LAFC rightful favourites on home turf
Los Angeles FC take on New York Red Bulls on Sunday evening in a cross-conference clash.
The hosts sit top of the West and have been consistently very strong in the league format ahead in the play-offs in recent years.
Where the Red Bulls are second in the East and will be confident in their own ability when they arrive in California to take on the table-toppers.
The hosts will be buoyed by the news that they are set to land Gareth Bale on a free transfer, definitely bolstering their bid to kick on and win MLS Cup in 2022.
The hosts are better in both boxes and are rightful favourites for that reason.
LAFC have scored 30 goals from 27.8 expected goals (xG) for in their 15 MLS outings to this point, creating chances equating to 1.85 xGF per game on average, very healthy compared to the rest of the field.
Defensive process speaking, they are also the stronger of the two sides, both have conceded the same amount, LAFC in one game fewer, but they are allowing 1.07 xGA per game compared to the Red Bulls conceding chances at 1.15 xGA per game on average.
The visitors have been less inspiring going forward, but can still handle themselves very well and have nothing to fear heading into this one as outsiders.
This one has been chosen for the Sunday evening slot for a reason and it should be a good advert for the league.
Overs is tempting with the talent that is on show, but both sides have been a little more reserved of late, making an outright angle more appealing in this encounter.
LAFC have scored in nine of ten.
LAFC have conceded in seven of ten.
LAFC have seen both teams score in six of ten.
LAFC have seen over 2.5 goals in five of ten.
Red Bulls have scored in eight of ten.
Red Bulls have conceded in seven of ten.
Red Bulls have seen both teams score in five of ten.
Red Bulls have seen over 2.5 goals in five of ten.
LAFC will be relentless in their push in the Western Conference and are the better team in both boxes, with home advantage on their side there is some value in their outright price just below evens.