Columbus Crew vs FC Cincinnati Prediction, 8/27/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Crew vs FC Cincinnati
Date: Friday, August 27, 2021
Location: Lower.com Field in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Columbus (-120) Cincinnati (+333)
Erik Hurtado and the Columbus Crew (6-6-9, 9th in Eastern Conference) play FC Cincinnati (3-8-8, 13th in Eastern Conference) at Lower.com Field on Friday. The starting goalkeepers are Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew and Kenneth Vermeer for FC Cincinnati. FCC is priced at +333 while the Crew are at -120. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Columbus took the field against Seattle in their most recent game and went home with a loss by a final score of 2-1. The Crew tried 18 dribbles in this outing and were able to convert 11 of those dribbles for a rate of 61.1%. In the passing game, they had a 83.8% received passes rate by connecting on 305 of the 364 targeted passes last game.
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Concerning shot accuracy, Columbus walked away from the pitch at a 18.2% clip by landing 2 shots on target of 11 total shots. Columbus averages 0.90 goals per 90 minutes (19 goals in total) and have tallied 8 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Erik Hurtado is a player who should be able to impact this game for CF Montreal. He has totaled 13 assists while earning 9 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career. Hurtado has had a starting assignment in 74 matches in his career while scoring 0.24 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in the United States has tallied 20 goals in 7,423 professional minutes.
One more player who could decide who wins is Lucas Zelarayan, the midfielder born in Argentina. Zelarayan has accumulated 11,845 mins during 132 starting assignments and has been given 7 yellow cards. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 25 times so far in his career and he has scored 40 goals. He is currently averaging 0.30 goals per 90 mins during his soccer career.
The man defending the goal for Columbus Crew is Eloy Room. Room has seen the pitch for 19,191 minutes and is sitting with 722 stops thus far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.36 (291 goals allowed) and he has a save percentage of 72.6. The goalie hailing from the Netherlands has seen 1,007 shots attempted against him in 211 starts. Room (82-56-75 mark in his career) has 48 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 22.7% shutout percentage.
In their last game, Cincinnati took a loss by a score of 4-1 against New England. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 441 of the 502 passes they attempted for a rate of 87.8%. FCC ended the game with a 36.4% successful dribble percentage by completing 4 of the 11 dribbles they attempted. Cincinnati had 4 shots on goal out of their 13 shots attempted giving them a 30.8% rate when they last took the field. Having accumulated 19 goals and 15 assists in all their matches, Cincinnati sports an average of 1.00 goal and 0.79 assists per 90 min.
Brenner will need to provide a spark for FC Cincinnati. He is averaging 0.39 G/90 and has started 45 matches during his career. The forward hailing from Brazil has been on the field for 4,149 professional minutes and he has scored 18 goals. He has tallied 9 yellow card warnings so far in his career and has helped on a goal 4 times. Be sure to watch out for Luciano Acosta, the forward representing Argentina. He has earned 32 goals thus far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 36 different times. Acosta has been given 32 yellow card warnings in 14,432 professional minutes (165 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average in his pro soccer career is 0.20.
Kenneth Vermeer will look after the net for FC Cincinnati. Vermeer has totaled 77 shutouts while seeing 933 shots tried against him in 22,368 mins throughout his career. He sports a save % of 68.7 and his clean sheet rate is 30.8%. He has conceded 1.27 goals per 90 while holding a mark of 132-58-57. During his professional soccer career, Vermeer has allowed 316 goals and has totaled 640 stops in 250 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Columbus (-120)
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