The Best of the Day preview shoots for the back of the net with MLS playoffs tips for Minnesota United FC’s knockout clash with LA Galaxy.

MLS Tips – Minnesota United FC V LA Galaxy

11:30 (AEDT) @ Allianz Field, Saint Paul

History: Played 6: LA Galaxy 4 V Minnesota 0 (2 Draws)

Last meeting: April 25, 2019: 0-0 draw at Allianz Field

Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview sees the last Western Conference Semifinals spot go on the line in Major League Soccer playoffs action.

Minnesota United host LA Galaxy for the opportunity to take on Conference-topping LAFC. Minnesota finished fourth in the West with a 15-8-11 record, while the Galaxy were one spot back with 16 wins and three draws from 34 games.

Minnesota won nine and drew five of their last 18 games. A 1-0 final-round loss to Seattle ended a four-match unbeaten run, including a 1-1 draw against LAFC a week earlier.

Darwin Quintero (10) is United’s top scorer this season. Minnesota’s game is built around stingy defence, conceding the third-least goals in the entire league. They have conceded more than one goal just once in their last 10 starts.

The Galaxy limped into the playoffs somewhat, winning only four of their last 13 games. They went down Vancouver (4-3) and Houston (4-2) in the last two rounds.

But their form slide hasn’t affected the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The veteran import has scored in each of the Galaxy’s last five games, including a hat-trick in a 7-2 rout of Sporting KC. He has 30 goals in just 29 appearances this season.

Erratic defence is the Galaxy’s main bugbear; they have conceded more goals than they have scored.

Minnesota confront Galaxy hoodoo

Minnesota are yet to register a win against the Galaxy in six attempts. The Galaxy chalked up a 3-2 home win in Round 3 this season, while the teams played out a scoreless draw in Saint Paul five weeks later.

The latter encounter was the first between the clubs to produce less than three goals.

This is Minnesota’s MLS playoffs debut. While the Galaxy are making their first post-season appearance since 2016, they have won three titles this decade.

That experience – along with the influence of Ibrahimovic – looks a good chance of spurring the visitors to a Best of the Day upset.

Tip: Result – Galaxy @ $3.60