MLS Soccer Betting: NYCFC vs Columbus
Friday, August 28th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: NYCFC and Columbus met for the first time in MLS action just 10 days previous, and the 2 - 2 draw left each team with a point as a result. Now the two switch venues, and gear up for their last meeting of the regular season at Yankee Stadiumon Saturday, with valuable points on the line as the playoffs draw near.
NYCFC has eight games remaining in their first MLS season, and the hope is to at least secure that final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference that they are currently tied for with Montreal and Orlando City.Montreal does have four games in hand over the new arrivals, however, despite all three teams having 28 points battling for the post-season berth.
NYCFC continues to deal with the constant absence of Frank Lampard, which is now starting to feel like a waste of an International roster spot as the English footballer has only appeared in two games since his arrival to the United States and MLS.
The New Yorkers were yet another victim of the Los Angeles Galaxy offense last weekend, as theSundaybattle saw the defending champs pound in five goals to continue their outrageous stretch of scoring, which we mentioned in the match preview.
The Galaxy has now scored 23 goals in their last six outings, updated from the 18 goals in five games they had entering last weekend's affair at StubHub Center with NYCFC.
While New York picks up the pieces of having won a single game in their last five outings, the Crew remain alone in third place in the East with 38 points, just a point behind the Red Bulls as they both chase DC United atop the standings.
Columbus will be playing three of their next four games on the road, and will be away from MAPFRE Stadium for five of their remaining eight games in the regular season.
The Crew have only one loss in their last seven outings, and that even includes two road wins, which was been a stumbling block for the Ohio-based unit all season.
With only two days off to prepare for their match with Kansas City last weekend, the Crew found two goals in the last 10 minutes of regulation to erase a 2 - 1 Kansas City lead late in the game.
Newest arrival Jack McInerney provided the game winning goal in the 88th minute, in only his second appearance since coming over from the Montreal Impact
Last MLS Meeting:
The two met on August 19 for the first time, and played to a 2 - 2 Draw at MAPFRE Stadium.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
NYC Pk -135
Columbus Pk +115
Total O/U 3:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Everyone has now adjusted to the smaller dimensions of Yankee Stadium, and the Over has hit in eight of the last nine games played in the Bronx.
The two scored twice in their first meeting at MAPFRE Stadium, and we expect more of the same to come this weekend so let's get to that prediction.
NYCFC might take the good with the bad when it comes to the aging Andrea Pirlo, as his ability to defend has gotten away from him, when in reality, the defense is what needs the most addressing. New York only trails Orlando City by two goals for the league lead in goals allowed.
You guessed it.
Once again we comply with the fact that goal scoring is the theme when Yankee Stadium opens its doors for a soccer game, so who are we to go against any of that now.
The Over 3 at a relatively decent +105 comes in as our offer in this affair, and there isn't much more that needs to be said about it.