Los Angeles FC v LA Galaxy Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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Gary A. Vasquez
The local rivals shared a seven-goal thriller in their previous derby clash, and Al Hain-Cole is expecting more entertainment in Thursday's El Trafico

The Banc of California Stadium will host its first ever MLS derby on Thursday, as Los Angeles FC play host to LA Galaxy in 'El Trafico.'

Los Galacticos came from 3-0 down to secure a dramatic 4-3 win in the previous encounter with their newly-formed neighbours back in March, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring twice on his debut.

Latest Odds

Having lost just one of their last 10 MLS fixtures, they are available at 29/10 (3.90) to retain bragging rights with another victory here.

However, Bob Bradley's team is undefeated in nine league matches on home turf, and can be backed at 4/5 (1.80) to exact revenge by coming out on top over their more established rivals.

Adama Diomande, Los Angeles FC, MLS

Alternatively, there are odds of 3/1 (4.00) on offer on the sides sharing the spoils with a stalemate.

Team News

Quillan Roberts remains out with a right fibular fracture, while Eduard Atuesta is also doubtful due to an ankle sprain for LAFC.

Rolf Feltscher and Sebastian Lletget are both doubts for Sigi Schmid's side as they recover from shoulder and ankle injuries respectively.

Goals galore

It is hard to imagine a more memorable introduction to MLS' newest rivalry than March's 4-3 blockbuster at the Stubhub Center.

LAFC LA Galaxy graphic

Although it would be too much to ask for an exact repeat, more goals seem guaranteed when the neighbours go head-to-head for the second time.

While Ibrahimovic stole the headlines that day and continues to fire, LAFC's own frontline that includes Carlos Vela and Adama Diomande has actually scored at least five goals more than any other team in the Western Conference.

However, a fragile backline has also seen Bradley's team concede 16 times in their last nine matches, with seven of those games producing at least four goals in total.

Predictions

Considering each of Galaxy's last five games have also produced over 3.5 goals, even odds (2.00) are well worth backing on another exciting derby clash seeing at least four once again.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Over 3.5 goals for a 2pt stake at Evens (2.00) at bet365

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