MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Columbus vs San Jose
Friday, May 15th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Columbus Crew is making their first and only appearance at San Jose's new Avaya Stadium this year, making it the last game on theSaturdayschedule at10:30 p.m. PT. The road has not been a friendly place for the Crew thus far, having an 0 - 2 - 2 record in four games away from MAPFRE Stadium. In all, however, getting two of those draws against Vancouver and New England are certainly seen as a positive result, although they have only scored two road goals.
Last weekend, the Crew used that home field advantage to take out the Sounders, after a big 3 - 2 win with two goals from Kei Kamara to help seal the three points. Kamara is listed as questionable for this weekend's game however, with a left groin strain.
Mohammed Saeid and Wil Trapp are also listed as questionable, which could leave the front of the pitch in unfamiliar hands if the three of them can't go.
San Jose had even more injury news hit them this week, as Innocent Emeghara tore his meniscus and will be out 4 - 6 months. He joins forwards Steven Lenhart and Mark Sherrod on the sidelines, who have been held out of action all season due to injury. Counting on Chris Wondolowski week in and week out to carry the load is a rather large request, although he has done admirably so far this season with five goals and 28 shots this season.
No other player on the roster has scored more than once, or had more than 13 shots taken, so there is room for concern on who will produce up front other than Wondolowski.
Both teams enter the weekend in fourth place in their respective conferences with 14 points, and we have seen that the recent battles between these two, are always tight games. Five of the last six meetings have ended 1 - 1 or 0 - 0, and there were six draws in the last seven games played between the two.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
In the last 10 MLS meetings, each team has 2 Wins, while playing to 6 draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
San Jose +165
Columbus Pk -105
San Jose Pk -115
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
The line setters are almost pointing to the fact that they expect another low-scoring, draw type of game, and we have shown you in the stats why they have the reasons to anticipate it. This is when you have to think a little outside of the box, and not just assume that because the recent history points you in a certain direction, that it will be enough to make a reasonable play on the match.
It might not be a question of who plays better, as opposed who makes the costly mistakes. With Kamara possibly out for Columbus, and San Jose counting on Wondolowski, it doesn’t favor goal scoring.
Columbus has a pressing, up tempo team for sure, but again it is hard to think that they can manage that pace without the finishing ability of Kamara, because he is the biggest threat on this game if he goes. At the same token, how much will he be able to give with a groin strain? If he is playing cautious with the concern of an injury, that could land him out for much longer than one or two games if the groin goes.
The more you sit back and try to come up with a possible score line in your head, the only thing that comes up is the fact that these two offenses might not be able to do a damn thing.
Columbus has been terrible away from home, and San Jose is 2 - 1 at Avaya Stadium, even with all their absences. With the odds of Kamara sitting this one out or at least not being 100 percent healthy, we can simply chase the San Jose Pk at -115, with the Draw no Bet action in place.