Columbus Crew vs Minnesota United FC Prediction, 9/23/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Crew vs Minnesota United FC
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Location: MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Columbus (-106) Minnesota (+301)
MAPFRE Stadium is the venue where Jan Gregus and Minnesota United (5-3-4, 4th in the Western Conference) will play the Columbus Crew (8-3-1, 1st in the Eastern Conference) on Wednesday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew and Dayne St. Clair for Minnesota United. The Loons are priced at +301 while the Crew are at -106. The O/U is set at 2.75.
The Crew have scored 20 goals for the season, which ranks 9th in MLS. They have launched 131 shots with 50 of them being on target, which is a 38.2% SOT percentage. Columbus controls possession for 53.3% of the time while they dribble successfully 75.1% of the time (1st in MLS). Their players have received 5,155 passes from teammates on 5,871 targets so far this year, which has earned them a receiving percentage of 87.8%.
Gyasi Zardes is a player who should impact this matchup for the Crew. He has accounted for 21 assists while accumulating 12 yellow card warnings so far in his MLS career. Zardes has started 189 contests so far in his career and he scores 0.40 goals per 90 mins. The forward from the United States has accumulated 76 goals (17th among active players) in 17,067 mins played. One more guy who should impact this match is Fanendo Adi, the forward who was born in Nigeria. He has helped on a goal 10 times so far in his MLS career while scoring 63 total goals. Adi has accumulated 12,072 mins in 134 career starts and has been given a total of 18 yellow card warnings. He averages 0.47 goals per 90 mins so far in his pro soccer career (29th among active MLS players).
The guy defending the goal for Columbus is Eloy Room. Room (74-49-63 record during his soccer career) has earned 43 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 23.4% shutout rate. The keeper from Curacao has seen 896 shots attempted against him in 184 starts. His GA/90 is 1.36 (254 total goals allowed) and his save percentage is .721. Room has seen the pitch for a total of 16,781 minutes and has accumulated 646 stops so far in his MLS career.
The Loons have successfully dribbled 60.4% of the time for the season while tallying 21 goals. They have earned a receiving percentage of 85.6% while they control possession of the ball 47% of the time. Minnesota has accumulated 5,102 targets for the campaign (16th in the league) with 4,369 completed passes. The have hit on 35.7% of their shots on target out of 154 shots.
Jan Gregus will need to provide a spark for Minnesota. He currently averages 0.09 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 100 games so far in his pro soccer career. The midfielder who is from Slovakia has totaled 16,055 professional minutes while he has scored 16 goals (137th among active players). He has accumulated 36 yellow cards thus far in his career and has assisted on a goal 26 times. You should also keep an eye on Kei Kamara, the forward from Sierra Leone. Kamara has been given a total of 46 yellow cards in 28,829 minutes (316 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his career is 0.42 (40th among active MLS players). He has 134 goals during his career while assisting on a goal 43 different times.
Dayne St. Clair will be looking after the goal for the Loons. Thus far in his career, St. Clair has given up 6 goals while he has accumulated 14 stops in 4 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.50 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 2-1-1. He has a save percentage of .700 and his shutout rate sits at 25.0%. St. Clair has accumulated 1 shutout while he has defended 20 shots attempted against him in 360 career mins.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota (+301)
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