LA Galaxy vs Los Angeles FCMLS, KO: 03:30 Jul 5, 2023, Rose Bowl
Another instalment of El Trafico holds on Wednesday as LA Galaxy host Local rivals Los Angeles FC in an MLS fixture. It is always an intense encounter between these two and with both teams leaking goals at an alarming rate lately, a high scoring encounter could be on the cards.
Los Angeles Galaxy head into Wednesday’s clash of the back of a 2-2 draw with San Jose Earthquake in their previous MLS fixture. They took the lead twice through Raheem Edwards and Preston Judd but were pegged back both times.
The Draws have been a problem for LA Galaxy in recent times as they have been held in their last four matches across all competitions. The pressure is certainly mounting on manager Greg Vanney with his team currently sitting second from bottom in the Western Conference.
Things are just as rough for LA Galaxy in front of their fans as they were held to a 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas in their previous home fixture. The major problem is a lack of discipline at the back as they often throw away leads and are without a clean sheet in their last seven matches across all competitions.
While their bitter rivals are wallowing near the bottom of the standings, Los Angeles FC are enjoying a fine campaign. They are currently second in the Western Conference, just three points behind leaders St Louis City.
While Los Angeles FC remain well on course for a playoff finish, they appear to have slightly lost their way in recent weeks. Steven Cherundolo’s men have lost their last two matches and head to the Rose Bowl off the back of a 2-0 defeat at Dallas FC.
The result at Dallas highlights a poor record on the road for Los Angeles FC, who have lost three of their last four away matches. Like their hosts, they have also struggled defensively, keeping just two clean sheets in their last 12 matches across all competitions.
How the bookies view it
Los Angeles FC have the upper hand among the bookies and are priced at 11/10 by bet365 to claim the win. LA Galaxy are outsiders at home at 5/2 with bet365 while BetVictor is offering odds of 27/10 for a draw.
Head to head
LA Galaxy have an 8-6 advantage with five draws from 19 previous matches against Los Angeles FC. Both teams have already met twice this season with Los Angeles claiming a 3-2 victory in April while Galaxy triumphed 2-0 in May.
Players to watch
Preston Judd could be worth keeping an eye on for LA Galaxy having shown some good form in recent weeks. The striker has found the net in two of the last three matches and is priced at 13/5 by BetVictor to maintain his scoring run.
Denis Bouanga is the leading scorer for Los Angeles FC with 11 goals and will be the one to watch on Wednesday. Unibet is offering odds of 29/20 on the Gabon striker to score anytime on Wednesday.
Anything else catch the eye?
There have been over 3.5 goals in four of the last five matches between LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC and a repeat is priced at 7/4 by Unibet. Both teams have scored in the first half in two of the last three meetings and a similar outcome is valued at 3/1 by bet365.
Both teams have been level at the break in their last three meetings and Wednesday’s clash can be set to follow a similarly pattern at 13/10 by bet365.
This MLS match between LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC will be played on Jul 5, 2023 and kick off at 03:30. Check below for our tipsters best LA Galaxy vs Los Angeles FC prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.