The 110th Grey Cup is approaching its climax with the two-division finals taking place on Saturday to determine who will play in the Grey Cup final the following weekend. The match we’re focusing on here is the West Division final between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (-210) and the BC Lions (+180) as they compete for a place at the showpiece final. Here we look ahead to the matchup and tell you the best bets to make in our latest CFL betting picks.
- What; 2023 CFL West Division Final
- Who; Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. BC Lions
- Where; Investors Group Field, Winnipeg, Canada
- When; Saturday, November 11th, 2023
- Time; 6.30 pm ET
The winner of this match will play the winners of the Toronto Argonauts and the Montreal Alouettes in the 110th Grey Cup Final at Tim Hortons Field, in Hamilton the following weekend. The Argonauts (-560) are favorites to defeat the Alouettes (+450). The match will take place at Toronto’s BMO Field earlier in the day on Saturday, in what is one of the most exciting days of the year in the Canadian Football League.
Betting to win the 2023 Grey Cup
This leads us nicely onto the betting to win the 2023 Grey Cup. The Toronto Argonauts (+115) are the favorites to win with the best sportsbooks. The Argonauts are the defending champions, having beaten the Winnipeg Blue Bombers by just one point (24-23) in an amazing final at the Mosaic Stadium in 2022.
This brings us nicely onto the second favorites who are the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at +175. The Bombers last won the Grey Cup in 2021, also at Tim Hortons Field, and will be looking to repeat that victory at the same venue this year. Third in the betting is the BC Lions at +350, with the Montreal Alouettes at +900, the outsiders to win the trophy for the first time since 2010.
More Grey Cup winner betting options can be found below on our odds table.
|2023 Grey Cup Winner Betting|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||+175||+175||+175|
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. BC Lions Match Betting
According to the best sportsbooks, this matchup is set to be far closer than the East Division final. The Blue Bombers have the home-field advantage, which is reflected in the betting as Winnipeg are -210 to win on the money line. The BC Lions are +180 to cause an upset with BetOnline.
On the handicap spread, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (-4.5) are also the favorites. BetOnline makes the Bombers -115 to win and cover the 4.5 points, with the BC Lions at -105.
Finally, the total points spread is set at 50. Over and under are both -110. These odds are taken from the best 2023 NFL betting sites, which also cover all the CFL matches. These sites will also offer odds on all the best competitions to bet on in 2023.
|2023 CFL West Division Final Betting|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||-210||-210||-210|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers (-4.50)||-115||-115||-115|
|BC Lions (+4.5)||-105||-105||-105|
Winnipeg vs. BC Lions; Recent Form
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers topped the West Division table in the regular season with a 14-4 record. They come into the final on a four-match winning streak that includes wins over the Argonauts (31-21), the Lions (34-26 O/T), the Elks (45-25), and the Stampeders (36-13).
The win over the Lions was a hard-fought one, with the teams level at 26 points each at the end of regulation time. The Lions did have a ten-point lead at the halfway stage and a seven-point lead heading into the final quarter. So, to lose from such a strong position against Saturday’s opponents will have been a real sickener for Rick Campbell’s team, especially with the Lions having home-field advantage on the day.
Bombers beat Lions in OT to move closer to Western Final spot: The Blue Bombers took down the BC Lions 34-26 on Friday night at BC Place to claim pole position in the West Division and move one win away from clinching a spot in the Western… via @CFL #CFL https://t.co/ofchBfwxhG pic.twitter.com/CqfOHRYl4h
— CFL Headlines (@CFL_Headlines) October 7, 2023
The Lions (12-6) did recover from that defeat to beat the Tiger-Cats 33-30 the following weekend. With qualification for the postseason long confirmed, Campbell’s team eased off in their final regular season match, losing 41-16 to the Stampeders. They then exacted immediate revenge by defeating the Stampeders (41-30) in the West Division semi-final at BC Place to stamp their ticket to this Saturday’s final.
In the regular season, the gap between the two teams in the division wasn’t huge. The Blue Bombers had a win percentage of .778, compared to .667 for the Lions. That sounds big, but it equates to a 14-4 record for Winnipeg and a 12-6 record for the Lions. There were only two wins between the teams, and one of those wins was the head-to-head between the two teams in British Columbia that needed overtime to decide.
In the reverse fixture in Winnipeg at the start of August, it was a completely different story. The Blue Bombers stormed to victory over the Lions by a 36-point margin (50-14).
We don’t expect a repeat of that. But we do expect a win for Winnipeg. The recent overtime win over the Lions will have dented confidence. Winnipeg also has a far superior offensive record, scoring 99 points more than the Lions in the regular season.
The neutrals will want a final between Winnipeg and Montreal, and we feel they will get one. We are going for Winnipeg to win and cover the spread for our betting pick.
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