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Guess the Starting XI - Match 31 vs. LA Galaxy

With their playoff hopes dwindling, the Whitecaps will look to exact revenge on the Galaxy.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at LA Galaxy Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back everyone.

It’s always tough when the playoff race effectively comes to an end, often leaving us wondering what is left to play for over the final matches of the season. When the Vancouver Whitecaps host the LA Galaxy on Wednesday night at BC Place, one of those motivations for the home team will be doing their best to keep LAG below the Western Conference playoff bar.

Things really started to go off the rails for Vancouver when they lost a 5-2 road contest to the Galaxy back on August 13th, meanwhile, LA has been treading water, still below the playoff line in 8th place, drawing three of their last four.

In terms of lineup considerations, Vanni Sartini indicated on Tuesday that he would be fielding his best team, with thoughts of next year only playing a very secondary role in his mind. In terms of injuries, Seb Berhalter was back to full training but I would not expect him to start. Lucas Cavallini is still suspended, while Ryan Gauld will be back in the fold.

Ok, on to rules and standings:

  • Predictions will be ‘valid’ if posted HERE (or more accurately, whichever is the correct match thread) before the lineup is officially announced, usually about an hour before kickoff.
  • You receive 1 point for every player you correctly guess to be in the Starting XI. You receive 4 bonus points for correctly predicting all 11 starters.
  • You get 5 points for correctly guessing Win/Lose/Draw, this doubles to 10 if you also predict the right score-line along with the result.
  • All this means, if you correctly predict the Starting XI, Final Score, and Winner, you can earn 25 points!
  • At the end of each half, the contestant’s lowest two scores of that period will be deducted from the cumulative standings.