FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/29/2020
Game: FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020
Location: Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Cincinnati (+225) Columbus (+110)
Nippert Stadium is the site where Gyasi Zardes and the Columbus Crew (5-1-1, 1st in the Eastern Conference) will play FC Cincinnati (2-1-4, 10th in the Eastern Conference) on Saturday. The starting goaltenders are Przemyslaw Tyton for FC Cincinnati and Andrew Tarbell for the Columbus Crew. FCC is priced at +225 while the Crew are at +110. The over/under has been set at 2.5.
Cincinnati has been able to maintain possession for 46.4% of games while they dribble successfully 53.4% of the time (23rd in MLS). They have launched 64 shots at their opponents with 20 of them being on target, which is a 31.3% shots on target percentage. FCC have collected 5 goals this season, which ranks them 23rd in MLS. Their players have received 2,685 passes on 3,101 attempts on the season, giving them a receiving percentage of 86.6%.
Haris Medunjanin is a guy who should impact this matchup for FCC. He has totaled 35 assists while accumulating 34 yellow card cautions so far in his MLS career. Medunjanin has started 228 matches in his MLS career and he tallies 0.13 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder who is from Bosnia has tallied 30 goals (71st among active players) in 20,584 minutes. Another player who should impact this match is Yuya Kubo, the midfielder who was born in Japan. Kubo has been on the field for 11,670 minutes in 127 career starts and has been handed a total of 14 yellow card cautions. He has helped on a goal 15 times during his career while he has scored 51 goals. He is averaging 0.39 G/90 during his career (44th among active MLS players).
The man who will defend the goal for Cincinnati is Przemyslaw Tyton. Tyton has played for 16,976 mins and has earned 589 saves so far in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.68 (317 goals surrendered) and he holds a save % of .651. The goalkeeper from Poland has seen 905 shots tried against him in 188 starting assignments. Tyton (66-43-76 mark in his career) has tallied 39 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 20.7% clean sheet rate.
The Crew have dribbled successfully 74.8% of the time on the campaign while totaling 12 goals. They have a receiving percentage of 87.5% and they maintain possession of the ball 52.4% of the time. Columbus has totaled 3,362 targets on the campaign (3rd in the league) to go along with 2,943 successful received passes. They have been able to connect on 41.2% of their shots out of 68 total shots.
Gyasi Zardes should provide a lift for Columbus. The forward from the United States has played 16,699 professional minutes while scoring 72 goals (18th among active MLS players). He has totaled 11 yellow cards in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 19 times. He currently averages 0.39 goals per 90 and has started 107 matches in his MLS career. Be sure to watch out for Darlington Nagbe, the midfielder who is from the United States. Nagbe has earned himself a total of 7 yellow card cautions in 22,863 professional minutes played (265 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.12 (178th among active players). He has 30 goals during his career while helping a teammate on a goal 29 different times.
Andrew Tarbell will be looking after the goal for the Crew. During his pro soccer career, Tarbell has conceded 93 goals while he has totaled 151 saves in 49 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.92 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a record of 13-10-25. He has earned a save percentage of .621 and his clean sheet rate sits at 12.2%. Tarbell has earned 6 clean sheets while he has defended 243 shots tried against him in 4,364 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cincinnati (+225)
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