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Los Angeles FC hosts the New York Red Bulls on Sunday in a key cross-conference battle in MLS. Los Angeles (9-3-3) will try to maintain its position at the top of the Western Conference, while New York (7-5-4) could move to the top of the East, at least temporarily, with a win. It is one point behind Eastern Conference leader NYCFC, which faces Philadelphia later on Sunday. The Red Bulls routed NYCFC in a Hudson River derby in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, advancing to the semifinals with a 3-0 victory. Their last league match was a 2-0 victory against Toronto last Saturday, and LAFC played to a 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders that same day. Both teams are 2-2-2 in their past six league matches.

Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET at L.A.'s Banc of California Stadium. Los Angeles is the -112 favorite (risk $112 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in the latest Red Bulls vs. LAFC odds from Caesars Sportsbook. New York is the +300 underdog, a regulation draw is +265 and the over-under for total goals is set at 2.5. Before locking in any LAFC vs. New York Red Bulls picks, you need to see what SportsLine soccer insider Martin Green has to say.

After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been stunningly accurate. Green has generated more than $37,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.

Now, Green has broken down LAFC vs. New York Red Bulls from every angle and just revealed his MLS picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for LAFC vs. New York Red Bulls.

  • Red Bulls vs. LAFC spread: Los Angeles -0.5 (-120)
  • Red Bulls vs. LAFC over-under: 2.5 goals
  • Red Bulls vs. LAFC money line: New York +300, LAFC -112, Draw +265
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  • NY: Lewis Morgan has three goals over his past five matches.
  • LAFC: Carlos Vela has a franchise-best 63 league goals in five seasons.

Why you should back LAFC

Los Angeles has scored 30 goals in its 15 matches, and Carlos Vela continues to be the focus, but the team has numerous other options. Vela leads the team with six goals and is one of 13 players who have scored at least once. Cristian Arango and defender Ryan Hollingshead both have four goals, with Arango getting the lone tally last weekend against Seattle. LAFC should have no trouble controlling the ball against the Red Bulls, who yielded 59 percent possession to Toronto last week and have the fourth-worst possession in MLS at 44.3 percent.

Former USMNT defender Steve Cherundulo's squad averages 55 percent possession in its matches, sixth-best in the league, and it leads MLS in shots. It has 238 total attempts and puts almost 36 percent of those on target. The Red Bulls allow just over one goal per game (17 in 16 matches), but they have yielded 11 goals over their past eight. LAFC has scored in all but one game this season and has scored at least twice in 10 of its 15 games, including six of its eight at home.

Why you should back New York Red Bulls

New York also has the ability to get on the scoreboard often, and Scottish striker Lewis Morgan scored his seventh goal of the season in last Saturday's victory. He and forward Luquinhas could cause a lot of trouble for an LAFC back line that has conceded at least twice in four of its past six league games. The Red Bulls have scored at least twice in seven of their 16 games, and they have been a much better team away from home. Five of their seven victories have come in road games, and they have a plus-6 away goal differential.

Luquinhas also scored in the win against Toronto, and he and Morgan both had goals in New York's U.S. Open Cup victory on Wednesday. Omir Fernandez also tallied against NYCFC, and he has two goals and three assists. 

How to make LAFC vs. New York Red Bulls picks

Green has scrutinized the LAFC vs. Red Bulls match from every angle, and he is leaning over on the goal total. He also provides two confident best bets and has a full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing those picks here.

So, who wins the New York Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles FC match Sunday? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for LAFC vs. New York Red Bulls, all from the European soccer expert who has generated more than $37,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons.