The LA Galaxy continue their home stand on Wednesday night when they take on FC Dallas. Confidence is surely flying high with back-to-back 1-0 wins. Here are four things to watch for this midweek battle.
1. The Zlatan Effect
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is, with all intensive purposes, going be reinstated into the starting XI against Dallas this week.
How is that going to change things? One thing is for sure, the formation will alter. Ibrahimovic will probably be up top with Norwegian striker Ola Kamara.
If the Galaxy play with two strikers, instead of with Kamara on the wings, expect the MLS veteran to be used as a secondary striker. That would make the 28-year-old a link between the midfield and attack.
2. Style of Play
There is more than likely going to be a change of style with the giant Swede back in the mix. Are they still going to try to keep the ball on the ground and use Ibra’s hold up ability? Or will they still try and hit long balls over the top and float crosses in towards the box?
Romain Alessandrini was pivotal during the last victory. He talked about his frustrations afterwards too, saying how he has not been the focal point as much. With Ibrahimovic back, is Alessandrini going to be a secondary, or even tertiary option in attack?
3. Bingham’s Confidence
Two clean sheets in one week will boost any goalkeeper’s confidence. But David Bingham certainly needed it. What also helped was the fact that he only had to make one save during the entire 90 minutes. If you want to watch the save again, here it is.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) May 26, 2018
In fact, during the last two shutouts, Bingham has made a combined six saves. You could attribute that too…
It’s been an interesting last couple of weeks for the back four. Ashley Cole missed the Montreal match because of yellow card accumulation. That meant that Dave Romney started in his spot while Emrah Klimenta made his MLS debut. Then, even with Cole back in the 18, Sigi Schmid kept the defense together.
Was that rewarding them for their efforts during the last match? Perhaps. But that line did it’s job and provided Bingham with excellent coverage in front of him. Will Schmid go back to the same back four? It would be a shock if that were to happen. You would have to imagine, though, that Romney would slide over to the right with Cole on the left.