FC Dallas vs Columbus Crew Prediction, 9/23/2023 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: FC Dallas vs Columbus Crew
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Location: Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (+162) Columbus (+156)
The Crew (14-6-9) are headed to Toyota Stadium on Saturday where they will attempt to beat FCD (10-8-10). The Crew are priced at +156 while FCD is at +162. The total comes in at 2.5. The goalies protecting the net are Maarten Paes for Dallas and Patrick Schulte for Columbus.
Dallas has relinquished 32 goals while conceding 1.14 G/90, and their opponents are sitting with 114 shots on target against them. They have amassed 6 clean sheets, which has them sitting at a percentage of 21.4% on the year. Dallas has accounted for 60 yellow cards on the year and also 2 red cards. The Toros rank 26th concerning xG having 30.4, and the team's expected goals against sit at 29.3. On the season, the squad has put together an average of 1.36 pts per match (38 pts) and they also sit at 9th in soccer with 29 assists. Their goal differential is currently at 1 by way of 33 goals accumulated as well as 32 goals conceded. FC Dallas has accounted for 84 saves and also hold a save % of 72.8 on the season.
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The Columbus Crew have amassed 60 goals and this squad's goals expected this year is currently at 48.5. Their goals against per 90 min is currently at 1.41 in addition to 89 saves, and they have tallied 8 shutouts. On the year, Columbus has a save percentage of 70.5 (129 SoTA), and also rank 5th in soccer with 48 points. Columbus has a rank of 1st for goals surrendered having 41, and the squad's goal difference is at 19. Columbus has accounted a CS% of 27.6% so far this season and also 53 yellow cards. The Crew are averaging 1.66 pts/match while totaling 44 assists and 1 red card.
The man defending the goal for Dallas will be Maarten Paes. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.31 (368 goals allowed) and he holds a save % of .717. Paes (108-79-94 mark in his career) has recorded 66 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 23.7% shutout percentage. Paes has been on the field for 25,232 mins and has 920 saves so far in his pro soccer career. The goalie born in the Netherlands has faced 1,284 shots sent in his direction in 279 starting assignments.
Patrick Schulte will be residing in front of the goal for Columbus. He has surrendered 1.46 goals per 90 while he holds a record of 13-5-8. Schulte has recorded 7 clean sheets while defending 119 shots tried against him in 2,340 career minutes. So far in his career, Schulte has given up 38 goals and has totaled 82 saves in 26 starting assignments. He holds a save % of .689 and his clean sheet rate is currently 26.9%.
Alan Velasco is one guy who can be a force in the game for Dallas. He has 12 assists while tallying 19 yellow card warnings so far in his career. The forward hailing from Argentina has racked up 9 goals in 5,741 professional minutes. Velasco has started 68 outings during his pro soccer career and accounts for 0.14 goals per 90 mins.
Columbus is being led by Darlington Nagbe, who defenders will be preparing in this game. The midfielder from the United States has been on the pitch for 31,845 professional minutes while he has scored 37 goals. He is averaging 0.10 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 367 contests so far in his pro soccer career. He has 18 yellow card warnings so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 33 times.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Dallas (+162)
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