Atlanta United FC vs Columbus Crew Prediction, 5/28/2022 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta United FC vs Columbus Crew
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (-135) Columbus (+300)
Marcelino Moreno and Atlanta United (4-4-4, 8th in Eastern Conference) host the Columbus Crew (3-4-5, 12th in Eastern Conference) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday. The expected starting goalies will be Bobby Shuttleworth for Atlanta United and Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew. The 5 Stripes are priced at -135 while the Crew are at +300. The total opens at 2.5.
Atlanta faced off with Nashville in their most recent match and got the draw with a final of 2-2. When discussing the passing game, they finished this match with a 89.3% passes received rate by completing 392 of the 439 pass targets in their last game. The 5 Stripes tried 10 dribbles in this outing and successfully completed 4 of those attempts for a percentage of 40.0%.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Atlanta wrapped this game up at a 28.6% rate by putting 4 shots on target of 14 total shots. Atlanta averages 1.58 goals per 90 (19 goals in total) and have accumulated 10 assists in all matches for the season.
Marcelino Moreno is a player who should impact this matchup for Atlanta United. Moreno has been in the starting lineup in 119 contests during his soccer career and has 0.15 goals per 90. The forward born in Argentina has 17 goals scored in 10,284 mins. He has totaled 17 assists while accumulating 12 yellow cards in his career.
Another player who could decide the outcome is Thiago Almada, the forward born in Argentina. He has assisted on a goal 8 times during his career and he has scored 14 total goals. Almada has accumulated 4,378 mins in 44 career starting assignments and has been handed a total of 5 yellow card cautions. He is averaging 0.29 goals per 90 mins so far in his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Atlanta United FC is Bobby Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth has defended the goal for a total of 21,548 mins and has earned 733 saves so far in his career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.58 (379 goals given up) and he has a save % of 67.3. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has had 1,104 shots attempted at him in 238 starts. Shuttleworth (81-52-107 record in his career) has accounted for 53 shutouts, which gives him a 22.3% shutout rate.
The last time they took the field, Columbus took a loss by a score of 2-0 against Los Angeles. The Crew finished with a 65.0% successful dribble rate by completing 13 of the 20 dribbles they attempted. They finished the contest by converting 459 of the 506 passing attempts earning a rate of 90.7%. Columbus landed 3 shots on target out of their 10 shots tried which gave them a 30.0% rate in their last game. With a total of 15 goals and 9 assists in all matches, Columbus averages 1.25 goals and 0.75 assists per 90.
Derrick Etienne will need to provide a lift for Columbus Crew. The forward representing the United States has been on the field for 9,927 professional minutes while scoring 24 goals. He has 13 yellow cards so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 23 times. He is averaging 0.22 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 109 games in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Miguel Berry, the forward hailing from Spain. He has collected 16 goals so far in his career while helping on a goal 4 different times. Berry has been given a total of 1 yellow card in 2,594 minutes played (31 starts). His goals per 90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.56.
Eloy Room will be residing in front of the net for Columbus Crew. Room has accumulated 53 shutouts while seeing 1,086 shots tried against him in 21,261 career mins. He is the owner of a save % of 72.3 and his shutout rate is currently 22.6%. He has given up 1.35 goals per 90 mins while holding a mark of 91-62-83. So far in his pro soccer career, Room has allowed 318 goals while earning 775 saves in 234 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Columbus (+300)
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