New York City FC vs Columbus Crew Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/24/2020
Game: New York City FC vs Columbus Crew
Date: Monday, August 24, 2020
Location: Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: New York City (+314) Columbus (-116)
Red Bull Arena is the venue where Gyasi Zardes and the Columbus Crew (5-1-0, 1st in the Eastern Conference) will play New York City FC (1-0-5, 12th in the Eastern Conference) on Monday. The goalies protecting the net are Sean Johnson for New York City FC and Andrew Tarbell for the Columbus Crew. NYCFC is priced at +314 while the Crew are at -116. The total opens at 3.
New York City has controlled possession for 52.5% of contests while dribbling successfully 57% of the time (17th in Major League Soccer). They have attempted 75 shots at their opponents goal with 24 of them being on target, which means they have a 32.0% shots on target percentage. NYCFC have earned 2 goals this season, which ranks 25th in the league. Their players have caught 1,956 passes on 2,282 targets on the season, giving them a receiving percentage of 85.7%.
Alexander Ring is a guy who should impact this matchup for NYCFC. He has 13 assists while accumulating 56 yellow cards in his pro soccer career. Ring has had a starting assignment in 186 outings thus far in his career and accounts for 0.09 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder who is from Finland has totaled 17 goals scored (124th among active players) in 16,579 mins. One more guy who should impact this match is Jesus Medina, the midfielder who is from Paraguay. Medina has been on the pitch for 8,157 minutes during 94 starts and has earned himself 9 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 5 times in his MLS career and he has scored 27 goals. He averages 0.30 goals per 90 minutes so far in his pro soccer career (83rd among active players).
The guy protecting the net for New York City is Sean Johnson. Johnson (103-81-91 mark in his MLS career) has accumulated 61 shutouts, which has earned him a 22.2% clean sheet percentage. The goalie from the United States has had 1,217 shots tried against him in 275 starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.35 (372 total goals given up) and he has a save percentage of .703. Johnson has played for a total of 24,726 mins and has 856 stops so far in his pro soccer career.
The Crew have been able to dribble successfully 72.5% of the time for the season while accumulating 12 goals. They hold a receiving percentage of 88.8% while controlling possession of the ball 53.3% of the time. Columbus has 2,468 pass targets for the campaign (6th in MLS) with 2,192 successful received passes. They have connected on 40.3% of their shots out of 62 shots.
Gyasi Zardes should provide a lift for Columbus. He sports an average of 0.39 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 107 matches during his career. The forward who is from the United States has 16,628 mins while he has scored 72 goals (18th among active players). He has totaled 11 yellow card cautions thus far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 19 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Darlington Nagbe, the midfielder who is from the United States. He has accounted for 30 goals during his MLS career while assisting a teammate on a goal 29 different times. Nagbe has been handed a total of 7 yellow card warnings in 22,773 mins played (264 career starts). His goals per 90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.12 (178th among active players).
Andrew Tarbell will be looking after the net for the Crew. Tarbell has totaled 6 shutouts while defending 239 shots tried against him in 4,274 career mins. He sports a save percentage of .619 and his clean sheet rate sits at 12.5%. He has surrendered 1.94 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 13-10-24. During his MLS career, Tarbell has conceded 92 goals while he has 148 saves in 48 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Columbus (-116)
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