Club Leon and Los Angeles FC each have high hopes, but only one will leave with its first CONCACAF Champions League title and automatic qualification to the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup. Here are Leon vs. LAFC odds, props, and predictions for Wednesday’s first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Final.
Following an early exit from the Liga MX postseason, Leon has been inactive from competitive matches for three weeks. They’ll be a tough out fielding a rested squad that includes one of the best defenses in Mexican football this year.
LAFC is back in the final after coming up short of winning the competition in 2020. They defeated Leon in the Round of 16 that year, but three years later, there are different elements to both squads.
Betting Odds for Leon vs. LAFC: CONCACAF Champions League Final First Leg Moneyline & Total
Here are the betting lines from top US sportsbooks for this first leg of the 2023 CONCACAF Champions League final between Club Leon and LAFC.
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 Leon at -106 as of Wednesday morning, while DraftKings offers LAFC at +300 odds and the draw at +285.
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 match.
SOCCER · Wed (5/31) @ 10:00 pm ET
|Estadio Leon, Leon, MX|
Leon Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
Eight-time Liga MX champion Leon qualified for this edition of CCL by reaching the final of the Apertura 2021 season. La Fiera (The Wild Beast) is on the prowl for its first CONCACAF crown after falling short in the 1993 edition of what was then known as the Champions’ Cup.
Leon is led by one of the rising coaching stars in Mexico in 38-year-old Nicolás Larcamón, who was appointed last November. 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.
The Emerald club fell short in the playoffs, upset by Atletico San Luis in the play-in round, and has been without a competitive match for three weeks. Before that, they beat eventual Liga MX champions Tigres in an emotional semifinal series that ended with a 3-1 home win, 4-3 on aggregate.
Leon had the best defense in Mexico during the recently concluded Clausura 2023 season. With 13 goals allowed, no team had fewer.
Goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota was part of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League-winning Guadalajara that turned away one of the most potent MLS attacks in recent memory with Toronto FC’s Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco. He’ll look to do the same five years later, this time accompanied by a South American backline featuring central defenders Jaine Barreiro and Adonis Frías and outside backs Byron Castillo and William Tesillo.
Leon will be influenced in midfield by Ecuadorian Ángel Mena who, despite his age of 35, represented his country at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Mena has been an important player for the club and has produced some memorable goals for club and country, and he’s reliable from the penalty spot.
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 play a role in the scoreline.
Out: Iván Rodríguez (right knee menisci)
LAFC Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
Los Angeles FC has been an ambitious club since its MLS debut in 2018. With Mexican star Carlos Vela as its first marquee signing, the intention to battle for championships was immediately announced.
The Black and Gold finally conquered their main prize, the MLS Cup, in dramatic fashion last year by bringing on the likes of European-proven commodities like Denis Bouanga, Giorgio Chiellini, and Gareth Bale. Bale has since retired, but Bouanga has emerged as another talisman besides Vela.
Former U.S. men’s national team defender Steve Cherundulo, who spent his entire professional playing career with German side Hannover 96, has been the calm but tactical mind that LAFC needed on its sidelines.
Seattle became the first MLS team to win CCL last year, and LAFC looks to keep pace and win it this season, as the club looks to redeem itself from falling short of winning this competition in 2020.
Vela will draw plenty of attention in his home country as a former star of the Mexico men’s national team. Bouanga commands just as much attention as the leading scorer of the competition with six, including a hat-trick and a brace in the previous rounds.
U.S. men’s national team midfielder Kellyn Acosta is expected to be back from injury and has been a key piece in midfield alongside Spaniard Illie Sanchez and Ecuadorian Jose Cifuentes. Another USMNT player, defender Aaron Long, was acquired over the offseason to bolster this squad and help win this CCL.
John McCarthy will be in goal as he has since the MLS Cup final. Starting goalkeeper and Canadian international Maxime Crepeau was injured in the final and has been out since.
Out: Maxime Crepeau (left leg), Tony Leone (right leg), Giorgio Chiellini (lower extremity), Jesus Murillo (yellow card accumulation)
Leon vs. LAFC Props
Below is a sampling of props for Leon and LAFC.
Anytime Goalscorer (FanDuel):
- Lucas Di Yorio: +160
- Carlos Vela: +170
- Denis Bouanga: +180
- Victor Davila: +200
- Angel Mena: +240
- Brian Rubio: +240
- Alfonso Alvarado: +250
- Kwadwo Opoku: +310
- Hector Uribe: +330
- Jesus Angulo: +340
- Joel Campbell: +350
- Yairo Moreno: +400
- Kellyn Acosta: +850
Correct Score (BetMGM):
- Leon 1-0: +725
- Leon 2-0: +950
- Leon 2-1: +775
- Leon 3-0: +1650
- LAFC 1-0: +1000
- LAFC 2-0: +1600
- LAFC 2-1: +1050
- LAFC 3-0: +3300
- 0-0: +950
- 1-1: +575
- 2-2: +1200
- 3-3: +4000
Total Goal Props (Caesars):
- Over 0.5 goals -2000, Under 0.5 goals: +900
- Over 1.5 goals -380, Under 1.5 goals: +275
- Over 2.5 goals +125, Under 2.5 goals: -105
- Over 3.5 goals +190, Under 3.5 goals: -250
- Over 4.5 goals +440, Under 4.5 goals: -675
Leon vs. LAFC First Leg Prediction
Leon is a formidable opponent and should not be overlooked. They also aren’t invincible, and LAFC has the quality to get an away result.
While Leon has been inactive, it also means one of the best coaches in the league has had three weeks to prepare his team for this series. With the home crowd behind them, expect this one to end as a victory for the home team.
Here are a few bets that are worth considering:
Leon vs. LAFC Broadcast Info: Where to Watch
- Date/Time: Wednesday, May 31, 10:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Estadio Leon
Watch this match at one of the following:
- FS1 (English)
- TUDN (Spanish)