Orlando City SC vs Columbus Crew Prediction, 9/4/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando City SC vs Columbus Crew
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (-117) Columbus (+348)
Nani and Orlando City (9-8-4, 2nd in Eastern Conference) play the Columbus Crew (7-6-9, 8th in Eastern Conference) at Exploria Stadium on Saturday. The starting goaltenders are Mason Stajduhar for Orlando City and Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew. The Lions are priced at -117 while the Crew are at +348. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Orlando played Miami in their most recent match and walked away with a draw with a final of 0-0. The Lions tried 18 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 6 of the attempts for a rate of 33.3%. In the passing game, they ended with a 88.9% rate by converting 455 out of their 512 pass attempts last contest.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Orlando walked away from the pitch at a 7.7% clip by putting 1 shot on target of 13 total shots. Orlando is averaging 1.43 goals per 90 (30 total goals) and have 25 assists in all competitions for this campaign.
Nani is a player who should be able to impact this game for Orlando City. Nani has been a starter in 301 contests during his career and tallies 0.31 G/90. The forward hailing from Cape Verde has 91 goals in 26,818 minutes played. He has totaled 90 assists while accumulating 54 yellow card warnings during his career.
Another guy who could decide the outcome is Benji Michel, the forward representing Haiti. Michel has been on the field for 3,001 minutes in 30 career starting assignments and has been given 3 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 6 times so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 14 total goals. He averages 0.42 goals per 90 so far in his career.
The man who will defend the goal for Orlando City SC will be Mason Stajduhar. Stajduhar has been on the pitch for 2,250 minutes and has tallied 56 stops in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.80 (45 total goals conceded) and he holds a save % of 60.9. The keeper from the United States has faced 92 shots attempted at him in 25 starts. Stajduhar (5-10-10 record during his career) has recorded 3 shutouts, which has earned him a 12.0% clean sheet percentage.
In their last game, Columbus earned three points by winning 3-2 against Cincinnati. The Crew earned a 57.7% successful dribble percentage by converting 15 of the 26 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this match by converting 372 of the 446 attempted passes for a rate of 83.4%. Columbus had 11 shots on goal out of their 22 shots tried earning them a 50.0% rate in their last game. Having accumulated 22 goals and 8 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. He scores 0.31 goals per 90 and has been a starter in 133 games during his soccer career. The midfielder representing Argentina has 11,935 professional minutes and has scored 41 goals. He has totaled 7 yellow card warnings so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 25 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Erik Hurtado, the forward who is from the United States. He has collected 20 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 13 different times. Hurtado has been handed 9 yellow cards in 7,423 mins (74 career starting assignments). His G/90 average during his soccer career is 0.24.
Eloy Room is expected to look after the net for Columbus Crew. In his career, Room has given up 293 goals while earning 724 saves in 212 starts. He has allowed 1.37 goals per 90 minutes and he has a mark of 83-56-75. He holds a save % of 72.5 and his shutout rate is currently 22.6%. Room has totaled 48 shutouts while seeing 1,011 shots tried against him in 19,281 career mins.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Columbus (+348)
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