MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Columbus vs New England
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: As the first half of the season comes to a close, New England and Columbus each enter their encounter at MAPFRE Stadium struggling to find consistency. The New England Revolution has somehow managed to cling to the second position in the Eastern Conference with 24 points despite only having one win in their last eight MLS outings, which doesn't include the loss in the U.S Open Cup to a USL club this past week as well.
The Revs will be without Jermaine Jones for up to two months, while having only played nine games this season due to his first sports hernia surgery in the off-season. He again went under the knife this pastFridayfor a second sports hernia surgery. There is certainly enough in place for Jay Heaps that we would think could avoid long runs of poor results, with Davies, Nguyen, Bunbury and Aguidelo in the front four, even without Jones in the fray.
Charlie Davies got things started nicely for the Revs this past weekend, scoring in the 10th minute on the road at RFK Stadium in a rival game with DC United. After an almost seamless first half, taking a 1 - 0 lead to the locker room, the second half was where the stories unfolded. Oh, and the Revs themselves folded.
DC United scored twice with a brace from Chris Rolfe, while holding New England to a single shot on goal in the last 45 minutes, with the Revs eventually losing 2 - 1 when it was over.
New England has six teams within seven points of them now, and the heads up loss to Conference leaders United last weekend didn't help their cause one bit. Jay Heaps has got to do something to motivate his squad again, because the West leading Whitecaps are coming to visit Gillette Stadiumon Saturdaytoo, so there is no rest for the weary.
Columbus also has been struggling, and are among the group of four teams with 17 points, at least for now with playoff positioning. The Crew will be a bit busy this week, as they will play three games in seven days, wrapping up the month of June where they play a total of seven overall matches. Columbus will travel to Utah to play Salt Lakeon Saturday, and onJune 30th, they host Orlando City at MAPFRE Stadium in the U.S Open Cup round of 16.
Columbus has gone six straight without a win in league play, although they have not played since their U.S Cup game on June 13, which will hopefully give them enough time to navigate this week of big games ahead.
Last year the two met five times, which included a playoff encounter and eventually led New England to the MLS Finals. Columbus took two of the three regular season games, but were unable to stop the Revs offense that was in full gear at the perfect time. The two played to a relatively quiet 0 - 0 draw in the first meeting this year at Gillette Stadium.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
New England lead the recent series with 7 Wins, 2 Losses and a Draw in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
New England +310
Columbus -0.5 -115
New England +0.5 -105
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
The Crew are naturally favored at home, and although they are normally a much better squad in front of their fans, they have lost one, and drawn twice in their last three home games.
We are starting to wonder if Jay Heaps is losing control of this Revs locker room, and we assume most outlets will say they will be fine in the long run and figure it out, but things are not going smoothly especially after an early exit from the U.S Open Cup.
With the Revs having absolutely no consistency to speak of, and the expectation that the Crew will not go four straight home games without a win, we will suggest that -115 on the 3-Way line with the home side.
Columbus should come out of MAPFRE with a win if they expect this next week to go smoothly, so let's see if they grab all three points for us.