Home Side Determined to Bounce Back
Los Angeles FC is atop the MLS Western Conference with a two-point advantage over second place. However, they just suffered a humiliating loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps. Therefore, they’re determined to bounce back by winning the Los Angeles Derby, also known as El Trafico.
As for the Los Angeles Galaxy, they just crushed CF Montreal and a victory on Friday night could boost them up to third place. Even so, Greg Vanney;s team comes in as the betting online underdog at +310. Considering they’ve gone four straight games without losing against LAFC, that’s a very tempting deal.
Los Angeles FC: Way Better at Home
Here’s why Los Angeles FC’s loss to the Whitecaps humiliating. LAFC is the top scoring team in the league with 35 goals. Prior to last Saturday’s game, the Whitecaps had allowed 28 goals, the worst among the top nine Western Conference teams.
Even so, Vancouver won the game 1-0, but that’s not all. LAFC didn’t even take a shot on goal. As if that wasn’t enough, Andres Cubas scored the winning goal with only one minute left to play. You know, when it hurts more and there’s no time to react.
To be fair, Carlos Vela didn’t play due to a minor injury while Jose Cifuentes was suspended due to yellow card accumulation. Both are expected to return for El Trafico.
Anyway, that game was on the road and LAFC has been considerably better when playing at home. Seven of their 11 victories were at Banc of California Stadium. Most recently, they defeated FC Dallas, one of the best defensive teams in the league, 3-1.
The home side is offering a -130 price in the sportsbook to win straight up. Their only loss at home was against Austin FC (2-1), the team sitting in second place. The strong possibility of Gareth Bale making his debut also has a lot to do with that price.
LA Galaxy: Chicharito Leading Way
Last Monday, Los Angeles Galaxy played host to CF Montreal and had no mercy. They won 4-0 with goals from Javier Chicharito Hernandez, Dejan Joveljic and Rayan Raveloson (twice). That was their first clean sheet in their last seven matches.
Chicharito has scored seven goals, enough to be the team’s top scorer. He’s followed by Joveljic with six. We’re talking about one of the most lethal duos in the league. And more help is on the way because they recently signed midfielder Gaston Brugman.
“We are pleased to welcome Gastón to the LA Galaxy. He is an excellent player and focused professional. He will add balance, experience and leadership to our midfield,” Vanney said during his presentation.
The Uruguayan won’t be available to play right away, but such a signing motivates the whole team. Plus, internal competition increases, so everyone must show their best version.
The Galaxy own a 3-2-2 record when playing on the road. Their last road game was against Minnesota United and ended 1-1. They scored in seven of their last 10 games away from home and finished with a clean sheet four times. Summing up, they’re used to putting up a good fight no matter where they play, which is why you won’t find a more tempting soccer betting underdog, especially at +310.
LAFC vs LA Galaxy Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 15
- Los Angeles FC Victories: 3 (31 goals)
- Los Angeles Galaxy Victories: 7 (34 goals)
- Draws: 5
As mentioned before, Los Angeles Galaxy haven’t lost in the last four editions of El Trafico. In fact, they already played LAFC this season and won 2-1 with goals from Chicharito and Sega Coulibaly. Cristian Arango scored for LAFC. It was a fast-paced game in which the referee ended up showing 10 yellow cards.
The last time they met at Banc of California Stadium, the match finished 3-3.
LAFC vs LA Galaxy Game Information
- Date: Friday
- Time: 10 p.m. ET
- Location: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles
- Los Angeles FC vs Los Angeles Galaxy Live Stream: fubo.tv
LAFC vs LA Galaxy Betting Lines
LAFC vs LA Galaxy Prediction
If there’s something you can expect from these two, it’s goals. The home side averages 1.9 goals while the visitors average 1.4 goals. Chicharito and Vela are having great seasons. Last but not least, the total went over in seven of their last 10 meetings. Go ahead and include the over in your soccer picks. After that, all you’ve to do is enjoy the game. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it.
Score Prediction: Los Angeles FC 3, Los Angeles Galaxy 2