The 2022 MLS Cup matchup is set as Los Angeles FC and Philadelphia Union square off, with both teams looking to win their first championship. This match takes place at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Both teams were the No. 1 seeds in their respective conference, giving them a bye to the Conference Semis.
LAFC beat rival LA Galaxy 3-2, with Cristian Arango scoring the game-winner in stoppage time. They then cruised to a 3-0 victory over Austin FC to punch their ticket to the championship match.
Philadelphia Union beat FC Cincinnati 1-0 in a close matchup. They then dominated New York City FC 3-1 for a chance to compete for the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.
Which team will be crowned champions for the first time? Let’s take a look at the current odds and best bets to make for this matchup.
MLS Cup Betting Odds 2022
- LAFC (-140) | Draw (+300) | Philadelphia Union (+300)
- Spread: LAFC -1 (+200) | Draw (+280) | Philadelphia Union +1 (+105)
- Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 (-186) | Under 2.5 (+150)
2022 MLS Cup winner odds are current as of Monday, Oct. 31, listed at FanDuel Sportsbook.
It’s no surprise that LAFC is the favorite in this match, as they were the best team in the MLS. Though both clubs had the same points heading into the postseason with 67, LAFC led the league with 21 wins.
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MLS Cup Prediction
In Steve Cherundolo‘s first year as head coach of LAFC, he has a chance of being the first team since 2017 to complete the Supporters’ Shield-MLS Cup double. The midseason additions of Denis Bouanga, Giorgio Chiellini, and Gareth Bale have helped push LAFC over the edge to be the top team in MLS.
Arango and Carlos Vela lead LAFC in scoring, with 16 and 12 goals a piece, with Vela leading the club with 11 assists.
Known for sporting a strong defensive unit, Philadelphia Union also have one of the best offenses in the league. They lead MLS in goals (72), goals against (26), and goal differential (46). The club also leads the league in clean sheets (15), save percentage (79.4%), and interceptions (385).
Dániel Gazdag leads the team with 22 goals and is second with 10 assists. In net, Andre Blake has been a brick wall for Philadelphia Union. Blake leads MLS in clean sheets, save percentage, and goals against average (0.76).
The MLS Cup will be a battle throughout, with two of the best teams going at it. This will not be a blowout and will come down to the wire, with LAFC’s experience giving them the edge in this.
MLS Cup Pick: LAFC 3-2 Philadelphia Union
MLS Cup Best Bets
LAFC -1 (+200)
WAGER: 2 Units
If you’re looking to take LAFC to win but want great value, taking them to cover the spread is the bet for you. LAFC are favorites to win this match, so they’ll need to win by just one goal for this to hit.
After conceding two separate leads in El Tráfico, one being late in the match, LAFC didn’t give up and scored with their backs against the wall. They then went out and beat the No. 2 team in the Western Conference by three goals.
Though Philadelphia Union has a strong defense, LAFC will find the holes and win their first MLS Cup.
MLS Cup Props
Both Teams to Score in 2nd Half: Yes (+176)
WAGER: 1 Unit
The one time these two teams met ended in a 2-2 draw, in which three of the four goals were scored in the second half. Both teams will hang tough in the first half, as they’ll be adjusting to each others’ game.
Most of the scoring will happen in the second half, as halftime adjustments will appear. Both teams will fight until the final whistle, so take them to each score in the second half.