New York City FC vs Columbus Crew Prediction, 5/22/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York City FC vs Columbus Crew
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Location: Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: New York City (-120) Columbus (+300)
Lucas Zelarayan and the Columbus Crew (1-2-2, 11th in Eastern Conference) travel to Red Bull Arena on Saturday where they'll take on New York City FC (2-2-1, 3rd in Eastern Conference). The expected starting goalkeepers will be Sean Johnson for New York City FC and Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew. The odds on this game have New York City FC coming in at -120 and the Crew are at +300. The total opens at 2.75.
New York City faced off with Toronto in their last game and walked away with a draw with a final of 1-1. NYCFC attempted 5 dribbles in this match and completed 3 of those attempts for a rate of 60.0%. When discussing the passing game, they ended up with a 86.6% passes received rate by connecting on 406 out of their 469 passing targets in their last outing. In terms of shooting accuracy, New York City wrapped this game up at a 46.2% rate by putting 6 shots on target of 13 total shots. New York City averages 1.80 goals per 90 (9 total goals) and have 5 assists in all matches for the year.
Valentin Castellanos is a player who should be able to impact this match for New York City FC. He has totaled 9 assists while tallying 25 yellow card cautions in his career. Castellanos has started 62 matches so far in his career and he tallies 0.40 goals per 90. The forward representing Argentina has earned 25 goals scored in 5,637 mins. Someone else who should impact this game is Jesus Medina, the forward representing Paraguay. Medina has played 9,741 mins in 112 starts and has been handed 12 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 7 times so far in his career while scoring 35 total goals. He is averaging 0.32 goals per 90 during his pro soccer career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for New York City FC will be Sean Johnson. Johnson has defended the goal for a total of 26,706 mins and has accumulated 918 saves during his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.33 (394 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of 70.9. The keeper from the United States has had 1,298 shots tried against him in 297 career starts. Johnson (116-86-95 record in his career) has accumulated 69 shutouts, which leaves him with a 23.2% clean sheet rate.
In their last outing, Columbus walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 1-0 against New England. The Crew earned a 53.8% successful dribble percentage by converting 7 of the 13 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this match by completing 432 out of their 484 passes they tried earning a rate of 89.3%. Columbus landed 1 shot on goal out of 6 shots tried giving them a 16.7% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. With a total of 1 goals for all their matches, Columbus is averaging 0.20 goals per 90 minutes.
Lucas Zelarayan should provide solid play for Columbus Crew. He scores 0.30 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 119 matches so far in his career. The midfielder who is from Argentina has earned 10,562 mins and has scored 35 goals. He has totaled 7 yellow cards in his career and has helped on a goal 23 times. You should also keep an eye on Gyasi Zardes, the forward hailing from the United States. He has 79 goals during his soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 22 times. Zardes has been given a total of 12 yellow card cautions in 18,123 minutes played (201 starts). His G/90 average so far in his career is 0.39.
Eloy Room will be residing in front of the net for Columbus Crew. In his career, Room has conceded 270 goals and has racked up 677 stops in 197 starts. He has given up 1.36 goals per 90 mins while holding a record of 78-53-68. He holds a save percentage of 72.6 and his clean sheet rate is 22.8%. Room has tallied 45 shutouts while seeing 943 shots against him in 17,931 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York City (-120)
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