Fans will enjoy El Trafico’s second edition of the MLS Cup playoffs when LAFC hosts the LA Galaxy at Banc of California Stadium on Thursday.
These two teams have played to some absolutely insane endings in recent memory, quickly becoming one of the most intense rivalries in the league.
LAFC, as the winners of the Supporters’ Shield, earned a bye in the first round and are expected to not only win on Thursday, but also fight for the MLS Cup title. Meanwhile, their opponents clinched the fourth seed for the playoffs in the Western Conference, finishing just three points above the cutoff line in a crowded field in the middle of the table. They outscored Nashville SC in the opening round 1-0 and appear to be a threat on both sides of the ball.
However, all that means nothing when these two teams face off, as chaos often reigns.
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LAFC vs. LA Galaxy live broadcast, TV channel
- Date: Thursday, October 20
- Weather: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
- United States television channels: FS1, Fox Sports
- US Live Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports Site/App
- Canadian TV channel: TSN4
- Canadian Live Stream: TSN app, TSN.ca
USA: Thursday’s MLS Cup Playoffs conference semifinal game between LAFC and LA Galaxy at Banc of California Stadium will be televised across the United States on FS1 and Fox Deportes with both channels available to stream on fuboTV.
Canada: TSN4 will televise the match in Canada.
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LAFC vs. LA Galaxy projected lineups and team news
LAFC is pretty healthy heading into the MLS playoffs, using the bye week to rest and recover. Gareth Bale he was not a regular player during the latter part of the season as the team seemed lost with him on the pitch after his arrival. But he should start on the bench.
The biggest question for LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo is at the back, having rotated center backs. Giorgio Chiellini, Jesus MurilloY sure eddie for most of the second half of the season.
His usual trio of midfielders Kelly Acosta, ilia sanchezY Joseph Cifuentes everything must start with Latif Blessing Y jhegson mendez first off the bench depending on the game situation.
LAFC Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Crepeau (GK) — Palaces, Chiellini, Safe, Hollingshead — Acosta, Sanchez, Cifuentes — Bouanga, Arango, Vela.
— LAFC (@LAFC) October 19, 2022
The Galaxy are also mostly healthy, just missing Jorge Villafanawho has been out all season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
The acquisition of Riqui Puig it’s been a complete homer, and he’s insurance to stay in the starting lineup. His arrival coincides with the end-of-season explosion of chicharito Hernandezwho has 11 goals in his last 13 games.
The 21-year-old Galaxy julian araujo he leads the team in minutes this season and was spectacular in the playoff win over Nashville. Exterior Kevin Cabral he’s seen starts lately, and could be an option if a trade is made, but he’s more likely to see time off the bench.
LA Galaxy Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Bond (GK) — Edwards, Cáceres, Coulibaly, Araujo — Puig, Brugman, Thin — Grandsir, Chicharito, Costa.
Our midfield wizard @RiquiPuig 🔥
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) October 18, 2022
LAFC vs. LAFC Betting Odds, Pick and Prediction LA Galaxy
Odds through Caesars (USA), Sports Interaction (Canada) and SkyBet (UK).
LAFC, as winners of the Supporters’ Shield, are huge favorites at home against their local rivals.
The wild history of this rivalry also plays into the odds, as the line is heavily skewed towards goals, and lots of them. Both teams to score are heavy favourites, while the total is up to 3.5.
Home teams have dominated this series (just one away win in 14 all-time meetings), but the visitors have a chance to wow home fans at Banc of California Stadium. The Galaxy are in great shape, helped by the arrival of Riqui Puig, while LAFC is trending in the other direction: LAFC went 3W-5L-1D to finish the regular season compared to the Galaxy’s 4W-1L-4D in their last few games. nine overall. .
There is a real chance of an upset in this match.
- To choose: LA Galaxy to win (+340 at Caesars)
- Prediction: LAFC 1-3 LA Galaxy
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|LA Galaxy win||+340||4.16|
|-175 / +135||1.48 / 2.30|
|+140 / -170||2.24 / 1.63|
|Los Angeles Galaxy +0.5||+115||2.11|