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MLS Preview: Charlotte vs. Los Angeles FC Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Aug 26)

By · Updated 9 months ago
  • Los Angeles FC is the defending champion of the MLS.
  • LAFC’s striker Denis Bouanga has been on a great run lately.
  • Charlotte FC is the worst home team in the Eastern Conference.

Less than 72 hours after beating the Colorado Rapids at home, the reigning champions of the Major League Soccer (MLS) are traveling all the way to North Carolina to take on Charlotte. These two have only met once before – and LAFC won 5-0 – but maybe this time, “The Crown” will get its revenge?


How to Watch

  • When: Saturday, August 26, 2023, at 7:30 p.m ET
  • Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • How to Watch: Apple TV

Odds

Game ResultOdds
Charlotte
Draw
Los Angeles FC

Game Preview

Los Angeles FC is an excellent team, the main evidence being that this is the team that won the MLS Cup last year. Sure, some of the key men from the title-winning season are no longer in the club, but LAFC does have some amazing players on the roster, most notably, forward Denis Bouanga who’s this team’s scoring leader. He didn’t score in the 4-0 destruction of the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday, but he did record two assists.

Bouanga’s colleagues from the attacking department have also been great this season, which explains why LAFC is one of the highest-scoring teams in the league. But it’s this team’s defense that’s been truly exceptional in 2023, making LAFC incredibly hard to score against.

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This is what needs to worry Charlotte a lot as its offense has been somewhat anemic since the start of the summer. The thing is that in their last five MLS games, they scored only five goals. They did do better offensively in the Leagues Cup, but unfortunately for them, they ran into Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami in the quarterfinal stage.


Charlotte vs. LAFC Prediction

Charlotte just isn’t a good team, and the fact that Saturday’s game is played in North Carolina shouldn’t matter much. After all, with a 3-5-3 record at Bank of America Stadium, this team has the worst home record in its conference.

Free Pick:

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