MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Columbus vs DC United
Thursday, April 30th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Columbus and United face off for the first of three meetings in 2015, although they will not see each other again after this match until September. Columbus is coming off two straight league wins, outscoring Orlando City and Philadelphia 7 - 1 in back-to-back home games. The Crew now finds themselves alone in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Ethan Finlay took home the MLS Player of the Week honor with his two goals and an assist in last weekend's 4 - 1 win over the Union. Finlay assisted on the Kei Kamara goal to crack the score sheet in the 21st minute. Finlay then scored his first of two goals just after the half hour mark, while Columbus rallied for three goals in the first half.
Kamara, who was making his 200th appearance for the club, and Finlay then combined for the fourth goal that secured all three points for the Crew, who have not lost in their last four outings.
DC United once again is back in first place, although they are tied with New England at 11 points in the Eastern Conference standings, having played one less game than the Revolution.
United found three road points last weekend against Vancouver, in a 2 - 1 win after finding themselves down a goal less than two minutes into the match. This time United was the team making the comeback, as their recent trend has been getting a lead and failing to hold on to it late in the game.
Bobby Boswell took a feed from Michael Farfan in the 9th minute to equalize the match and, in the 64th minute of the second half, Chris Rolfe secured three points for United, who has still only suffered one defeat in the 2015 season.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Columbus leads the recent series with 5 Wins, 3 Losses and 2 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Columbus Pk +100
United Pk -120
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
We mentioned Columbus leads the recent series, but it all has come recently, as they have won 3 and drawn twice in the last five meetings with United.
We know the pace Columbus plays with, as Gregg Berhalter certainly likes to see his teams be aggressive and offensive minded and we have taken advantage of it plenty.
Bill Hamid is still likely out of the United net, which means Andy Dykstra will once again be asked to fill the frame and attempt to keep Columbus out of his net. He has had limited opportunities for the club, and this will be his seventh start in the last two seasons, should Hamid not be a go. The question will be how to slow down this Columbus crew squad, who has poured in seven goals in their last two outings, and come in with confidence after having won two of their last three games at RFK as well.
Goals is the prediction, because no one is going to slow down this Crew club for 90 minutes. They can stretch the field, have the ability to put dangerous balls in the 18-yard box, and have enough talent to finish drives with Kamara and Finlay leading the way.
United can score as well, and has not lost at home in four games at RFK this season, while scoring five of their eight goals in front of their fans.
We are suggesting this Over 2.5 at a reasonable -105, basically because it is hard to envision the Crew coming out flat against a United team that they have always played well against. DC should find the net as well, so we just have to hope they don't settle for the 1 - 1 draw. We do expect them both to score as the line setters do, offering a -140 on the 'both to score' prop bet.