Local bragging rights are up for grabs at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday as LA Galaxy take on Los Angeles FC in El Trafico.
The Black and Gold are yet to beat their local rivals in three attempts, but are well ahead in the race for the Supporters’ Shield after winning 14 and losing just two of their opening 20 league fixtures.
Indeed, they are 4/5 (1.80) favourites with 888Sport to finally get the better of their neighbours by coming out on top in Carson.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s men have won one and lost none of the three previous derbies, but are 23/10 (3.30) outsiders to emerge victorious once again.
The last two meetings between the sides have both resulted in draws, and there are odds of 3/1 (4.00) available on this one also finishing up all square.
Chris Pontius and Sebastian Lletget will both face late fitness tests, while Romain Alessandrini is a long term absentee as he recovers from knee surgery.
Alejandro Guido is doubtful due to a quad strain, with Danilo Silva out with a hamstring strain and Javier Perez out for the season due to an ACL tear.
Despite their inferior head-to-head record, the Black and Gold are undoubtedly worthy of the favourites tag considering their sensational form this season.
Currently 11 points clear of Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference and 10 ahead of Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union in the Supporters’ Shield race, they have also racked up an incredible +36 goal difference – a tally that exceeds all but two MLS teams’ total goal returns.
In contrast, the Galaxy have lost seven of their last 11 MLS fixtures, including four of their most recent five in front of their own fans.
All in all, those 4/5 (1.80) odds seem well worth backing on LAFC adding a first derby win to their already excellent season.