Columbus Crew vs New York City FC Prediction, 7/17/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Crew vs New York City FC
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021
Location: Lower.com Field in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Columbus (+125) New York City (+190)
Lower.com Field is the venue where Valentin Castellanos and New York City FC (5-2-4, 6th in Eastern Conference) will take on the Columbus Crew (4-5-3, 8th in Eastern Conference) on Saturday. The starting goalies will be Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew and Luis Barraza for New York City FC. NYCFC is priced at +190 while the Crew are at +125. The total has been set at 2.5.
Columbus faced off with Cincinnati in their most recent game and got the draw with a final of 2-2. In regard to passing, they finished with a 90.2% received passes rate by connecting on 398 out of their 441 passing attempts in their last outing. The Crew attempted 23 dribbles in this match and were successful in 17 of the attempts for a rate of 73.9%. In terms of shooting accuracy, Columbus finished at a 22.2% rate by hitting 2 shots on target of 9 shots. Columbus has an average of 0.83 goals per 90 min (10 total goals) and are sitting with 5 assists in all contests this year.
Lucas Zelarayan is a player who should impact this matchup for the Columbus Crew. Zelarayan has started 125 outings during his pro soccer career and accounts for 0.31 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder born in Argentina has recorded 38 goals in 11,147 professional minutes played. He has 24 assists while accumulating 7 yellow cards in his career. Someone else who should impact this match is Pedro Santos, the forward representing Portugal. Santos has earned 15,722 minutes during 180 career starts and has been given 52 yellow card cautions. He has helped a teammate on a goal 38 times during his pro soccer career while he has scored 41 goals. He is averaging 0.23 goals per 90 mins so far in his pro soccer career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Columbus Crew will be Eloy Room. Room has been on the pitch for a total of 18,381 minutes and has tallied 690 saves during his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.35 (275 total goals allowed) and his save % is 72.6. The goalie hailing from the Netherlands has seen 961 shots attempted against him in 202 career starts. Room (80-55-69 mark in his career) has accumulated 46 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 22.8% shutout percentage.
When they last played, New York City went home defeated by a final of 2-1 against Montreal. They finished this game by connecting on 490 out of their 561 passing attempts for a percentage of 87.3%. NYCFC earned a 44.4% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 4 out of the 9 dribbles they tried. New York City converted 4 shots on goal out of their 10 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 40.0% rate in their last game. With a total of 18 goals and 12 assists for all their matches, New York City averages 1.64 goals and 1.09 assists per 90 minutes.
Valentin Castellanos should be able to be counted on for New York City FC. The forward born in Argentina has played 6,143 professional minutes while scoring 25 goals. He has totaled 27 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 11 times. He is averaging 0.37 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 68 matches in his career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Jesus Medina, the forward representing Paraguay. He has totaled 36 goals during his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 7 different times. Medina has been handed 13 yellow cards in 10,147 mins (117 starting assignments). His G/90 average so far in his career is 0.32.
Luis Barraza is expected to look after the goal for New York City FC. During his career, Barraza has allowed 6 goals and has accumulated 7 saves in 3 starting assignments. He has surrendered 2.00 goals per 90 minutes while holding a record of 0-1-2. He has earned a save percentage of 58.3 and his clean sheet rate is 0.0%. Barraza has totaled 0 shutouts and defended 12 shots tried against him in 270 career mins.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take New York City (+190) and under the total goals
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