Los Angeles FC looks to become the second MLS club to win the CONCACAF Champions League and qualify for the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup while Club Leon looks to restore Liga MX dominance in the tournament. Here are LAFC vs. Leon odds, props, and predictions for Sunday’s second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Final.
Leon is in the driver’s seat after playing to a 2-1 victory in Mexico on Wednesday. The home side took the lead in the eighth minute and looked dominant throughout the first leg, so much so that experts are saying the Mexican side should have left with a larger margin of victory, but a late LAFC goal has set up a dramatic return match in Los Angeles.
LAFC must win by a margin of two goals or more while a draw is good enough for Leon to be crowned champion. Any one-goal win by Los Angeles would send the match to extra time and, if a winner still needs to be decided, a penalty shootout.
Betting Odds for LAFC vs. Leon: CONCACAF Champions League Final Second Leg Moneyline & Total
Here are the betting lines from top US sportsbooks for this first leg of the 2023 CONCACAF Champions League final between LAFC and Club Leon.
These odds reflect the prices for both sides on the three-way line, where a bet on either team is a loss in the event of a draw. Caesars Sportsbook has the best price on the home favorite with LAFC at -135, while DraftKings offers the best value on Leon at +425 odds. If you like the draw, PointsBet is your destination at +325.
The odds are likely to change as we get closer to kickoff, and it’s always advised to weigh the options at various sports betting apps to find the best sportsbook bonuses and prices. Most major online sportsbooks may also offer live betting for this nationally televised encounter.
SOCCER · Sun (6/4) @ 9:00 pm ET
|BMO Stadium, Los Angeles, CA|
LAFC Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
Los Angeles FC is one win away from capturing its first international cup and a ticket to the Club World Cup. Led by Mexican star Carlos Vela, LAFC was stopped in its tracks in the 2020 final and redemption is finally within their grasp.
The Black and Gold are in this tournament after winning the MLS Cup last November. Former Real Madrid star Gareth Bale scored in extra time to send the team to penalties.
The Welshman has since retired but, along with Vela, LAFC fielded one of the strongest lineups by a US side with European veterans (Denis Bouanga and Giorgio Chiellini) and US men’s national team players (Aaron Long and Kellyn Acosta).
Former US men’s national team defender Steve Cherundulo, who spent his entire professional playing career with German side Hannover 96, has been coached to get LAFC over the hump. Playing near Downtown Los Angeles, next to the LA Memorial Coliseum in Exposition Park, the club is backed by one of the loudest fanbases in MLS with the 3252 supporters end.
First Leg XI (4-3-3): John McCarthy; Ryan Hollingshead, Denil Maldonado, Aaron Long, Diego Palacios; Timothy Tillman, Ilie Sánchez, Jose Cifuentes; Kwadwo Opoku, Carlos Vela, Denis Bouanga
Give goalkeeper John McCarthy plenty of credit for LAFC’s minimal margin of defeat with five saves in the first leg. Following Canadian international Maxime Crepeau’s injury in the MLS Cup Final, McCarthy has been stellar for the Black and Gold and has been a big part of this title run.
Denis Bouanga had been contained for most of the match in Mexico but the leading scorer in this edition wouldn’t be denied. The Frenchman, who represents Gabon internationally, scored in the 90+6 minute to increase his tally to seven goals in CCL matches.
Bouanga will be the man to watch in the descent of Vela, now 34 years old. Vela can still be dangerous in singular moments and he may need to depending on how close this encounter turns out.
FC Barcelona product Ilie Sanchez has been a key piece in midfield since his intra-league move from Sporting Kansas City. With all these elements, LAFC was built to win trophies and not finishing as champions will be labeled a disastrous heartbreak.
Doubtful: Giorgio Chiellini (lower extremity), Jesus Murillo (lower extremity)
Out: Maxime Crepeau (left leg), Tony Leone (right leg)
Leon Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
Eight-time Liga MX champion Leon is also searching for its first international crown. A Mexican power throughout the 1900s, the Lions returned to glory in the 2010s after gaining promotion back to the first division.
Now they’re back racking up trophies, winning three league titles since 2013 and competing in this CONCACAF Champions League by reaching the final of the Apertura 2021 season. La Fiera fell short of winning the 1993 edition, then known as the CONCACAF Champions Cup, but now they stand 90 minutes away from representing Mexico on the international stage.
