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LAFC vs LA Galaxy - 7/26/18 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
LA Galaxy vs LAFC
Date & Time Thursday July 26, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: LAFC -125 / LAFC +290/ Draw +300 -- Over/Under: 2.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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Soccer | LA Galaxy vs LAFC
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Los Angeles FC will be at home at the Banc of California Stadium as the new franchise prepares to host its first Los Angeles derby against the LA Galaxy. There have been many big Los Angeles derbies in sports including the Clippers vs Lakers and the Dodgers vs Angels but this will be a new rivalry in the city. Both teams will be desperate to ensure they win this clash as it is the first time these two teams meet.

The LA Galaxy enter this game with some good form as the team has won its past 3 games. These results have moved the team into 4th spot on the Western Conference and are only 4 points behind LAFC in 2nd. There is good energy going through LA Galaxy and it seems like Swedish superstar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has been leading the charge. The former Manchester United and AC Milan striker has scored in 5 of his last 6 MLS games and he is a real threat for any opposition. This is a big occasion for LA Galaxy and I am expecting the big Swedish striker to step up.

On the other side of the coin, LAFC are coming off a poor few weeks as they lost by 4 goals to Minnesota FC and only got a draw at home against the Portland Timbers. This side has a great start to the season but have been a little inconsistent recently. This is something that needs to be improved and I am expecting it to be a priority for the management. As the home side, LAFC should get massive support for this game and I think that should be a big boost.

Having said all that, I am going to predict that LA Galaxy wins this match. The Galaxy have the big names in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ashley Cole who should step up in this big game and get the win. It should be a close contest but I expect the visitors to leave with all the points. We are getting a great price to wager on LA Galaxy winning so that is the wager which I am going to suggest.  

 

Pick:
LA Galaxy

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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