Free MLS Pick Columbus Crew vs. NYCFC
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Weekly MLS Handicapping
Columbus Crew vs. NYCFC
Date: Saturday, May 22nd
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey
MLS Moneyline Odds: +450/+280/-150
MLS Spread Betting Odds: OFF
MLS Betting Total: 2.5
The Columbus Crew have not started out the season all that well, and things do not get a whole lot easier for them, as they take on one of the better teams in the MLS with NYCFC who will be looking to pick up these three points on their home field and move closer to first place in the conference.
The Columbus Crew started out the season pretty well, but they have since dropped two games in a row and worrying most, is the competition it came against, as they lost to TFC and the New England Revolution.
That last game against the Revolution was very disappointing, as they defended valiantly, but lost to a 86th minute winner by Adam Buksa. That will likely need to be the tactics this team needs to employ in order to get results, as they do not have a ton of talent in the final third of the pitch, so defending hard and trying to hit on the counter attack is likely to result in the most points for the Crew.
Columbus should lineup in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Gyasi Zardes up front who is an excellent striker who has 78 MLS goals, but you do fear that he will not be used to his full effectiveness given the lack of talent around him.
NYCFC is in a much different boat then the Columbus Crew, as they have a bevy of talent going forward and they should look to be pushing the pace here to score as early as possible so Columbus is forced to open up early on.
Valentin Castellanos is a very talented player who already has scored 4 times, and I do not see that pace slowing down anytime soon, as he both can finish chances created for him, as well as being creative enough to create his own scoring chances when on the ball.
Castellanos works very well with Jesus Medina who plays just in behind him in the formation, and Medina is quite the player himself scoring 4 goals and acting as an excellent play maker in the midfield.
It will also be interesting to see how NYCFC’s newest signing Magno will fair early on at his new club, as he showed a lot of promise at Vasco Da Gama and it would not be surprising to see him making an impact at some point this year.
Free Columbus Crew vs NYCFC MLS Prediction:
Despite only getting 2 points from their last 2 games NYCFC has looked excellent in those games and were the better team for the vast majority of those contests and I think that solid play will finally pay off here with 3 points.
Columbus is going to try and defend hard here, but their are simply too many attacking options for this New York team and once they score their first goal Columbus will need to open up and at that point NYCFC should be able to pull away.
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