Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United FC Prediction, 11/8/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United FC
Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020
Location: MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Columbus (+117) Atlanta (+232)
Jon Gallagher and Atlanta United (6-4-12, 11th in the Eastern Conference) are headed to MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday where they'll take on the Columbus Crew (11-5-6, 4th in the Eastern Conference). The goaltenders protecting the net will be Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew and Brad Guzan for Atlanta United. The 5 Stripes are priced at +232 while the Crew are at +117. The total opens at 3.
The Crew as a team have totaled 32 goals on the year, which ranks 10th in MLS. They have tried 233 shots at the goal with 84 of them being on target, which is a 36.1% SOT percentage. Columbus has controlled possession of the ball for 52.5% of the time while they have success at dribbling 67.3% of the time (1st in the league). Their players have caught 8,629 passes on 9,940 tries for the season, making their receiving percentage 86.8%.
Lucas Zelarayan is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Columbus. Zelarayan has had a starting assignment in 114 games so far in his career and he accounts for 0.29 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder who is from Argentina has recorded 33 goals in 10,114 minutes played. He has 23 assists while accumulating 6 yellow card warnings so far in his career. One more guy who should impact this match is Pedro Santos, the forward who is from Portugal. Santos has 14,657 minutes in 168 career starting assignments and has been handed 50 yellow card warnings. He has helped a teammate on a goal 36 times in his career while scoring 41 total goals. He sports an average of 0.25 goals per 90 mins so far in his professional career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Columbus Crew will be Eloy Room. Room (76-51-66 record during his career) has tallied 43 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 22.5% shutout percentage. The keeper from the Netherlands has had 926 shots sent his way in 191 career starting assignments. His GA/90 is 1.37 (265 goals conceded) and he holds a save percentage of .726. Room has defended the goal for 17,391 minutes and has 665 stops so far in his pro soccer career.
The 5 Stripes have been able to dribble successfully 60.5% of the time so far this year while collecting 22 goals. They hold a receiving percentage of 89.3% and they control possession of the ball 54.8% of the time. Atlanta has accumulated 11,286 targets for the season (2nd in MLS) and they have 10,075 successful received passes. They have connected on 37.7% of their shots on target on 199 shots.
Jon Gallagher should provide a spark for Atlanta United FC. The midfielder who hails from Ireland has earned 5,194 minutes while scoring 12 goals. He has accumulated 3 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 6 times. He is averaging 0.21 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 56 contests so far in his career. You should also watch out for Jeff Larentowicz, the defender who is from the United States. He has scored 42 goals so far in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 17 different times. Larentowicz has been handed a total of 69 yellow card warnings in 35,574 professional minutes played (397 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average in his pro soccer career is 0.11.
Brad Guzan will look after the net for the 5 Stripes. In his career, Guzan has conceded 503 goals while tallying 1,116 saves in 348 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.44 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 116-81-152. He has a save percentage of .694 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 26.7%. Guzan has totaled 93 shutouts while he has seen 1,609 shots attempted against him in 31,408 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Atlanta (+232)
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