FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew Prediction, 7/9/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021
Location: TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Cincinnati (+195) Columbus (+138)
Brenner and FC Cincinnati (3-2-5, 11th in Eastern Conference) host the Columbus Crew (4-4-3, 9th in Eastern Conference) at TQL Stadium on Friday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Kenneth Vermeer for FC Cincinnati and Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew. FCC is priced at +195 while the Crew are at +138. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Cincinnati faced off with Houston in their most recent match and got the draw with a final of 1-1. In sharing the ball, they finished this match with a 86.6% passes received rate by converting 343 out of their 396 passing targets in their last game. FCC attempted 18 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 10 of those attempts for a percentage of 55.6%. In terms of shooting accuracy, Cincinnati walked away from the pitch at a 36.4% rate by putting 4 shots on target of 11 total shots. Cincinnati averages 1.00 goal per 90 (10 total goals) and are sitting with 8 assists in all competitions for the season.
Brenner is a guy who can be a difference maker for FC Cincinnati. Brenner has been given a starting assignment in 36 matchups in his career while he scores 0.37 G/90. The forward born in Brazil has tallied 14 goals scored in 3,365 professional minutes. He has totaled 3 assists while tallying 7 yellow cards in his pro soccer career. Someone else who should impact this match is Yuya Kubo, the forward representing Japan. Kubo has earned 13,132 minutes in 145 career starting assignments and has been given a total of 18 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 15 times so far in his career and he has scored 52 goals. He has an average of 0.36 goals per 90 during his soccer career.
The guy defending the goal for FC Cincinnati will be Kenneth Vermeer. Vermeer has seen the field for a total of 21,764 minutes and has tallied 616 stops in his pro soccer career. His GA/90 is 1.26 (304 goals conceded) and he holds a save % of 68.7. The goalkeeper from the Netherlands has seen 898 shots tried at him in 243 career starting assignments. Vermeer (132-53-55 mark during his career) has earned 75 clean sheets, which gives him a 30.9% clean sheet rate.
The last time they took the field, Columbus earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 2-2 against New England. The Crew finished the match with a 75.0% successful dribble rate by converting 15 out of the 20 dribbles they pursued. They finished this game by connecting on 584 out of their 655 passes they attempted for a rate of 89.2%. Columbus connected on 6 shots on target out of 18 shots attempted which had them at a 33.3% clip in their last outing. Having accumulated 8 goals and 4 assists for all their matches, Columbus sports an average of 0.73 goals and 0.36 assists per 90 minutes.
Gyasi Zardes should be someone to watch for Columbus Crew. The forward hailing from the United States has been on the pitch for 18,655 minutes while scoring 83 goals. He has totaled 12 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 22 times. He is averaging 0.40 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 207 contests during his soccer career. You should also watch out for Lucas Zelarayan, the midfielder representing Argentina. Zelarayan has been handed 7 yellow card warnings in 11,057 professional minutes played (124 starts). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.30. He has scored 37 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 23 different times.
Eloy Room will be residing in front of the net for Columbus Crew. Room has recorded 46 shutouts and has seen 961 shots attempted against him in 18,381 career minutes. He has a save percentage of 72.6 and his clean sheet rate is 22.8%. He has allowed 1.35 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 80-55-69. So far in his career, Room has conceded 275 goals and has tallied 690 stops in 202 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cincinnati (+195)
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