LAFC will try to rebound from a rare MLS loss when it hosts the rival Los Angeles Galaxy on Friday night in “El Trafico” at Banc of California Stadium. The Los Angeles derby has become one of the most notable rivalries in MLS, and LAFC (11-3-4) comes in rested and boasting the best record in the league. Still, LAFC lost 1-0 to the Whitecaps in Vancouver last Saturday and is just two points ahead of second-place Austin FC in the Western Conference. The Galaxy (8-3-6), on the other hand, won in a 4-0 rout of Montreal FC at home Monday and have been on a scoring tear. They are fourth in the West and have had mostly success against their rivals. The teams last met in the U.S. Open Cup in May, and the Galaxy came out with a 3-1 victory.
Kickoff in Los Angeles is set for 10 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists LAFC as the -114 favorite (risk $114 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest LAFC vs. LA Galaxy odds. The Galaxy are a +290 underdog, a regulation draw is priced at +280 and the over-under for total goals scored is 3.5. Before you lock in any LA Galaxy vs. LAFC picks or 2022 MLS predictions, you have to see what proven soccer insider Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been stunningly accurate. Green has generated more than $37,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he is 6-4 on his MLS picks this season. He has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has broken down the LAFC vs. LA Galaxy matchup from every angle and just revealed his picks and MLS predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for LA Galaxy vs. LAFC:
- LAFC vs. LA Galaxy spread: LAFC -0.5 (-120)
- LAFC vs. LA Galaxy Over/Under: 3.5 goals
- LAFC vs. LA Galaxy money line: LAFC -114, Galaxy +290, Draw +280
- LAFC: Carlos Vela is fourth in MLS in goal-creating actions (11)
- LA: Dejan Joveljic leads the league in goals per shot (0.42)
- LAFC vs. LA Galaxy picks: See picks here.
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Why you should back LAFC
The Black and Gold have been scoring at a high rate, tying for the league lead in goals with Austin FC (35), and it has added another prominent scorer. Welsh superstar Gareth Bale could make his debut Friday night, though paperwork has been slow to complete his transfer. Even so, LAFC star Carlos Vela should return after missing Saturday’s match. The team captain leads LAFC with seven goals, while Cristian Arango has six and six others have at least two.
LAFC has conceded 19 goals in its 18 matches and faces a Galaxy squad that has scored just 24 in its 17 games. Just eight of those 24 goals have come in road matches. LAFC has scored 23 and yielded just 10 in going 7-2-1 at home this season. The Black and Gold also will have nearly a full week of rest while stewing on the loss, while its rival played Monday. LAFC leads MLS in shots with 273, averaging 5.5 on target per game, compared to 4.4 for the Galaxy.
Why you should back the LA Galaxy
Los Angeles has not lost to its young rival in the past five meetings (3-2-0) and has lost three times in 15 all-time matches (7-5-3) in all competitions. The Galaxy devastated the Black and Gold in the U.S. Open Cup match. They held the ball for just 45 percent of the game but outshot LAFC 17-10, with a huge 9-1 advantage in attempts on target. Javier Hernandez and Dejan Joveljic have been dominant up front for the Galaxy in recent weeks, and both got on the score sheet in that game.
Both also scored in the 4-0 win against Montreal this week, and midfielder Rayan Raveloson scored twice. Hernandez, better known as Chicharito, leads the team with seven league goals while Joveljic has scored six. The Galaxy have scored 11 goals in their past four matches. Los Angeles also has conceded 19 goals, in one fewer game than LAFC, and it has allowed the fourth-fewest shots (180) and attempts on target (61) in MLS. Goalkeeper Jonathan Bond has posted six clean sheets.
How to make LAFC vs. LA Galaxy picks
Green has scrutinized the LA Galaxy vs. LAFC match from every angle, and he is leaning over on the goal total. He also provides three confident best bets, including one that would pay plus money, and has a full breakdown of the match. He’s only sharing those MLS picks at SportsLine.
So, who wins the LA Galaxy vs. LAFC match Friday night? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the LAFC vs. LA Galaxy match, all from the soccer expert who has generated more than $37,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.