Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew Prediction, 9/27/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020
Location: Pratt & Whitney Stadium in Hartford, CT
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+110) Columbus (+275)
Jozy Altidore and the Columbus Crew (9-3-1, 1st in the Eastern Conference) are headed to Pratt & Whitney Stadium on Sunday where they'll take on Toronto FC (7-4-2, 4th in the Eastern Conference). The goaltenders who are expected to start are Quentin Westberg for Toronto FC and Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew. The Crew are priced at +275 while TFC is at +110. The over/under has been set at 2.75.
TFC as a team have 21 goals this year, which ranks 10th in MLS. They have attempted 186 shots at their opponents goal with 78 of them being on target, which is a 41.9% shots on target percentage. Toronto has controlled possession for 56% of games while dribbling successfully 61.1% of the time (9th in MLS). They have been on the receiving end of 6,473 passes on 7,219 attempts for the year, which makes their receiving percentage 89.7%.
Jozy Altidore is a player who should be able to impact this match for TFC. He has accounted for 29 assists while accumulating 47 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career. Altidore has started 230 matchups so far in his pro soccer career while he scores 0.50 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who was born in the United States has racked up 114 goals (5th among active MLS players) in 20,330 professional minutes. One more guy who should impact this match is Alejandro Pozuelo, the midfielder from Spain. Pozuelo has totaled 16,961 mins in 185 starts and has been handed a total of 30 yellow cards. He has helped a teammate on a goal 48 times during his pro soccer career and he has scored 41 total goals. He currently averages 0.22 goals per 90 minutes during his career (118th among active MLS players).
The guy protecting the net for Toronto will be Quentin Westberg. Westberg has played for a total of 7,497 minutes and has tallied 184 saves during his career. His GA/90 is 1.30 (108 total goals conceded) and he holds a save percentage of .669. The keeper from the United States has had 275 shots tried against him in 83 starts. Westberg (31-26-27 mark in his career) has earned 25 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 30.1% clean sheet percentage.
Columbus has accumulated 6,400 pass targets so far this season (4th in the league) to go along with 5,629 successful received passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 88.0% and they have controlled possession of the ball 53.7% of the time. The Crew have successfully dribbled 74.1% of the time on the year while totaling 22 goals. The have hit on 38.2% of their shots on target out of 144 shots.
Pedro Santos should provide solid play for Columbus. He has an average of 0.25 G/90 and has been a starter in 8 contests in his pro soccer career. The forward who is from Portugal has totaled 13,893 mins while he has scored 38 goals (59th among active MLS players). He has collected 49 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 34 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Gyasi Zardes, the forward who is from the United States. Zardes has been given a total of 12 yellow card warnings in 17,157 mins played (190 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average in his pro soccer career is 0.40 (46th among active MLS players). He has totaled 76 goals in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 21 times.
Eloy Room will reside in front of the goal for the Crew. Room has recorded 43 shutouts while defending 899 shots attempted against him in 16,871 career minutes. He has earned a save percentage of .721 and his shutout rate is currently at 23.2%. He has surrendered 1.36 goals per 90 and he has a mark of 75-49-63. During his pro soccer career, Room has allowed 255 goals while totaling 648 saves in 185 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (+110)
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