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PUERTOR ICOvLAG ALAXY 1am LA GALAXY can extend their winning streak to six in a row in all competitions with a comfortable victory over Puerto Rico Islanders in their Concacaf Champions League group game early tomorrow morning, writes Ben Roe.

A victory for the Galaxy would almost certainly secure progress to the quarter-final stages, with a win guaranteeing they head into the final two rounds of matches holding a six-point advantage at the top of Group Five.

LA have been in fantastic form of late, scoring ten goals without reply in the process of winning their last four games.

That run also includes a 4-0 victory against Puerto Rico in the reverse fixture, a result which illustrates perfectly the gulf in class between the teams.

The Islanders are managed by Englishman Adrian Whitbread, who spent most of his playing career at Portsmouth and Leyton Orient, and after two heavy defeats in the competition already, they look likely to come up short once again.

Puerto Rico have the likes of David Foley, the former Hartlepool striker, as well as Richard Williams, the ex-Yeovil and Grays Athletic goalkeeper in their ranks, which outlines the limitations of their abilities.

In contrast, LA boast a wealth of top-class talent, such as Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, Christian Wilhelmsson and Marcelo Sarvas, Galaxy are unlikely to be hindered by the ankle injury which looks set to keep David Beckham on the sidelines.

It's hard to see any outcome other than LA strengthening their position at the head of the group in comfortable fashion, and backing the MLS outfit giving a one-goal start looks an attractive proposition at odds of 9-4.

Recommendation LA Galaxy -1 1pt 9-4 Paddy Power

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 19, 2012
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