Columbus Crew vs Seattle Sounders FC Prediction, 8/21/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Columbus Crew vs Seattle Sounders FC
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021
Location: Lower.com Field in Columbus, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Columbus (+140) Seattle (+207)
Lucas Zelarayan and the Columbus Crew (6-6-8, 8th in Eastern Conference) play the Seattle Sounders FC (11-6-3, 1st in Western Conference) at Lower.com Field on Saturday. The starting goalies will be Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew and Stefan Cleveland for the Seattle Sounders FC. The odds on this matchup have the Columbus Crew coming in at +140 and the Sounders are at +207. The O/U opens at 2.25.
Columbus faced off with Chicago in their most recent match and took a loss by a score of 1-0. The Crew attempted 15 dribbles in this matchup and were able to convert 11 of those tries for a percentage of 73.3%. When talking about passing the ball, they ended with a 86.3% passes received rate by connecting on 422 of the 489 pass attempts in their last outing.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Columbus finished the game at a 33.3% clip by putting 3 SoT of 9 total shots. Columbus averages 0.90 goals per 90 (18 goals in total) and have tallied 8 assists in all competitions this year.
Lucas Zelarayan is a guy who can be a difference maker for the Columbus Crew. Zelarayan has been in the starting lineup in 131 matches thus far in his career while scoring 0.31 G/90. The midfielder hailing from Argentina has accumulated 40 goals in 11,755 minutes played. He has accounted for 25 assists while accumulating 7 yellow cards thus far in his career.
One more guy who could decide who wins is Gyasi Zardes, the forward who is from the United States. He has assisted on a goal 22 times so far in his career while he has scored 83 goals. Zardes has earned 18,906 minutes during 210 career starts and has been given a total of 12 yellow card cautions. He is averaging 0.40 goals per 90 during his career.
The guy protecting the net for Columbus Crew will be Eloy Room. Room (82-56-74 mark in his professional soccer career) has 48 shutouts, which gives him a 22.9% shutout percentage. The keeper born in the Netherlands has had 1,003 shots attempted at him in 210 starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.36 (289 goals allowed) and his save percentage is 72.7. Room has been on the field for a total of 19,101 mins and has tallied 720 saves so far in his career.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Seattle got the victory with a final of 6-2 against Portland. The Sounders finished with a 52.9% successful dribble rate by connecting on 9 of the 17 dribbles they pursued. They finished the match by connecting on 405 of the 495 passes they tried for a percentage of 81.8%. Seattle landed 1 shot on target out of their 9 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 11.1% rate in their last match. Having earned a total of 33 goals and 18 assists in all their matches, Seattle sports an average of 1.65 goals and 0.90 assists per 90 minutes.
Fredy Montero will be someone to watch for Seattle Sounders FC. He is averaging 0.45 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 258 contests in his career. The forward born in Colombia has accumulated 23,430 minutes while scoring 118 goals. He has totaled 50 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 42 times. Make sure to watch out for Raul Ruidiaz, the forward representing Peru. Ruidiaz has been handed a total of 16 yellow card warnings in 14,273 mins (164 career starts). His goals per 90 minute average in his career is 0.69. He has tallied 109 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 10 times.
Stefan Cleveland will reside in front of the net for Seattle Sounders FC. Cleveland has accumulated 3 shutouts and has seen 86 shots against him in 1,980 mins throughout his career. He has a save % of 76.7 and his clean sheet rate sits at 13.6%. He has allowed 1.14 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 8-8-6. In his career, Cleveland has given up 25 goals and has totaled 65 stops in 22 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Columbus (+140)
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