Columbus Crew vs DC United:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Kick-off: 0:30 UK Time
Venue: Mapfre Stadium (Columbus).
Bottom of the Eastern Conference side Columbus Crew look for a win when they welcome DC United into the Mapfre Stadium on Saturday evening.
The unbeaten run of Columbus Crew continued over the week as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home on Wednesday by the visitors Toronto FC. Now they are without a win in the last 6 league games and one win from last 10. They are rightly at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with 17 points from 18 matches, averaging less than a point per game.
DC United are coming on the back of a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Philadelphia Union last Saturday. They were held to a 1-1 draw by a struggling Real Salt Lake in the previous fixture leaving them without a win in 2 matches. Also they had registered just one win from their last five fixtures, losing two and drawing 2. United are 8th in the Eastern Conference table, just 4 points above the bottom placed Crew SC.
Columbus Crew vs DC United: Head-to-Head Stats
- Overall (47 matches): Columbus Crew – 22 wins, DC United – 14 wins, Draws – 11.
- Columbus Crew at home vs DC United: (22 matches): 13 wins, 6 draws, 3 losses.
- The teams met each other three times during the last season. DC United won 2 of those fixtures, one at home and away, but losing one match at home.
- Columbus Crew are unbeaten in the last 8 home matches against DC United in the MLS. Their last defeat stretches back to the 2007 season.
Columbus Crew: Team News
Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter has plenty of injury concerns as the likes of Chad Barson, Conor Casey, Tony Tchani and Tyson Wahl are short on fitness and could miss out when Crew SC comes to town.
Columbus Crew: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Clark – Francis, Sauro, Parkhurst, Afful – Saeid, Trapp – Meram, Higuain, Finlay – Jimenez.
DC United: Team News
Defender Chris Korb is injured and miss the trip to Columbus, while Andrew Dykstra, Chris Rolfe and Markus Halsti are doubtful.
DC United: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Hamid – Kemp, Opare, Robinson, Franklin – Neagle, Sarvas, DeLeon, Nyarko – Acosta, Saborio.
Columbus Crew vs DC United: Prediction
Neither of these teams are in any sorts of form and struggling to find any consistency in their game. But Colombus Crew will be relying on the back of a moderate home form this season, on a 8 match unbeaten run, but also drawn 5 of the last 6 at Mapfre stadium.
Also, DC United haven’t won at the Mapfre Stadium since 2007 and I believe Crew SC will take at least a point from this encounter. Anyway, this is a risky one to call and it has a draw written all over it.
Columbus Crew vs DC United: Tips
- Double Chance: Columbus Crew/Draw.
- Under 3.5 goals.