The "MLS is back" tournament is in full swing and a derby day in Los Angeles is one of the highlights since the restart.
🔑 Key Info
- 🗓 19 July 2020
- 🏟 ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
- ⌚️ 05:30 kickoff (EAT)
☄️ Major players
🇲🇽 Carlos Vela
Ex-Arsenal & Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela finished the 2019 season as the MLS Most Valuable Player, beating then-Los Angeles rival Zlatan Ibrahimović and Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez comfortably to the coveted award. Vela bagged 34 goals & 15 assists in the MLS last season and with 72 Mexico caps under his belt, the 31-year-old LAFC forward has genuine pedigree and star quality.
🇦🇷 Cristian Pavón
LA Galaxy's talented Argentinian playmaker joined the club last season from Boca Juniors and made an immediate impact. He's become the key creative influence for the Galaxy and if he can strike up a partnership with new man Javier "Chicharito" Hernández, they could be in business. Hernández, a two-time Premier League winner with Man United in 2011 & 2013, will hope to strike up a rivalry with his compatriot Vela as the two veteran strikers stand on different sides of the Los Angeles divide. 52 goals in 109 Mexico caps tells you all you need to know about his prowess in front of goal.
💵 Betting intel
The seventh instalment of ‘El Tráfico’ promises goals galore. Five of the six LA Derby clashes that have preceded it have produced over 3.5 total goals. LAFC currently has the mental edge after a 5-3 victory in last year’s playoffs, which marked the first-ever meeting to see one side win both halves. LAFC has only lost one of their last 11 games.