MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Columbus vs New England
Friday, April 10th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: After a second straight rough start from New England to begin the season, things are starting to turn around for the team, with two straight wins coming after 2 losses and a draw. Columbus visits Gillette Stadiumon Saturday, looking to end New England's recent success over the team, including their playoff battle last year when the Revolution won 7 - 3 on aggregate in the Eastern Conference post-season last November.
Columbus had taken two of the three regular season meetings, and both were only separated by three points in the final standings of 2014. Columbus has a quick turnaround from their matchon Wednesdayin Vancouver, and will only have 2 days in between matches, so obviously they will not have much time to practice, much less recover from the 2 - 2 draw we saw at BC Place.
With the two successive wins that New England has picked up in their last two outings, the team is likely starting to see themselves where they anticipated they should be, back in third place in the standings and on their way towards another playoff appearance.
Granted, it is entirely too early to be talking about positioning in the table, but at the same token it takes the pressure off a head coach when they can talk about positive results at their press conferences and media sessions instead of talking about how the team is struggling.
Naturally, the revenge word comes into play here, as no one forgets who knocked you out of the past season's playoffs. We can assume that Columbus would say that they are looking forward to putting last year behind them. A big away win would certainly help Columbus here, although they were up 2 - 1 in Vancouver, but couldn't hold on to the three points. They had to settle for 1, albeit that a point away from home is usually seen as a mild success. We saw proof of that on the New England video entry that is on their home page. Darius Barnes spoke of how Columbus most likely hasn't forgotten what happened last year, saying, "It probably still stings and burns a little bit, and we expect them to come out with a bit of a chip on their shoulders."
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
New England holds the edge in the recent series, with 7 wins to 3 losses against Columbus in the last 10 MLS meetings. New England knocked Columbus out of the post-season last year as well, with two resounding wins in each game of the playoffs.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
New England +100
Columbus +0.5 -120
New England -0.5 +100
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
We expect this match to be as wide open as we just saw from Columbus in Vancouver, and New England certainly has no problem playing an up-and-down game at a quick pace. We can assume that New England remembers the success that they found in the post-season last year, finding the net 7 times in their home and home playoff battle, so with that said, let's get to our prediction.
In reading to our anticipation of this match, you probably already know where this is going that we expect these two to be finding the net early and often.It took some time for Columbus to open things upon Wednesday, but Kamara and company can certainly fill the score sheet when things are going right. It is not easy to score two on Vancouver and they did it within an hour of play.
New England could still be without Jermaine Jones, although he is back and practicing with the team and is still listed as day-to-day in the official report from the MLS home page. Coach Jay Heaps has been quoted as saying that if practice goes well leading up to the game, Jones could see some minutes here. Hopefully he gets back to the pitch and helps to contribute towards the Over 2.5 suggestion we are making for this match, with
-105 attached to the action.