Columbus Crew vs Minnesota United FC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 7/28/2020
Game: Columbus Crew vs Minnesota United FC
Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Location: ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Columbus (+140) Minnesota (+170)
ESPN Sports Complex is the venue where Jan Gregus and Minnesota United (4-4-0, 3rd in the Western Conference) will take on the Columbus Crew (7-1-0, 1st in the Eastern Conference) on Tuesday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew and Tyler Miller for Minnesota United. The line on this game has the Columbus Crew coming in at +140 and the Loons are at +170. The over/under opens at 2.75.
The Crew have accounted for 9 goals on the year, which is 6th in the league. They have tried 53 shots at their opponents goal with 21 being on target, which calculates to a 39.6% shots on target percentage. Columbus controls possession for 53% of contests while they have success at dribbling 72.5% of the time (1st in the league). Their players have received 2,192 passes from teammates on 2,468 attempts so far this year, making their receiving percentage 88.8%.
Darlington Nagbe is a player who should impact this matchup for the Crew. Nagbe has been a starter in 263 outings in his pro soccer career while he scores 0.12 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder who hails from the United States has tallied 29 goals scored (74th among active MLS players) in 22,683 professional minutes played. He has 29 assists while tallying 7 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career. One more player who should impact this match is Gyasi Zardes, the forward who hails from the United States. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 18 times in his MLS career while scoring 71 total goals. Zardes has accumulated 16,539 minutes in 183 starting assignments and has been handed 11 yellow cards. He averages 0.39 goals per 90 mins so far in his career (49th among active MLS players).
The man protecting the net for Columbus is Eloy Room. Room (71-47-63 mark during his career) has tallied 39 clean sheets, which gives him a 21.8% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper from Curacao has seen 882 shots tried at him in 179 starts. His GA/90 is 1.39 (252 total goals surrendered) and he holds a save % of .719. Room has seen the field for 16,331 mins and has 634 saves in his MLS career.
The Loons have successfully dribbled 51.6% of the time for the season while tallying 11 goals. They have earned a receiving percentage of 84.6% and they maintain possession of the ball 43.8% of the time. Minnesota has 1,920 pass targets so far this year (19th in the league) with 1,624 successful received passes. They have completed 43.5% of their shots on target on 62 shots.
Jan Gregus should provide solid play for Minnesota. The midfielder from Slovakia has been on the pitch for 15,448 mins while scoring 16 goals (132nd among active MLS players). He has accounted for 36 yellow card warnings thus far in his career and has helped on a goal 24 times. He currently averages 0.09 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 93 games during his MLS career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Luis Amarilla, the forward who was born in Paraguay. Amarilla has been handed 11 yellow cards in 3,194 minutes (33 career starts). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.56 (11th among active players). He has scored 20 goals during his MLS career while helping on a goal 6 times.
Tyler Miller is expected to look after the goal for the Loons. Miller has totaled 26 shutouts while defending 453 shots attempted against him in 9,239 mins throughout his career. He sports a save % of .711 and his clean sheet rate sits at 25.2%. He has conceded 1.38 goals per 90 mins while holding a record of 52-27-24. So far in his career, Miller has surrendered 142 goals while he has accounted for 322 stops in 103 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Columbus (+140)
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