Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United FC MLS Tips 9/14/2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the site where Josef Martinez and Atlanta United (15-3-10, 3rd in the Eastern Conference) will take on the Columbus Crew (8-7-15, 11th in the Eastern Conference) on Saturday. The expected starting goalies are Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew and Brad Guzan for Atlanta United. The line on this contest has the Columbus Crew priced at +747 and the 5 Stripes are at -262. The total is set at 3.
The Columbus Crew head into this matchup holding a record of 8 wins, 7 draws, and 15 losses which puts them at 11th in the Eastern Conference. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 32 goals which is 11th in the conference and 22nd in the league. Their goal differential is -11, which puts them at 20th in the league. The Columbus Crew will want to make it a priority to get the ball to teammates as they have earned a total of 25 assists which is 19th in the league and 9th in the conference. When discussing shots on target, they have earned a total of 108 which is 11th in the conference and 23rd in the league. As a unit, Columbus has racked up a total of 360 fouls which means they have an average of 12 fouls per game. They have earned a total of 31 points for the season and they have an average attendance of 14,513.
Gyasi Zardes is one of the players to keep an eye on for the Crew. The forward from the United States has participated in 24 contests in 2019 and has played a total of 2,122 minutes. In that time, the 27-year-old has connected on 11 goals and has assisted on 2 goals. So far this season he is averaging 88 mins per game. Zardes has started 24 contests in 2019 and has racked up 20 fouls over the course of that period. In discussing shots on target, Zardes has connected on 22 which places him at 32nd in the league and 6th in the East among forwards. Pedro Santos is another player to keep an eye on for the team from Columbus. The 30-year-old from Portugal has connected on 10 goals so far this season which has him sitting in 2nd in the Eastern Conference among midfielders and 18th among all qualified players in Major League Soccer. He has totaled 2,406 minutes and averages 83 mins per appearance. In 2019, he has a total of 20 shots on target which has him sitting in 14th in the Eastern Conference among midfielders.
In net for the Crew is Eloy Room from the Netherlands. He is 29 years old and has been on the field a total of 720 minutes in net for the year. Room is surrendering an average of 1.37 goals per 90 mins which puts him at 11th in the East and 17th among goaltenders in MLS. During this season, he's surrendered 11 goals. He has a save percentage of .667 which puts him at 9th in the East.
Atlanta United FC will be the team across the field and for the current year they have 15 victories, 3 draws, and 10 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are currently sitting 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the league with +14. They have earned a total of 44 goals for this year which has them ranked at 4th in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta has a save % as a team of .697 which has them ranked 8th in the league, which tells us scoring chances may be limited. They have an average attendance of 52,611 which puts them at 1st in the Eastern Conference.
One of the scorers to watch for the 5 Stripes is Josef Martinez. The 25 year-old has fired 23 balls past the goalkeeper. He is 15th among forwards in the East in assists with 2 and has totaled 44 shots on target for the season. He has played a total of 2,232 mins and is averaging 89 minutes per game. Another solid player on this squad is Julian Gressel. The midfielder from Germany has scored 4 goals for the year which places him at 17th in the East among midfielders. He also has racked up 33 fouls.
In goal for the 5 Stripes is Brad Guzan who is having a good campaign by allowing only 1.18 goals per 90 mins and that places him 16th in the East and 30th in MLS. In the 2,520 minutes he has been on the field this season, he's allowed 33 goals. He's earned a save % of .697 which places him at 6th in the East and 14th in MLS.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Atlanta (-262)
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