The new Los Angeles soccer rivalry dubbed “El Tráfico” has already provided plenty of entertainment this year and Friday night should be no different.
While bragging rights are always on the line, the fight to make the playoffs is far more critical at this junction of the season for both the Los Angeles Galaxy and Los Angeles Football Club.
After analyzing the matchup and betting market, I’ve picked out a value play to bet on.
Season Record: 48-49-3, +31.80 units, 33% ROI
Los Angeles FC at Los Angeles Galaxy (10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)
LAFC odds: +166
LA Galaxy odds: +153
Draw odds: +288
Over/Under: 3.5 (o-109)
The Galaxy have really struggled to find points lately and are winless in their last four matches. After a decent start to the year, they’re now in serious danger of missing the playoffs in the Western Conference, especially since every club behind them in the standings has games in hand.
With 37 points, they’re tied for fifth-place with Portland, Seattle and Vancouver breathing down their neck.
The task at hand won’t be easy for the Galaxy, as they have to find a way to get it going tonight without the likes of Romain Alessandrini (knee), Giovani dos Santos (leg) and Michael Ciani (hamstring).
LAFC also suffered a lengthy winless streak but have pitched back-to-back clean sheets to move into third place in the West with 42 points.