MLS Betting Preview: Who Will Reign Supreme in El Trafico?

Aug 24, 2018 12:06 PM EDT

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Los Angeles Galaxy forward Ola Kamara (11) and midfielder Romain Alessandrini (7) celebrate after a goal in the second half against the LAFC

  • The third installment of El Tráfico is set for Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET with the favorites LA Galaxy (+153) hosting LAFC (+166) at the Stubhub Center in Carson, CA.
  • LA Galaxy have come back from multiple goal deficits in both meetings this season, winning 4-3 at home and drawing 2-2 at LAFC.
  • For Friday night's matchup, the Galaxy opened as slight betting favorites but the odds have shifted toward LAFC.

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.



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