Leon is led by one of the rising coaching stars in Mexico in 38-year-old Nicolás Larcamón, who is in his first season with the club. After overachieving at fellow Liga MX club Puebla, the Argentine manager took this more talented Leon side to sixth in the regular season and featured one of the best defenses in the league with the fewest goals allowed.
While LAFC will be the home team, there will be some notable green in the crowd at BMO Stadium. There is a passionate Leon following among the Mexican population in the United States and a final of this stature will be worth the ticket and travel.
FanDuel has Bounga and Vela as favorites to score at -120 and -115, respectively, and are listed at +340 and +350 respectively to score first. Opoku, who started with those two last matches, is +600 if he gets the opening goal.
First Leg XI (3-4-2-1): Rodolfo Cota; Jaine Barreiro, Adonis Frías, William Tesillo; Iván Moreno, Fidel Ambríz, Lucas Romero, Yairo Moreno; Ángel Mena, Víctor Dávila; Alfonso Alvarado
Leon had the best defense in Mexico during the Clausura 2023 season with 13 goals. Goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota was a key part of that and knows what it takes to win CCL after starting in goal for C.D. Guadalajara in the 2018 edition and forming part of several Pachuca teams that also ended as champions.
With Ecuadorian Ángel Mena in midfield, Leon can dictate control of the game like they did in the first leg. It was in part because of Mena’s substitution out of the game that LAFC was afforded a chance back into the series.
Chilean international Victor Davila is the team’s leading scorer this season with five in league play and three in this CCL campaign. Lucas Di Yorio, Brian Rubio, and former Arsenal man Joel Campbell are other forwards that could be just as dangerous with one opportunity.
Defender William Tesillo scored the opening goal in the first leg off a corner kick and is priced at +4300 (FanDuel) if he were to repeat that feat in the second match. Angel Mena, who scored off a penalty, is priced at +320 to score but should also be thought of as potentially notching an assist.
Out: Iván Rodríguez (right knee menisci)
LAFC vs. Leon Props
Below is a sampling of props for LAFC and Leon.
Anytime Goalscorer (FanDuel):
- Denis Bouanga: -120
- Carlos Vela: -115
- Kwadwo Opoku: +190
- Lucas Di Yorio: +230
- Victor Davila: +270
- Angel Mena: +320
- Tim Tillman: +340
- Brian Rubio: +340
- Alfonso Alvarado: +340
- Jose Cifuentes: +390
- Joel Campbell: +470
- Aaron Long: +500
- Kellyn Acosta: +550
- Elias Hernandez: +550
- Giorgio Chiellini: +800
- Ilie Sanchez: +850
- William Tesillo: +1500
Correct Score (BetMGM):
- LAFC 1-0: +750
- LAFC 2-0: +825
- LAFC 2-1: +725
- LAFC 3-0: +1250
- Leon 1-0: +1300
- Leon 2-0: +2200
- Leon 2-1: +1250
- Leon 3-0: +4500
- 0-0: +1150
- 1-1: +675
- 2-2: +1250
- 3-3: +3500
Total Goal Props (Caesars):
- Over 0.5 goals -2500, Under 0.5 goals: +1000
- Over 1.5 goals -450, Under 1.5 goals: +310
- Over 2.5 goals +145, Under 2.5 goals: -115
- Over 3.5 goals +165, Under 3.5 goals: -210
- Over 4.5 goals +360, Under 4.5 goals: -550
LAFC vs. Leon Second Leg Prediction
Will LAFC crown themselves champions of CONCACAF? Can Leon salvage its season with a title that has eluded the club’s history?
The odds say it’s LAFC’s time and they certainly have the men for it. Leon, however, should not be overlooked has plenty of experienced players that know how to win trophies and a manager that could be due for his first.
Whatever happens, it’s tough to imagine a scenario where LAFC doesn’t at least get on the scoreboard. Bouanga has been on fire and is the obvious pick if you’re going with the hot player at the right time.
Remember, Leon only needs to avoid a defeat while a one-goal LAFC win sends the match to extra time. A win on PKs by either side would be considered a draw.
Here are a few bets that are worth considering:
LAFC vs. Leon Broadcast Info: Where to Watch
- Date/Time: Sunday, June 4, 9:00 p.m. ET
- Location: BMO Stadium
Watch this match at one of the following:
- FS1 (English)
- UniMas, TUDN (Spanish)