New England Revolution vs Columbus Crew Prediction, 9/18/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New England Revolution vs Columbus Crew
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: New England (-169) Columbus (+360)
Gillette Stadium is the venue where Lucas Zelarayan and the Columbus Crew (8-6-11, 10th in Eastern Conference) will play the New England Revolution (17-4-4, 1st in Eastern Conference) on Saturday. The goaltenders protecting the net are Matt Turner for the New England Revolution and Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew. The odds on this contest have the New England Revolution priced at -169 and the Crew are at +360. The total opens at 2.5.
New England took the field against New York City in their last match and notched a win by a score of 2-1. In the passing game, they finished with a 91.2% rate by converting 563 out of their 617 passing targets in their last outing. The Revolution tried 16 dribbles in this outing and were successful in 8 of the tries for a percentage of 50.0%.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, New England finished the game at a 41.7% rate by putting 5 shots on target of 12 shots. New England is averaging 1.84 goals per 90 (46 goals in total) and have accounted for 35 assists in all contests this year.
Gustavo Bou is a guy who can be a difference maker for the New England Revolution. Bou has started 149 contests during his pro soccer career and tallies 0.51 goals per 90 minutes. The forward hailing from Argentina has totaled 77 goals in 13,464 mins. He has 27 assists while accumulating 18 yellow cards so far in his career.
Another guy who could decide the outcome is Carles Gil, the forward born in Spain. He has helped on a goal 34 times so far in his career while he has scored 21 goals. Gil has been on the pitch for 14,515 mins during 164 career starts and has earned himself a total of 22 yellow card warnings. He is averaging 0.13 goals per 90 mins for his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for New England Revolution is Matt Turner. Turner (43-37-35 record in his career) has accumulated 27 clean sheets, which gives him a 23.5% clean sheet rate. The goalkeeper from the United States has had 516 shots sent in his direction in 115 starting assignments. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.25 (143 total goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save percentage of 73.8. Turner has defended the goal for a total of 10,315 mins and has earned 384 saves during his soccer career.
The last time they took the pitch, Columbus got the victory with a final of 2-1 against New York. The Crew ended the game with a 38.9% successful dribble rate by converting 7 of the 18 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 392 out of their 473 passes they tried earning a percentage of 82.9%. Columbus had 6 shots on target out of the team's 16 shots attempted which gave them a 37.5% rate when they last took the field. With 25 goals and 9 assists in all their matches, Columbus is averaging 1.00 goal and 0.36 assists per 90 minutes.
Lucas Zelarayan will need to provide a spark for Columbus Crew. The midfielder born in Argentina has accumulated 12,205 mins while scoring 41 goals. He has 8 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 25 times. He sports an average of 0.30 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 136 matches during his career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Erik Hurtado, the forward who represents the United States. He has totaled 20 goals during his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 13 times. Hurtado has been handed 9 yellow card cautions in 7,449 professional minutes played (74 career starts). His goals per 90 min average during his pro soccer career is 0.24.
Eloy Room will look after the net for Columbus Crew. So far in his career, Room has allowed 298 goals and has totaled 730 stops in 215 starts. He has allowed 1.37 goals per 90 mins while earning a record of 84-56-77. He has a save percentage of 72.3 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 22.3%. Room has tallied 48 clean sheets and has defended 1,022 shots against him in 19,551 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New England (-169)
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