2022, Hany Mukhtar strengthened his claims for Golden Boot honours. The German now tied for second, trailing the 12 of New York City’s Taty Castellanos, after netting the game’s decisive strike in Wednesday’s hard-fought 1-0 home win over Seattle Sounders. That a second win in six (D2 L2) for Gary Smith’s men who are into third in the Western Conference, level with Real Salt Lake.

Going back-to-back is now the challenge, something they’ve failed to achieve since departing Field and Children’s Mercy Park in April with successive one-goal margin victories against Columbus Crew and Sporting Kansas City, respectively. While the fact they are back at GEODIS Park isn’t necessarily the positive it should be. That’s because NSC are W1 D3 L1 across their last five league outings on home soil.

Key Stat: Although home wins have been scarce of late, their record in such matches is nevertheless formidable. Gary Smith’s side would lose only one of their last 25 games as the home team in Major League Soccer.


Nashville HT/Draw FT


Los Angeles FC – At their most vulnerable away from home?

Excitement is building ahead of Monday’s (Sunday local time) visit to Tennessee. Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chilellini are officially among the LAFC roster, but only time will tell as to whether either are in any sort of shape to feature at GEODIS Park. Besides, head coach Steve Cherundolo could well be of the opinion that what isn’t broke doesn’t need fixing – for now at least. Reluctant to alter a winning formula.

The Black and Gold hotfoot into this having won five of seven prior league games, only dropping points in Seattle and Vancouver against the Sounders (drew 1-1) and Whitecaps (defeated 1-0 courtesy of a goal at the death). So, both Bale and Chilleini may be restricted to making an impact off the bench in the short-term as LAFC go about improving a modest return of four points from their four previous away games.

Key Stat: Austin FC (41) are the only team to have scored more goals in MLS this term than Los Angeles FC, whose tally of 38 comprises only 12 away from home. They’ve not managed more than one goal in four of six prior away league games (W2 D1 L3).

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Nashville SC Vs Los Angeles FC Betting Advice

Laying Los Angeles FC for their most recent away encounter – their 1-0 reverse to the Vancouver Whitecaps – served us well as their troubles on the road continued. That marked a second away defeat in four, having won only twice across their last six matches away from Banc of California Stadium. Nashville (third in the West) are an upgrade on their last hosts (Vancouver sit 10th in the same conference).


Chelsea Vs Bayern Munich – Key Facts:

  • The teams have never met before. Nashville remain a streaky team to follow, with their form across their last 14 MLS matches as follows: DLDWLWDWDLWDLW.
  • LAFC are nine points better off the in the West than Nashville. However, LAFC are inconsistent on their travels, taking maximum points from just two of the last six MLS road games (W2 D1 L3).
  • Nashville were ahead at half-time in four of their last six MLS home games, but would only go on to win two of these games (W2 D2).


Scoring has been the primary issue for LAFC. They’re averaging 1.5 goals on their travels this year, with Under 1.5 Teams Goals landing in four of their six previous road fixtures. Defensively they remain sound, though, leading to each of the last four away games seeing Under 2.5 Goals. Meanwhile, Nashville wouldn’t manage more than one goal in all but one of their last four at GEODIS Park – two of these seeing Under 2.5.

Best Betting Odds – Nashville SC Vs Los Angeles FC

Nashville SC – 11/8 (WilliamHill)
Draw – 13/5 (Bet365)
Los Angeles FC – 15/8 (BetVictor)