A couple changes for LAFC: Tristan Blackmon is back in the XI. Jose Cifuentes is back in as well, presumably as a False 9 again, with Carlos Vela out entirely for this game.
The Galaxy go with pretty much who you’d expect based on what they’ve done this season.
It’s the first meeting for these teams this season and they are on similar starts to the season, with LAFC unbeaten, albeit coming off by their standards a disappointing 1-1 draw last weekend against the Houston Dynamo, while the Galaxy won their first two games but lost the last one, getting routed 3-0 against the Seattle Sounders. Both teams enter this game from an off week and have no doubt looked within and worked hard in training to get better.
Of course, form doesn’t always mean what it should in rivalry matches, so we’ll see what it looks like when the teams hit the field. The headlining info coming in is that Carlos Vela is questionable, so I think at best he’ll come off the bench and there’s a good chance his quad injury will keep him out of the game altogether. With a week under his belt, hopefully Diego Rossi has shaken off the rust and will be back to his killer best. Otherwise, Bryce Duke is out for health and safety protocols for LAFC. The Galaxy will be close to full strength, with Sebastian Lletget back from his suspension and likely back in the XI, and new playmaker Victor Vazquez is questionable, so that could change the Galaxy’s complexion if he can’t go.
It’s El Trafico, what can you say? Should be a cracker and hopefully it lives up to the hype, in the right direction.
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday evening, LAFC are (+100), the Galaxy are (+240) and a draw is (+275), so LAFC are slight favorites again this week, although they aren’t really going too hard on them anyway, so it’s all kind of a toss-up.
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between LAFC and the Galaxy will be televised nationally on Fox and Fox Deportes, which you can watch via FuboTV. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 5 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 5:05.
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