Columbus Crew vs New York City FC Prediction, 10/18/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Crew vs New York City FC
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Location: MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Columbus (+109) New York City (+254)
MAPFRE Stadium is the venue where Jesus Medina and New York City FC (8-3-7, 6th in the Eastern Conference) will play the Columbus Crew (9-4-4, 3rd in the Eastern Conference) on Sunday. The goaltenders who are expected to start are Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. The moneyline on this matchup has the Columbus Crew priced at +109 and NYCFC is at +254. The total is set at 2.75.
Columbus has been able to control possession for 53.4% of contests while they dribble successfully 68% of the time (1st in Major League Soccer). They have attempted 190 shots at their opponents with 68 of them being on target, which is a 35.8% shots on target percentage. The Crew as a team have totaled 26 goals this year, which has them 10th in the league. Their players have received 7,116 passes from teammates on 8,175 targets so far this season, giving them a receiving percentage of 87.0%.
Pedro Santos is a player who should be able to impact this match for Columbus. He has totaled 35 assists while accumulating 49 yellow cards in his career. Santos has been a starter in 163 games during his career and has 0.25 G/90. The forward who represents Portugal has earned 40 goals scored in 14,240 professional minutes played. Someone else who should impact this game is Gyasi Zardes, the forward who hails from the United States. Zardes has been on the field for 17,512 mins during 194 starting assignments and has been given 12 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 22 times so far in his career and he has scored 77 goals. He has an average of 0.40 goals per 90 mins thus far in his career.
The man who will defend the goal for Columbus is Eloy Room. Room (75-50-64 mark during his career) has accumulated 43 clean sheets, which has earned him a 23.0% shutout percentage. The goalie from the Netherlands has seen 907 shots attempted at him in 187 career starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.37 (260 goals allowed) and his save % is .724. Room has defended the goal for a total of 17,031 mins and has 652 saves so far in his career.
New York City has 8,938 targets this season (3rd in the league) to go along with 7,772 completed passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 87.0% and they maintain possession of the ball 56% of the time. NYCFC have had success dribbling 56.8% of the time so far this season while tallying 22 goals. The have hit on 35.4% of their SOT on 274 total shots.
Jesus Medina will be someone to watch for New York City. The forward from Paraguay has 8,854 mins while scoring 28 goals. He has totaled 10 yellow card cautions in his professional soccer career and has helped on a goal 5 times. He is averaging 0.28 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 102 games during his professional soccer career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Alexander Ring, the midfielder who is from Finland. He has collected 20 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 17 times. Ring has been given 58 yellow cards in 17,603 professional minutes played (198 career starts). His goals per 90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.10.
Sean Johnson will be residing in front of the goal for NYCFC. Johnson has totaled 66 clean sheets while he has defended 1,256 shots against him in 25,806 minutes in his career. He is the owner of a save percentage of .709 and his shutout rate is currently at 23.0%. He has allowed 1.33 goals per 90 and he has earned a record of 110-84-93. So far in his pro soccer career, Johnson has conceded 381 goals while he has earned 890 stops in 287 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Columbus (+109)
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