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MLS Soccer Betting: Philadelphia vs Columbus

  • Friday, April 24th, 2015

    By  Ej Garr

    Philadelphia-at-Columbus odds

    MLS Odds: Columbus and Philadelphia will square off three times this season, and this will be the only one of the three that are played at Columbus' MAPFRE Stadium. Philadelphia has surrendered a league high 13 goals on the season, although they did change the goalie to John McCarthy recently, as we have discussed. Already he has given up a goal in each of his starts and has yet to keep a clean sheet, with a win, draw, and loss in his first three starts.

    Philadelphia let a one-goal lead evaporate in the second half after going to the locker room 1 - 0 on the strength of a Cristian Maidana goal just before the first half came to an end.Charlie Davies and Teal Bunbury scored in the 64th and 76th minute, respectively, to give New England three points in a 2 - 1 win over the Union.

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    Columbus' Kei Kamara will be making his 200th appearance in a Crew uniform, and he was quoted as saying, “I am very excited to be making my 200th appearance at home in front of our fans.”

    Please don't forget it is dollar night at the stadium this weekend, so all beers and brats will only be a buck at the game. That should be a good enough reason to get to the park and support the club, and make sure you tip your bartenders!Seriously though, Columbus is 2 - 1 at home and has scored six goals, while scoring in each game, so they know how to keep their fans behind them.

    Last 12 MLS Meetings:

    These two teams have met 12 times in MLS action in their history, with Columbus leading the series with 8 wins, 3 losses, and a draw.

    1x2 3-Way Lines:

    Philadelphia +355

    Columbus -125

    Draw +275

    Handicap/Spread Odds:

    Philadelphia +0.5 +105

    Columbus -0.5 -125

    Total O/U 2.5:

    Over -115

    Under -105

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    Quick Analysis & Prediction

    Quick Analysis:

    Columbus has scored in each home game, and Philly hasn't found a keeper who can keep the ball out of the net yet, so the two combined can certainly lead us to a play on this total. Columbus at -125 to take three points is not the worst line out there, and we certainly understand why many people will likely put that in their pending picks section come game time, but the value isn't really screaming at us around here.

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    Prediction:

    You guessed it, the total is going to make our board here, and the -115 on the Over 2.5 is more than reasonable enough, expecting at worst a 2 - 1 scoreline to cash the ticket. Until Philadelphia learns how to stop anyone other than Colorado, which happened on opening day, we can expect that Columbus should have no problem breaking them down at home.

    Columbus loves this crowd, and we expect some early fireworks, and possibly a 1 - 1 halftime score. All we will be looking for is that third goal that hopefully comes by the hour mark, so we can spend the last half hour of the match with dollar brats and beers!