New York Red Bulls vs Columbus Crew Prediction, 8/18/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Red Bulls vs Columbus Crew
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Location: Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: New York (-137) Columbus (+310)
Cristian Casseres and the New York Red Bulls (5-4-9, 11th in Eastern Conference) host the Columbus Crew (6-6-7, 8th in Eastern Conference) at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday. The goaltenders protecting the net are Carlos Miguel Coronel for the New York Red Bulls and Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew. The Red Bulls are priced at -137 while the Crew are at +310. The total has been set at 2.5.
New York faced off with Montreal in their last matchup and went home with a loss by a final score of 2-1. The Red Bulls tried 17 dribbles in this outing and converted 9 of the tries for a percentage of 52.9%. In the passing game, they finished this match with a 78.2% received passes percentage by converting 226 of the 289 passing targets in their last match.
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Concerning shot accuracy, New York walked away from the pitch at a 25.0% rate by hitting 3 shots on target of 12 total shots. New York is averaging 1.16 goals per 90 (22 goals in total) and are sitting with 14 assists in all games for the season.
Cristian Casseres is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for the New York Red Bulls. He has totaled 7 assists while tallying 20 yellow card warnings thus far in his career. Casseres has started 80 games during his soccer career and scores 0.16 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder from Venezuela has 13 goals scored in 7,110 minutes played.
Another guy who should impact this match is Fabio, the forward born in Brazil. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 7 times so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 28 goals. Fabio has 6,591 mins in 74 starting assignments and has been given 8 yellow cards. He scores 0.38 goals per 90 minutes thus far in his career.
The guy protecting the net for New York Red Bulls will be Carlos Miguel Coronel. Coronel has seen the pitch for a total of 3,199 mins and is sitting with 105 saves so far in his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.38 (49 goals surrendered) and his save % is 69.3. The goalie from Brazil has had 150 shots attempted at him in 35 starts. Coronel (15-6-14 record during his soccer career) has accounted for 10 shutouts, which has earned him a 28.6% shutout percentage.
In their last outing, Columbus walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 1-0 against Chicago. The Crew finished the match with a 73.3% successful dribble rate by completing 11 out of the 15 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 422 out of their 489 passing attempts for a percentage of 86.3%. Columbus had 2 shots on goal out of their 12 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 16.7% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having tallied 18 goals and 8 assists in all matches, Columbus averages 0.95 goals and 0.42 assists per 90.
Gyasi Zardes should be able to be counted on for Columbus Crew. The forward representing the United States has played 18,862 mins and he has scored 83 goals. He has 12 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 22 times. He sports an average of 0.40 G/90 and has started 209 games in his career. Make sure to watch out for Lucas Zelarayan, the midfielder who is from Argentina. Zelarayan has been handed 7 yellow card warnings in 11,709 minutes played (131 starts). His G/90 average during his soccer career is 0.31. He has totaled 40 goals thus far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 25 different times.
Eloy Room will be residing in front of the net for Columbus Crew. Room has accumulated 48 shutouts while seeing 998 shots against him in 19,011 minutes throughout his career. He has earned a save percentage of 72.6 and his clean sheet rate is currently 23.0%. He has given up 1.36 goals per 90 and he has earned a mark of 82-56-73. During his professional soccer career, Room has allowed 288 goals and has accumulated 716 stops in 209 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Columbus (+310)
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