Columbus Crew vs D.C. United Prediction, 5/8/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Crew vs D.C. United
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Location: Historic Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Columbus (-200) D.C. (+475)
Julian Gressel and D.C. United (1-0-2, 8th in Eastern Conference) head to Historic Crew Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the Columbus Crew (0-2-0, 10th in Eastern Conference). The goalies expected to start will be Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew and Chris Seitz for D.C. United. The moneyline on this contest has the Columbus Crew priced at -200 and the Black-and-Red are at +475. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Columbus faced off with Montreal in their last match and finished with a draw with a score of 0-0. In regard to passing, they finished with a 85.2% passes received percentage by completing 367 out of their 431 targeted passes last contest. The Crew attempted 9 dribbles in this game and were able to convert 6 of the attempts for a percentage of 66.7%.
Gyasi Zardes is a player who can be a difference maker for the Columbus Crew. Zardes has had a starting assignment in 199 games during his pro soccer career while scoring 0.40 goals per 90 minutes. The forward hailing from the United States has earned 79 goals scored in 17,934 professional minutes played. He has totaled 22 assists while accumulating 12 yellow card warnings so far in his career. Another guy who should impact this match is Pedro Santos, the forward representing Portugal. He has assisted on a goal 36 times so far in his career while he has scored 41 goals. Santos has been on the pitch for 14,924 mins during 171 starting assignments and has been given a total of 50 yellow cards. He currently averages 0.25 goals per 90 for his pro soccer career.
The man protecting the net for Columbus Crew will be Eloy Room. Room has played for 17,661 minutes and is sitting with 675 stops in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.36 (266 goals conceded) and he is the owner of a save % of 72.9. The goalie hailing from the Netherlands has seen 936 shots sent his way in 194 starts. Room (77-53-66 record during his soccer career) has earned 45 clean sheets, which gives him a 23.2% clean sheet percentage.
For their last outing, D.C. took a loss by a final score of 4-1 against San Jose. The Black-and-Red ended the game with a 61.9% successful dribble percentage by converting 13 out of the 21 dribbles they pursued. They finished the match by connecting on 401 of the 463 attempted passes for a rate of 86.6%. D.C. had 6 shots on target out of their 19 shots attempted which gave them a 31.6% rate when they last took the field. Having a total of 3 goals and 3 assists in all competitions, D.C. is averaging 1.00 goal and 1.00 assist per 90.
Julian Gressel should provide a lift for D.C. United. He sports an average of 0.16 goals per 90 and has started 110 outings in his career. The defender born in Germany has been on the pitch for 9,612 minutes and has scored 17 goals. He has accounted for 12 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 36 times. You should also keep an eye on Ola Kamara, the forward born in Norway. He has collected 114 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 23 different times. Kamara has been given a total of 12 yellow card warnings in 20,405 mins (218 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average thus far in his career is 0.50.
Chris Seitz will reside in front of the goal for D.C. United. Seitz has racked up 28 clean sheets and has defended 511 shots against him in 10,526 mins throughout his career. He has a save percentage of 68.5 and his shutout rate is 24.1%. He has conceded 1.44 goals per 90 minutes while earning a mark of 45-30-41. During his career, Seitz has given up 168 goals and has tallied 346 stops in 116 starts.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take D.C. (+475) and under the total goals
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