Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 18/05/2023

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*These betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.

Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy Betting Tips

Thursday’s MLS brawls pit Columbus Crew versus LA Galaxy. We anticipate 90 minutes of intense action at Lower.com Field so you better pay close attention to our Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy predictions.

The rest of our free MLS predictions are located on our website.

Over 3.5 Goals

Any true fan of MLS soccer will tune in on Thursday to watch the long-awaited Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy brawl. There are some notoriously known rivalries in the league that are hard to stomach but not this one. Our Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy predictions are based on the traditions and spirit of this clash. Just look at the last two matches – a 3-1 Columbus Crew win at Lower.com Field and a devastating 4-0 victory for LA Galaxy on the 8th of July, 2018.

A lot of time has passed since those showdowns but the two teams have changed for the better. The Crew have the 2nd-best attacking record in the Eastern Conference with 19 goals scored in 10 matches while the visitors’ backline has more holes than Swiss cheese.

Columbus Crew to Win

LA Galaxy’s fans will remember fondly the good old days when their favorite team used to thrash the Crew whenever an opportunity presents itself. Today, things are a lot different and you’ll find that our Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy predictions are your best bet this week.

First of all, Columbus Crew’s home record versus LA Galaxy is astonishing. With three victories on the spin and two draws at Lower.com Field, coach Wilfried Nancy’s side is undeniably the favorite to win the match on the 18th of May as well.

Furthermore, their momentum suggests another victory in the bag as Columbus Crew have the 2nd-best attacking tally in the Eastern Conference.

Exclusive Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy Head-to-Head Record & Betting Odds

These fantastic Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy odds are courtesy of BetMGM – our recommended bookie for this MLS brawl.

Head to Head

09/05/19

USA MLS USA

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Columbus Crew

LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy

3

1

08/07/18

USA MLS USA

LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy

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Columbus Crew

4

0

24/08/17

USA MLS USA

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Columbus Crew

LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy

2

0

04/09/16

USA MLS USA

LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy

us

Columbus Crew

2

1

14/06/15

USA MLS USA

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Columbus Crew

LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy

1

1

Last Five - LA Galaxy

18/05/24

USA MLS USA

Charlotte FC

Charlotte FC

LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy

0

0

D

16/05/24

USA MLS USA

Minnesota United FC

Minnesota United FC

LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy

2

2

D

12/05/24

USA MLS USA

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake

LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy

2

2

D

05/05/24

USA MLS USA

Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders

LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy

0

0

D

27/04/24

USA MLS USA

Austin FC

Austin FC

LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy

2

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Columbus Crew odds: -138 – 57.0%

Draw odds: +305 – 23.0%

LA Galaxy odds: +355 – 20.0%

Is Columbus Crew’s 57.0% win probability going to be enough to prove the bookies right about the Crew being the expected winners? According to our soccer experts, yes, LA Galaxy will get nothing out of Thursday’s showdown. After all, the team barely has a 20.0% likelihood of success at +355.

Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy Lineups & Team News

Columbus Crew

We mentioned this in our Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy predictions earlier but we can’t stress enough how important it is for our betting tips – the Crew’s attacking line is simply marvelous. With 19 goals scored in 10 MLS games, coach Wilfried Nancy’s boys are averaging 1.9 goals per game, and seeing as LA Galaxy’s backline is quite fragile these days, we believe we are right on the money with our top predictions.

Predicted lineup – Schulte (GK), Vallecilla, Degenek, Moreira, Yeboah, Nagbe, Morris, Farsi, Matan, Zelarayan & Hernandez

LA Galaxy

Even with team captain Chicharito, LA Galaxy remain a subpar team these days. The club is at the bottom half of the table and it would take one hell of a run from coach Greg Vanney’s boys for the team to escape the dreadful position.

Predicted lineup – Klinsmann (GK), Aude, Caceres, Neal, Calegari, Puig, Delgado, Brugman, Boyd, Joveljic & Chicharito

Starting Lineups

Columbus Crew

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4-4-2
28
Patrick Schulte
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12
Gustavo Vallecilla
ec
2
Philip Quinton
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31
Steven Moreira
fr
18
Malte Amundsen
dk
20
Alexandru Matan
ro
6
Darlington Nagbe
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8
Aidan Morris
us
10
Lucas Zelarrayan
am
17
Christian Ramirez
us
9
Cucho Hernandez
co
Substitutes
19
Jacen Russell-Rowe
ca
23
Mohamed Ramzdine Farsi
ca
94
Jimmy Medranda
co
16
Isaiah Parente
us
33
Jake Morris
us
25
Sean Zawadzki
us
24
Evan Bush
us
27
Maximilian Arfsten
us
22
Keegan Hughes
us

LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy
4-4-2
1
Jonathan Bond
gb
2
Calegari
br
15
Eriq Zavaleta
sv
24
Jalen Neal
us
3
Julian Aude
ar
7
Efrain Alvarez
mx
16
Oriol Rosell
es
37
Daniel Aguirre
us
44
Raheem Edwards
ca
9
Dejan Joveljic
rs
6
Riqui Puig
es
Substitutes
33
Jonathan Klinsmann
us
22
Martin Caceres
uy
20
Memo Rodriguez
us
11
Tyler Boyd
us
8
Marky Delgado
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5
Gaston Brugman
uy
18
Kelvin Leerdam
sr
14
Chicharito
mx
30
Gino Vivi
cr

*Starting lineups are usually announced 1hr before the kick-off

Player to Watch: Chicharito

After the dark days of early 2023 MLS when LA Galaxy had to deal with the pressure to succeed without team captain Chicharito, now, coach Greg Vanney finally has the former Manchester United superstar back at his disposal. Javier Hernandez’s injury is long gone and we already got to see some of his signature finishing skills this season. With one goal and one assist in the 2023 campaign, Chicharito has a slow start but that’s understandable.

After all, he was one of the most frequent scorers last season. Averaging 0.53 goals per game, Chicharito bagged 18 goals in 34 official games and was rightfully in the fight for the top goalscorer’s award race up to the very end.

Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy Predictions & Questions

Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy Prediction

  • What’s the venue? – The match will be held at com Field.
  • Where can I watch Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy? – Apple TV will broadcast Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy on the 18th of May.
  • What do the bookies say? – According to FanDuel, the Crew have the three points ripe for the plucking.

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