MLS Columbus Crew MLS Cup Final 2023

MLS CUP FINAL | Best Bets for Columbus Crew vs LAFC

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We have three selections for this weekend’s big soccer game in the MLS

The 2023 MLS season concludes this weekend, as two teams clash at the Lower.com Field in the MLS Cup Final.

LAFC reach the trophy game for the second straight season in hope of becoming back-to-back champions, while the Columbus Crew will be aiming to win their third MLS Cup.

Our soccer expert has scoured through the markets, picking out three selections for the big game in Ohio.

Here are the best bets for the 2023 MLS Cup Final.

BACKING THE BLACK AND GOLD

While many are hoping the attacking exploits of the Columbus Crew help them win the MLS Cup, they could come unstuck against a franchise that has tasted success in its short time of existence.

It is no hidden fact that LAFC have not been as good as they were last season. But they set a high bar in the previous campaign, and they have still performed well to get to the MLS Cup Final for the second straight season.

They have overcome the likes of the Seattle Sounders and the Houston Dynamo to get here, and their strength across the roster should be enough to help them get the job done here.

Realistically they should not be underdogs in this matchup, but they are the road team in a tough game. Even though Columbus have been phenomenal at home, they are yet to beat LA after three attempts.

Take LAFC to lift the trophy – just as a cover in case it goes to extra time and even penalties.

TIP: LAFC to Lift the Trophy (+134, FanDuel)

DOUBLING DOWN ON DENIS

The powerhouse of LA’s attack, Denis Bouanga has been untouchable at times in the MLS this season.

The Gabonese international finished as top scorer in the regular season, scoring on 20 occassions, before finding the net four times in as many games in the playoffs.

Columbus relies on outscoring the opposition rather putting their backs against the wall – which has shown in recent performances as they have only managed to keep two clean sheets since mid-September.

If he’s at his best, Bouanga should find the net in this matchup.

TIP: Denis Bouanga Anytime Goalscorer (+165, FanDuel)

GOALS GALORE

If there’s one thing this game will guarantee, it’s goals.

Both sides love to play free-flowing attacking soccer, and while LAFC do have veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini at the back, they could be prone to a few goals from the Crew.

Columbus have the in-form Cucho Hernandez disrupting defenses for fun, while LA have Denis Bouanga (as mentioned above) and MLS star Carlos Vela in attack.

Last year’s MLS final kicked up four goals in regular time, and that could well happen again here.

TIP: Over 3.5 Goals (+230, FanDuel)

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