MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI NY Red Bulls vs Columbus
Friday, October 2nd, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: With the playoffs fast approaching, both the NY Red Bulls and Columbus Crew eye post-season positions in the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls have already punched their ticket through to the playoffs, and are still the only team in MLS who have earned their way there.
As we await who will be joining them, Columbus hopes they can clinch their way in this weekend, needing at least a draw from the outing at Red Bull Arena with their fate in their own hands.The Crew can still back in to the post-season if Orlando City doesn't win their match against Montreal at Stade Saputo, with that game starting a half hour after this affair.
The Crew blew their most recent opportunity to clinch a playoff berth last weekend at home, as the Portland Timbers walked in to MAPFRE Stadium and upset Columbus with a 2 - 1 result. Portland is clinging to the final position in the Western Conference standings as we enter the weekend.
Kei Kamara scored his league-leading 22nd goal of the season, which, at the time, tied the score at one, but a brace from the Timbers' Fernando Adi was the difference in the game.
The loss for the Crew was their fourth overall at MAPFRE Stadium this year, and their second in succession as they have one home game left remaining in the regular season. That game will come on the final day of the year against DC United, who are also hopeful to find their way to the post-season in the Eastern Conference.
One injury the Crew didn't need was to their new addition Jack McInerney, whose right hamstring saw him miss last weekend's outing against Portland. Chad Barson is out this weekend, and Gaston Sauro is questionable for the Crew as well.
The Red Bulls got stumped by Orlando City last weekend, allowing five goals in their 5 - 2 loss to the Lions, who are also clinging to their own playoff hopes in their inaugural season in MLS.
We simply did not see the same team that just earned the first post-season berth of the year two weekends ago.
With an own goal against them just a minute into the second half, and a red card to Matt Miazga that left the Red Bulls down 4 - 2 and down a man, Orlando City salvaged their own playoff hopes while leaving the Red Bulls with two losses in their last three games.
Miazga will miss both this weekend's match, and their next outing with Montreal as a result of the double booking he picked up last weekend.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
New York leads the recent series with 5 Wins, 3 Losses and 2 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
NYRB -0.5 -120
Columbus +0.5 +100
Total O/U 3:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
Columbus Crew Head Coach Greg Berhalter was asked in his weekly presser what he expected this weekend, and he basically revealed that he anticipated a fast-paced affair, and plenty of goals in the back of the net.
Usually we don't put too much stock in coaches’ comments, because, of course, no coach is going to reveal the true game plan or their expectations for the game at hand.
In this case though, we could not agree more with the fact that these two are going to get involved in a melee. The weather may also be a factor as the forecast calls for rain this weekend on the east coast.
While we agree with the pace that Berhalter expects to see, including that the weather will likely also be a factor, why wouldn’t we take a chance on this total?
If there is one thing we know about MLS over the last few years, it is the same thing we have mentioned numerous times in the two seasons of previews we have offered here at BetDSI. Goals come in droves when the stakes are high in MLS, and the line setters point to the Over as well, listing a -120 on the straight 3 to go Over.
Both teams have scored in the last five meetings, and the last four have all seen at least three goals, so we offer the Over 3 at -120, and expect to see at least the three we need to push the action at the worst.