Orlando City SC vs Columbus Crew Prediction, 10/11/2020 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando City SC vs Columbus Crew
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2020
Location: Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+134) Columbus (+205)
Pedro Santos and the Columbus Crew (9-4-3, 3rd in the Eastern Conference) go to Exploria Stadium on Sunday where they'll take on Orlando City (8-6-2, 4th in the Eastern Conference). The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Brian Rowe for Orlando City and Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew. The line on this matchup has Orlando City priced at +134 and the Crew are at +205. The over/under has been set at 2.75.
The Lions as a team have earned 27 goals this year, which ranks them 6th in MLS. They have launched 186 shots with 70 being on target, which calculates to a 37.6% SOT percentage. Orlando controls possession for 51.3% of matches while dribbling successfully 58% of the time (20th in MLS). Their players have been on the receiving end of 6,441 passes from teammates on 7,292 attempts for the season, making their receiving percentage 88.3%.
Nani is a player who should be able to impact this match for Orlando. Nani has started 281 games in his pro soccer career and he tallies 0.29 G/90. The forward who hails from Cape Verde has tallied 80 goals scored in 25,140 professional minutes played. He has accounted for 84 assists while accumulating 50 yellow cards thus far in his career. Another player who should impact this match is Chris Mueller, the forward who was born in the United States. He has helped on a goal 12 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 15 goals. Mueller has 4,443 mins during 50 starting assignments and has earned himself 3 yellow card cautions. He currently averages 0.30 goals per 90 mins in his pro soccer career.
The man defending the goal for Orlando City is Brian Rowe. Rowe (38-36-35 record in his career) has tallied 27 shutouts, which leaves him with a 25.0% clean sheet rate. The keeper from the United States has had 446 shots attempted at him in 108 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.38 (151 goals allowed) and he has earned a save % of .677. Rowe has defended the goal for 9,846 mins and has earned 300 stops during his MLS career.
Columbus has 7,682 pass targets for the year (5th in the league) with 6,712 completed passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 87.4% while they control possession of the ball 52.9% of the time. The Crew have dribbled successfully 67.9% of the time so far this year while earning 25 goals. They have connected on 36.6% of their shots out of 183 total shots.
Pedro Santos should provide solid play for Columbus. The forward from Portugal has accumulated 14,150 minutes while scoring 39 goals. He has 49 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 35 times. He scores 0.25 goals per 90 mins and has started 102 games in his pro soccer career. Be sure to watch out for Gyasi Zardes, the forward who is from the United States. He has accounted for 77 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 22 different times. Zardes has been handed a total of 12 yellow cards in 17,427 mins (193 starting assignments). His G/90 average in his career is 0.40.
Eloy Room will be looking after the goal for Columbus. In his career, Room has conceded 260 goals while he has accounted for 652 stops in 187 starts. He has allowed 1.37 goals per 90 and he has a record of 75-50-64. He is the owner of a save % of .724 and his shutout rate is currently 23.0%. Room has racked up 43 clean sheets while he has seen 907 shots attempted against him in 17,031 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Columbus (+205)
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