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MLS Picks: July 08

By Achyut Dixit

We are around the halfway mark of the season in Major League Soccer and one of the biggest fixtures of the calendar is set to take place tonight - El Trafico.

The Western Conference leaders, LAFC will host their rivals the LA Galaxy, at the Banc of California Stadium. The two LA teams faced off recently in the U.S Open Cup, where the Galaxy came on top. Since then, LAFC went on a 4 game unbeaten streak before losing to the Whitecaps on the road last weekend. LA Galaxy’s recent form has been more mixed as they have lost two out of their last three, including the loss to Sacramento Republic FC in the Open Cup, but they went on to thrash Montreal 4-0 last weekend.

LAFC’s attacking numbers truly stand out at this point of the season. They have scored 35 goals in their opening 18 games, which is highest in the league. Despite the loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, the feeling should be positive in the LAFC camp as they were only beaten by an 89th minute winner by Andreas Cubas. LAFC were undefeated in five league matches prior to this loss.

The LA Galaxy are likely to field the same team as they did in their win against Montreal. Hernandez, Jovelijic and Raveloson were all on the score sheet that evening. LAFC will be without Erik Duenas (knee issue) and Julian Gaines (pelvis problem) while Ismael Tajouri could make a return from his left quad injury.

The league leaders are in a good place to get a result against their local rivals and with a bumping Banc of California Stadium they should be able to secure all three points.

Pick: LAFC vs LA Galaxy: LAFC to win -114 (BetRivers)

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