December 7, 2023 3 min read

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Columbus Crew vs. LAFC 2023 MLS Cup Odds, Time, and Prediction

The 2023 MLS Cup Final is on the program on Saturday, December 9, at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio

The 2023 MLS Cup odds favor the home team, even though the Crew were kind of lucky to get all the way to the final. That’s where they’ll be playing against the winners of last season’s trophy, LAFC.

Not only are these guys in top form, but they also have a 100% record against Columbus. Does this mean our prediction is that the MLS title is going to stay in their possession? Keep reading to find out the answer.

Columbus Crew vs. LAFC Odds

MoneylineOdds
Columbus Crew +120
Draw+240
LAFC+220
MoneylineOdds
Over 2.5-111
Under 2.5-105

*Odds taken from bet365 on Wednesday, December 6.

When, Where, and How to Watch?

  • Place: Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio
  • Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023
  • Time: 4:00 AM ET
  • How to Watch: FOX/fubo

Columbus Crew Ready for War

After finishing the regular season in the No. 3 position in the East, Columbus went on to knock out Atlanta United out of the playoffs after three games.

Then, in the conference semifinal, they beat Orlando City 2-0 after extra time. It was 0-0 in the regular 90 minutes, with the team from Florida playing with 10 men after one of their players got sent off.

The Eastern Conference Final too saw two extra times. Columbus drew 2-2 with FC Cincinnati in regulation and then went on to score the winner in the 115th minute.

What’s interesting about that game is that the Crew were 2-0 down until the 75th minute when one of Cincy’s players scored an own goal. Then, just four minutes before the end of the 90 minutes of regular play, Diego Rossi scored the equalizer.

Los Angeles FC to Show Why They’re Champions

LAFC won last season’s MLS Cup thanks to a vintage goal scored by legendary Gareth Bale. The Welshman, however, is no longer playing soccer professionally. However, there’s a new star in town.

Denis Bouanga is LAFC’s superstar in 2023. The Gabonese striker is the winner of the MLS Golden Boot for being the top scorer in the regular season. He’s been equally productive since the start of the playoffs, scoring in three of LAFC’s four playoff games.

He didn’t score in the Western Conference Final, but his team was still able to beat Houston Dynamo 2-0. What’s interesting is that it was LAFC’s third straight game in which they kept a clean sheet. Can they make it a fourth?

Columbus Crew vs. LAFC Prediction

Columbus Crew is a team that’s fun to watch. These guys attack with all they’ve got and they’re not afraid of conceding goals. So far, it’s worked for them, but we suspect this strategy might not go well on Saturday. The thing is that they’re playing against a team that’s simply better than them.

With Bouanga in top shape, LAFC are guaranteed to score some goals in the 2023 MLS Cup. And with their defense playing at an elite level, they should be able to repel Columbus’ charges at their goal.

Pick: Los Angeles FC

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Jessie is our resident sports specialist with over 4 years of experience in sports journalism. She's worked with several prominent online sports news outlets in the past and has accrued specialist insight across a wide range of sports markets. Combined with her own love and excitement of sports, having competed at a national level during college, she aims to improve sports coverage value for our readers at GamblingNews.

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