Houston Dynamo vs Columbus Crew Prediction, 10/24/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Dynamo vs Columbus Crew
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Location: BBVA Stadium in Houston, TX
TV: QuestTEXAS Ch. 55
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+162) Columbus (+140)
Pedro Santos and the Columbus Crew (10-4-4, 3rd in the Eastern Conference) go to BBVA Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the Houston Dynamo (4-8-7, 10th in the Western Conference). The expected starting goaltenders will be Marko Maric for the Houston Dynamo and Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew. The line on this contest has the Houston Dynamo priced at +162 and the Crew are at +140. The O/U is set at 2.75.
The Dynamo have earned 27 goals this year, which ranks them 11th in MLS. They have launched 262 shots at their opponents with 96 of them being on target, which means they have a 36.6% shots on target percentage. Houston has controlled possession for 49% of matches while they dribble successfully 53.8% of the time (26th in MLS). Their players have been on the receiving end of 7,596 passes on 8,770 targets so far this year, which makes their receiving percentage 86.6%.
Christian Ramirez is a player who should be able to impact this game for Houston. Ramirez has been given a starting assignment in 175 contests during his career and accounts for 0.56 goals per 90 minutes. The forward from the United States has accumulated 92 goals in 14,801 mins played. He has 28 assists while earning 4 yellow card warnings thus far in his career. One more player who should impact this match is Carlos Darwin Quintero, the forward who hails from Colombia. Quintero has totaled 25,720 mins in 287 starts and has been handed 54 yellow cards. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 86 times so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 94 goals. He currently averages 0.33 goals per 90 minutes during his career.
The guy defending the goal for Houston is Marko Maric. Maric has seen the pitch for a total of 9,630 minutes and has earned 255 saves so far in his MLS career. His GA/90 is 1.49 (159 total goals given up) and he is the owner of a save percentage of .685. The keeper from Croatia has seen 371 shots attempted at him in 107 career starts. Maric (29-37-41 record during his soccer career) has recorded 22 shutouts, which gives him a 20.6% clean sheet rate.
The Crew have had success dribbling 68.5% of the time this year while accumulating 29 goals. They have earned a receiving percentage of 86.8% and they control possession of the ball 52.7% of the time. Columbus has 8,514 targets so far this year (8th in the league) to go along with 7,394 successful received passes. They have been able to complete 38% of their SOT out of 200 total shots.
Pedro Santos will be someone to watch for Columbus. The forward who is from Portugal has 14,304 professional minutes and he has scored 41 goals. He has accumulated 49 yellow cards during his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 35 times. He averages 0.26 G/90 and has been in the starting lineup in 164 matches during his professional soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Gyasi Zardes, the forward who represents the United States. He has scored 78 goals during his MLS career while assisting a teammate on a goal 22 different times. Zardes has been given a total of 12 yellow card cautions in 17,602 mins (195 career starts). His goals per 90 min average in his pro soccer career is 0.40.
Eloy Room will look after the goal for the Crew. In his career, Room has given up 260 goals while tallying 652 saves in 187 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.37 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 75-50-64. He has a save percentage of .724 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 23.0%. Room has 43 clean sheets while he has defended 907 shots against him in 17,031 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Columbus (+140)
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