LAFC vs LA Galaxy prediction and betting tips (October 20)
LAFC continue to move forward in this year’s playoffs. They face their city rival, LA Galaxy, in the semi-finals on Thursday. Will the Black and Gold reach the Conference finals this year?
Javier Hernandez has 18 goals and two assists for the Galaxy in 32 games this season
Javier Hernandez has 18 goals and two assists for the Galaxy in 32 games this season
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

LAFC and LA Galaxy clash in the semi-final of the Western Conference.

The match is scheduled to start at 10:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, 20 October 2022. The time by GMT is 2:00 a.m. on Friday, October 21. The match venue is Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, California.

Latest odds on betting sites

LAFC to win odds are priced at 1.71 (-140 American; 5/7 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 3.80 (+280; 14/5), while LA Galaxy to win odds are priced at 4.50 (+350; 7/2).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: LAFC — 55%, draw — 25%, LA Galaxy — 20%.

Latest betting odds on LAFC vs LA Galaxy (20 October 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 1.53 (-188; 25/47)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 2.40 (+140; 7/5)
  • Asian handicap (-0.5, -1.0) on LAFC — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
  • Asian handicap (+0.5, +1.0) on LA Galaxy — 1.95 (-105; 20/21)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.53 (-188; 25/47)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 2.36 (+136; 34/25)

Match preview and statistics

LAFC have two wins, two losses and a draw in their last five matches. The Black and Gold went back to their normal state this season, making the playoffs. They finished with the best record in the league amassing 67 points and a +28 goal difference.

Their loss in their last game ended the nine-game unbeaten run at home in the league. Before that, Los Angeles had won two straight games. A 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers. Carlos Vela opened the scoring in the second half, and Denis Bouanga scored the winner in the added minutes.

In the 3-1 win against Houston, Carlos Vela scored two goals from the penalty spot, and Ryan Hollingshead scored a goal. They missed the playoffs last year and should be able to do better in this round.

The Black and Golds have not been that good at home in the playoffs. Two losses in the previous three games at home and a 5-3 win in the 2019 playoffs turned out to be the joint-highest goals scored in the playoffs.

LAFC team news: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi is ruled out.

LA Galaxy finished fourth in the Western Conference standings and eighth overall in the MLS with 50 points and a +7 goal difference. They won 14 games, drew eight and lost 12. Greg Vanney’s team has four wins and a draw in their previous five matches.

They beat Nashville 1-nil in the previous game. Julian Araujo scored the winning goal with the header from close range into the net. Assisted by Samuel Grandsir with a cross. In the previous two matches, they beat Houston 3-1.

Riqui Puig levelled the score, Javier Hernandez doubled the lead, and Dejan Joveljic scored their third goal to seal the comeback. The Galaxy have a good home record in the playoffs (27 wins in 31 matches) but a poor away record. Since the 2012 Conference final which they beat San Jose 3-1, they’ve not won any away fixture in the playoffs.

LA Galaxy team news: Jonathan Perez and Jorge Villafana are sidelined due to injuries.

LAFC vs LA Galaxy H2H

In the previous five meetings, LAFC have one win, LA Galaxy have two wins with two draws. The Black and Gold won 3-2 in the previous meeting.

Lineups and key players

LAFC projected starting lineup:

  • Maxime Crepeau
  • Ryan Hollingshead
  • Eddie Segura
  • Jesus Murillo
  • Diego Palacios
  • Jose Cifuentes
  • Ilie Sanchez
  • Kellyn Acosta
  • Carlos Vela
  • Julian Arango
  • Denis Bouanga

Carlos Vela is the key player to watch out for. So far this year, he has 21 goal contributions for LAFC, with 12 goals and nine assists. The attacker has four goals in the last four matches. Vela should get goal involvement in this knockout game.

LA Galaxy projected starting lineup:

  • Jonathan Bond
  • Julian Araujo
  • Sega Coulibaly
  • Martin Caceres
  • Raheem Edwards
  • Marco Delgado
  • Gaston Brugman
  • Riqui Puig
  • Kevin Cabral
  • Javier Hernandez
  • Samuel Grandsir

Javier Hernandez is the key player to watch out for. He has 18 goals and two assists for the Galaxy in 32 games this season. Hernandez is currently in good form, which puts him among the favourites to score in the game.

Prediction and betting tips

LA Galaxy have not lost in five matches. In this period, they have four wins and a draw. LAFC, on the other hand, have two wins in their last five matches. They are the highest-scoring team in the Western Conference with 66 goals scored.

Both teams have not drawn any of their previous three meetings. The predictions for this match are LA Galaxy to win or draw, and over 2.5 goals. Both teams have totalled at least three goals in the last three h2h games. Even though the Black and Gold have the home advantage, the Galaxy are good form as well. LAFC have beaten them only once in the last three meetings.

Betting prediction: Double chance – X/2

Odds: 2.10 (+110 American; 11/10 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Over 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.53 (-188 American; 25/47 Fractional)

FootballUSA MLS. Conference Semis
LAFC — LA Galaxy
Double chance – X/2
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