Columbus Crew vs Philadelphia Union Prediction, 9/2/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Crew vs Philadelphia Union
Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Location: MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Columbus (+230) Philadelphia (+100)
MAPFRE Stadium is the site where Alejandro Bedoya and the Philadelphia Union (4-3-1, 3rd in the Eastern Conference) will play the Columbus Crew (5-2-1, 2nd in the Eastern Conference) on Wednesday. The starting goalies are Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew and Andre Blake for the Philadelphia Union. The Crew are priced at +230 while the Zolos are at +100. The total is set at 2.75.
The Crew have accounted for 12 goals for the year, which has them 6th in the league. They have tried 75 shots with 31 being on target, which is a 41.3% shots on target percentage. Columbus maintains possession for 53.5% of contests while they successfully dribble 75% of the time (1st in the league). Their players have caught 3,457 passes from teammates on 3,963 targets on the campaign, making their receiving percentage 87.2%.
Fanendo Adi is a guy who can be a difference maker for the Crew. He has totaled 10 assists while earning 18 yellow cards so far in his MLS career. Adi has been a starter in 133 matchups thus far in his career and he scores 0.47 goals per 90 mins. The forward who is from Nigeria has totaled 63 goals (22nd among active players) in 11,990 professional minutes played. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Gyasi Zardes, the forward who was born in the United States. Zardes has played 16,779 mins in 186 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 11 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 19 times during his pro soccer career and he has scored 72 total goals. He scores 0.39 goals per 90 during his pro soccer career (48th among active MLS players).
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Columbus is Eloy Room. Room (71-48-63 record in his career) has earned 40 shutouts, which has earned him a 22.2% shutout rate. The goalie from Curacao has seen 884 shots tried at him in 180 career starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.38 (252 total goals given up) and he holds a save percentage of .719. Room has defended the goal for a total of 16,421 minutes and has earned 636 saves during his career.
The Zolos have successfully dribbled 59.3% of the time this year while tallying 12 goals. They have a receiving percentage of 83.7% and they control possession of the ball 45.9% of the time. Philadelphia has 3,189 pass targets this season (14th in MLS) with 2,670 completed passes. They have been able to connect on 36.6% of their shots on target on 93 total shots.
Alejandro Bedoya will need to provide a spark for Philadelphia. He scores 0.14 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 128 games in his pro soccer career. The midfielder who is from the United States has been on the pitch for 23,001 minutes while he has scored 37 goals (58th among active players). He has accumulated 58 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 32 times. Make sure to watch out for Kacper Przybylko, the forward who is from Poland. Przybylko has been handed a total of 9 yellow cards in 9,394 professional minutes (100 career starts). His goals per 90 average thus far in his career is 0.40 (44th among active players). He has earned 42 goals during his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 13 different times.
Andre Blake will be looking after the goal for the Zolos. Blake has earned 34 clean sheets while he has defended 607 shots attempted against him in 11,844 minutes in his career. He has earned a save % of .702 and his shutout rate is currently 25.8%. He has given up 1.47 goals per 90 mins and he has a record of 50-30-52. In his pro soccer career, Blake has given up 194 goals while he has racked up 426 saves in 132 starts.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Columbus (+230)
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