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Leon vs LAFC Prediction, Odds, Lineups – CONCACAF Champions League Final Leg 1

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in Soccer News

Updated May 31, 2023 · 7:19 AM PDT

LAFC forward Denis Bouanga (99) celebrates
May 2, 2023; Los Angeles, CA, USA; LAFC forward Denis Bouanga (99) celebrates with midfielder Jose Cifuentes (20) and forward Stipe Biuk (7) after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Union in the second half at BMO Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
  • Leon and LAFC clash in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Final on Wednesday
  • The Mexican side is a -105 favorite
  • Keep reading for the Leon vs LAFC odds, preview, and prediction

And then there were two. The CONCACAF Champions League Final is officially here, with one representative from Liga MX and another from the MLS. Club Leon will welcome LAFC to the Estadio Leon Wednesday for the first leg, with kick-off scheduled for 10 PM ET. Will LAFC take the advantage in leg 1 and be on their way to becoming the second MLS team to win CCL? See our Leon vs LAFC prediction here.

Leon finds themselves at this stage after beating rivals Tigres 4-3 on aggregate earlier this month. Los Angeles meanwhile, comfortably took care of the Philadelphia Union, 4-1 across two legs.

Leon vs LAFC Odds

Matchup Moneyline
Leon -105
LAFC +280
Draw +270

Leon is the favorite for the opening leg with -105 moneyline odds. That gives them a 51.22% chance of coming out victorious. LA comes back at +280. A draw is priced at +270. This is the third meeting between the two sides, with the Black and Gold actually eliminating Leon at the CCL Round of 16 stages in 2020.

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How to Watch Leon vs LAFC

Tonight’s CONCACAF Champions League Final match can be seen on FS1 and fuboTV.

Leon vs LAFC Preview

The hosts are set to play in their first-ever CCL final and certainly showed guts in order to get here. After losing 2-1 in the first leg to Tigres on the road, they returned home and put on a clinic, securing a 3-1 victory and just edging out their rivals on aggregate.

There is no shortage of firepower in the final third for Leon, with eight different players finding the back of the net in the competition. Victor Davila leads the way with three goals, while Angel Mena, Brian Rubio, and Elias Hernandez all have two apiece as well.

However, Leon could come into this fixture a tad rusty. The side was bounced from the Liga MX playoffs on May 7th and hasn’t played since. That could be a factor.

LAFC is off to a fine start in the MLS, currently sitting tied for first with Seattle in the Western Conference with three games in hand. As for the CCL, the Black and Gold have looked rather dominant, scoring 14 times and conceding only three.

Steve Cherundolo’s men had their way with Philly in the semis as Denis Bouanga, Kwadwo Opoku, and Timothy Tillman all netted. The Union got a card in the 59th minute and after that, Los Angeles added two more to their lead. Bouanga is the star of the show in the final third in the tournament, bagging six. Carlos Vela also has three goals.

Leon vs LAFC CCL Stats

13 Goals 14
11 Yellow Cards 6
88% Pass Accuracy 85%
84 Shots 84

Leon vs LAFC Projected Lineups & Injuries

Here are tonight’s projected Leon vs LAFC lineups.

Leon Projected Starting XI: Cota; Castillo, Barreiro, Frias, Tesillo; Mena, Ambriz, Romero, Hernandez; Campbell, Davila

Injuries: Ramirez, Rodriguez

LAFC Projected Starting XI: McCarthy; Hollingshead, Duenas, Maldonado, Palacios; Opoku, Sanchez, Cifuentes; Torres, Vela, Bouanga

Injuries: Long, Murillo, Acosta, Chiellini, Leone, Crepeau

Leon just has a couple of injury concerns with David Ramirez and Jose Rodriguez. LA, however, is set to be without numerous players. Aaron Long and Jesus Murillo are questionable to feature. The same can be said for Kellyn Acosta and Giorgio Chiellini. Tony Leone and Maxime Crepeau are long-term absentees, too.

Leon vs LAFC Prediction

I do think LAFC has the advantage due to Leon’s lack of game time over the last few weeks. The visitors should pull this one out on the road at a big price in the Leon vs LAFC odds.

Leon vs LAFC Picks: LAFC +280

While tonight’s CCL Final is going down, so too is MLS league play for Week 16. See our MLS picks from the 12-game card here.

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