LA Galaxy vs. LAFC: Where to Watch, Channel, Live Stream, Team News and Latest Odds

A weekend of MLS action kicks off on Friday when Los Angeles Galaxy and Los Angeles FC meet in the league's newest derby.

El Trafico's first three instalments last season saw the Galaxy stay unbeaten, courtesy of one win and two draws, but that run could come to an end on Friday.

Top of the table in the Western Conference, LAFC is also the runaway leaders in the race for the Supporters' Shield, which it currently leads by 10 points.

The Western Conference leaders have won four of their last five games and boast the league's best attacking and best defensive records, with 53 goals scored and just 17 conceded in 20 games so far.

The Galaxy, meanwhile, are third in the Western Conference. However they have already lost eight of their 20 matches, with just a solitary draw.

Carlos Vela has played a major role in LAFC's scoring spree, netting 19 goals in his first 19 appearances. The Mexican has scored six more than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has 13 in 16 appearances.

By himself, the Swede accounts for almost half of his team's total goals and insisted he wasn't bothered by being outshone by Vela.

"If the team goes good, you do good as individuals, but I'm not focusing on [the Golden Boot chase]," he told reporters on Wednesday. "As long as I can help my team in the best way, I will try to score the goals to help the team.

"That's part of my responsibilities, part of my job. I'm trying, but a race against him? That is not important."

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Friday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Los Angeles Galaxy
Zlatan Ibrahimovic #9 of Los Angeles Galaxy during the Los Angeles Galaxy's MLS match against San Jose Earthquakes at the Dignity Health Sports Park on July 12 in Carson, California. San Jose won the match 3-1. Shaun Clark/Getty

When and where is the game?

The Galaxy take on LAFC at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET) on Friday, July 19.

TV channel

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN in English and on ESPN Deportes in Spanish.

Live stream

A live stream will be available on WatchESPN and via ESPN's digital platforms. It will also be streamed live on FuboTV and SlingTV.

Match odds

According to Oddschecker, LAFC is a 69/100 favorite (-144 in moneyline terms), while the draw is at 18/5 and the Galaxy are at 19/5.

Team news

The Galaxy will be without the injured Romain Alessandrini, while midfielders Chris Pontius, Sebastian Lletget and Perry Kitchen remain in doubt. Javier Perez is out for LAFC after rupturing his ACL, while Danilo Silva and Alejandro Guido are both doubts because of hamstring injuries.

Recent form

The Galaxy are looking to bounce back after losing to 3-1 at home to the San Jose Earthquakes last Friday, which left them third in the Western Conference standings, a point behind the Seattle Sounders.

Their local rivals are 11 points further ahead of the Sounders after beating Houston Dynamo 3-1 at home to make it three wins in three games.

LAFC currently leads the race for Supporters' Shield by 10 points over Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union.

Series record

The Galaxy are yet to lose to their local rivals, winning 4-3 in March last year, before drawing 2-2 in July and 1-1 the following month.