MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Columbus vs NYCFC
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Columbus Crew and NYCFC waited until the middle of August to face each other for the first time in MLS action, and it won't be long until they meet again. With two meetings in 11 days, the two teams will get to know each other quickly as they face off at Yankee Stadium onAugust 29.
The Crew find themselves 10 points back of Eastern Conference leading DC United, and five points behind the Red Bulls who enter the week in second place. Columbus is tied with 34 points alongside New England in the table, and the Crew have ten games remaining to the Revolution's nine.
Columbus enters their mid-week match after picking up only their second away win of the season, which came at Dick's Sporting Goods Park against the Rapids last weekend. The Crew went down 1 - 0 just before halftime after Bobby Burling headed home a Sanchez free kick.
Kei Kamara came to the rescue of the Crew once again, scoring two goals in the second half to secure three points on the road, while the Rapids were left losing their second consecutive home effort.
NYCFC is looking for only their second back-to-back win streaks of the season when they head to MAPFRE Stadiumon Wednesday. The last time NYCFC won two straight was back in early June, when they defeated Philadelphia and Montreal onJune 6 and 13, respectively.
The expansion side had a terrific second half against Conference leaders DC United in their last outing, despite being down 1 - 0 going in to halftime.
Alvaro Saborio continued his success since making the move to DC, scoring first in the game on the 36-minute mark, but three different goal scorers for NYC helped the MLS newcomers to a 3 - 1 win at Yankee Stadium.
Thomas McNamara got the scoring started in the 51st minute for New York, as he leveled the game at one before David Villa broke the tie in the 80th minute. With United pressing forward to find an equalizing goal to salvage a point, they got caught up field and Kwadwo Kopu put the game away with two minutes remaining in regulation time.
NYC enters the game with a handful of players on the MLS injury report, with three players already lost for the duration of the season.
Javier Calle is out with a hamstring injury, and four players are listed as questionable.
Frank Lampard suffered a quad injury, while Khiry Shelton is also dealing with a similar quad injury.
Ned Grabavoy is likely out dealing with his right adductor injury, and Chris Wingert has a hamstring injury that will make him a game-time decision against the Crew.
Columbus has no injuries to speak of, and are the healthiest they have been all season.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
First ever MLS meeting
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Columbus -0.5 -125
NYC +0.5 +105
Total O/U 3:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
Frank Lampard continues to be a waste of money, as he is again out of the lineup after barely making an impression in his appearances this season for New York.
Each team will have a game to play before Columbus and NYC meet again onAugust 29, with NYC heading to Los Angeles to take on the defending MLS champs, while Columbus will be staying home to face Sporting KC.
The back of the net should be tickled early and often in this affair, and we completely understand why the line setters are offering a straight 3 on the total with marginal juice of -115.
No need to speculate on that around here, because that total should come crashing in with plenty of time to spare. Even with a 2 - 1 score, the money we invest would be given right back to us should they get stuck on the three goals, but we know these two clubs don't stop, and hopefully will find that fourth goal to cash the ticket outright.
The Over 3 at -115 goes on the board for the mid-week encounter at MAPFRE Stadium between Columbus and NYCFC.