Los Angeles Wildcats vs. New York Guardians XFL Odds, Pick & Prediction: No Issues Without McGloin


Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images. Pictured: Martez Carter #28

  • The Los Angeles Wildcats are an 8-point favorite over the New York Guardians in the latest XFL odds on Saturday afternoon (2 p.m. ET), with the total set at 38.5.
  • The Guardians will be without quarterback Matt McGloin, but that might be addition by subtraction.
  • Our staff gives their XFL picks for Guardians vs. Wildcats.

Wildcats at Guardians Odds

  • Spread: Wildcats -8
  • Total: 39
  • Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET on Saturday
  • TV: ABC

Odds as of Friday afternoon and via FanDuel. Get up to a $500 risk-free bet at FanDuel today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.

Our staff previews Saturday’s game, complete with their projected spread and a pick.

Wildcats vs. Guardians Injury Report

The Wildcats are not currently the paragon of health. No. 1 wide receiver Nelson Spruce (knee) is out and Week 3 breakout running back Martez Carter (hip) is doubtful. You know what probably doesn’t help your hip? Doing needless backflips after scoring short touchdowns in a blowout win. Just something to consider.

Last week, the Wildcats were without starting cornerbacks Jaylen Dunlap (ankle) and Harlan Miller (thigh). Dunlap is probable to play after practicing fully on Thursday, but Miller has been limited this week. He is technically questionable, but I doubt he’ll play after leaving Week 1 early, playing just 13 snaps in Week 2 and missing Week 3 entirely.

On top of that, slot corner Mike Stevens (thigh) missed practice on Thursday and seems to be on the wrong side of his questionable designation.

Starting defensive end Latarius Brady (knee) exited Week 3 early and has practiced on only a limited basis this week. He is truly questionable.

As for the Guardians, they are amazingly healthy. Everyone except for one player on their Week 4 injury report is listed as probable.

Of course, that one player is starting quarterback Matt McGloin (thorax), who is out.

McGloin’s absence might ultimately be a case of addition by subtraction, but at a minimum, it’s easy to see that the Guardians have an unsettled quarterback situation. Matthew Freedman

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Key Mismatch

Wildcats Pass Defense vs. Guardians Pass Offense

New York has suffered from just awful quarterback play to this point. The situation is so dire that all three quarterbacks — starter Matt McGloin, backup Marquise Williams and third-stringer Luis Perez — appeared in Week 3.

McGloin is out, so Williams and Perez could form a quarterback tandem similar to the one we saw in Tampa Bay with Taylor Cornelius and Quinton Flowers in Weeks 2-3.

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