We couldn’t have asked for a more compelling MLS Cup matchup. Representing the Eastern Conference, we have the Columbus Crew, also known as the top scoring team in the league. As for the Western Conference, we have Los Angeles FC, also known as the reigning champions. That’s why we’re going beyond – way beyond – picking a straight-up winner.
Both Teams to Score in the Match?
Yes, both teams will score. As we already mentioned, the Columbus Crew finished the MLS regular season with a league-high 67 goals. Camilo Hernandez led the way with 20 goals, and he already scored four in the playoffs.
As for Los Angeles FC, the Boys in Gold scored 54 goals. The league’s top scorer also plays for them. We’re talking about Denis Bouanga, who finished the regular season with 24 goals, and has also scored four goals during the playoffs.
In other words, you can expect a back-and-forth battle at Lower.com Field. Here’s another reason for it: The Crew scored two or more goals in four of their last five games at home. On the other hand, LAFC scored in four of its last five games on the road.
One last thing. Both teams scored in three of the last four editions of the MLS Cup. So, there you go, bet on that betting online trend to continue Saturday.
Halftime – Fulltime
The Columbus Crew defeated FC Cincinnati 3-2 in the Eastern Conference final. The Black and Gold had to overcome a two-goal deficit. That’s right, they lost the first half 2-0. Luckily for them, the substitutes were ready to roll and changed the course of the match in the second half.
As for the visitors, LAFC is used to hitting halftime with the advantage. The Boys in Gold defeated the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference final 2-0 after winning each half 1-0. Prior to that, they defeated the Seattle Sounders 1-0. Bouanga scored the winner in the first half.
Again, we expect a back-and-forth battle, which is why you should take draw-draw for halftime-fulltime winner. The best part is that draw-draw is offering a great price in the sportsbook.
Last season, the championship game between Los Angeles FC and the Philadelphia Union finished 3-3. On Saturday, it’s going to be 2-2. That’s right, the total, which is set at 2½ goals, will go over.
Why? Because we’re talking about two extremely talented attacking units. Regardless of the result, the Columbus Crew scored at least two goals in each of their last five games. On the other hand, the Boys in Gold average 1.8 goals per game during the playoffs.
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Finally, you should also keep in mind that the Crew leads the following categories: goals, assists and goals inside 18. As for LAFC, the Boys in Gold lead key passes.
Columbus Crew vs Los Angeles FC Match Information
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 9
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
- Location: Lower.com Field, Columbus, Ohio
- Columbus Crew vs Los Angeles FC Live Stream: Fubo.tv
Well, you already have two great options in Hernandez and Bouanga. According to the latest MLS odds, the two of them are also favorites to win MVP. However, like Forrest Gump would say, you should always have a backup plan.
Regarding the Columbus Crew, forget about Lucas Zelarayan, who was recently transferred to the Saudi Pro League. Christian Ramirez is the way to go. Ramirez scored eight goals during the regular season and scored the winner in the Eastern Conference final.
As for Los Angeles FC, Carlos Vela is the way to go. The Mexican, who’s the team’s captain, scored nine goals during the regular season. He hasn’t scored in the playoffs but we’re talking about the Grand Finale, the best scenario to end the drought.
Questions Of The Day
Who are the favorites to win, and are there any underdogs to watch?
The Columbus Crew are favorites to win the MLS Cup.
What are the current betting odds for the MLS Cup?
The Columbus Crew is -150 in the outrights to win the MLS Cup, while Los Angeles FC is +110.