Columbus Crew vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC MLS Picks & Predictions 9/21/2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
BC Place Stadium
Gyasi Zardes and the Columbus Crew (9-7-15, 11th in the Eastern Conference) go to BC Place Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC (7-9-15, 12th in the Western Conference). The goalies expected to start are Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew and Maxime Crépeau for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Whitecaps are priced at +150 while the Crew are at +155. The total opens at 3.
The Columbus Crew come into this matchup holding a record of 9 victories, 7 draws, and 15 losses which is good for 11th in the Eastern Conference. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 34 goals which has them ranked at 11th in the East and 22nd in the league. Their goal differential is -9, which is good for 19th in the league. The Columbus Crew will look to share the ball with their teammates to get the opposition out of place as they currently have a total of 25 assists, which has them ranked at 21st in the league and 10th in the East. In connection with shots on target, they currently have a total of 112 which has them ranked at 11th in the East and 23rd in the league. As a team, Columbus has collected a total of 371 fouls which means they have an average of 11.97 fouls per game. They currently have a total of 34 points for 2019 and they have an average crowd of 14,513.
Gyasi Zardes is one of the best players to watch for the Crew. The forward from the United States has taken part in 25 games for the year and has played 2,211 minutes. During that time, the 27-year-old has netted 12 goals and has had an assist on 2 goals. He currently holds an average of 88 mins per appearance. Zardes has been a starter in 25 games for the year and has racked up 23 fouls over that period. When it comes to shots on target, Zardes has earned 23 which has him sitting in 31st in MLS and 6th in the East among forwards. Pedro Santos is another scorer to keep an eye on for the squad from Columbus. The 30-year-old from Portugal has racked up 10 goals for the year which ranks him 3rd in the East among midfielders and 20th among all players in MLS. He has totaled 2,496 mins and averages 83 mins per game. For this year, he has totaled 20 shots on target which ranks him 14th in the East among midfielders.
The man looking after the goal for the Crew is Eloy Room from the Netherlands. He is 29 years old and has been on the field a total of 810 mins protecting the goal this season. Room is allowing 1.33 goals per 90 mins which has him ranking 9th in the Eastern Conference and 13th among goalies in Major League Soccer. For the year, he has allowed 12 goals. He has a save % of .676 which has him ranking 9th in the Eastern Conference.
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the campaign they have 7 victories, 9 draws, and 15 defeats. When discussing goal differential, they sit 12th in the Western Conference and 23rd in MLS with -22. They currently have a total of 32 goals for the 2019 season which ranks them 12th in the Western Conference. Vancouver has a team save % of .722 which is good for 4th in MLS, which tells us chances to score may be scarce. They have an average attendance of 19,779 which puts them at 5th in the Western Conference.
One of the players to remember for the Whitecaps is Yordy Reyna. The 25 year-old has driven 7 balls past the man in net. He ranks 40th among forwards in the Western Conference in assists with 1 and has a total of 27 shots on target so far in 2019. He has totaled 1,870 minutes and averages 81 minutes per appearance. Another dangerous player on this squad is Fredy Montero. The forward from Colombia has connected on 7 goals so far this year which ranks him 15th in the West among forwards. He also has racked up 33 fouls.
In net for the Whitecaps is Maxime Crépeau
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Columbus (+155)
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