Columbus Crew vs Nashville
Major League Soccer (MLS),
Date: Thursday, 22 July 2021
Kick-off 00:30 UK/ 01:30 CET
Venue: Lower.com Field.
Columbus Crew and Nashville are set to lock horns in one of the most exciting mid-week fixtures in MLS.
With only two points separating the two sides in the top half of the Eastern Conference standings, we can call this a genuine derby of the Matchday in the top flight of American football.
Both outfits will come into the game on a high, following five displays in the weekend’s wins over New York City and Chicago Fire respectively.
Columbus Crew managed their first win in five MLS games on Saturday evening when Darlington Nagbe and Lucas Zelarayan struck in a 2-1 victory over New York City.
The “Man of the Match” award, however, went to goalkeeper Eloy Room who made some spectacular saves to help the Crew keep their hardly-earned lead on the occasion.
Crew SC generally have the best defensive record on the East and the second best overall, namely courtesy of Eloy Room.
Nashville, on the other side, enjoyed a historical weekend. They celebrated the largest victory in their history in the 5-1 thumping of Chicago Fire.
The mentioned win has also seen the fastest hat-trick in MLS history as Hany Mukhtar bagged three goals within the opening 16 minutes of the affair on Saturday night.
The Tennessee side will enter this game having lost just 1 of 13 league outings this term (the fewest in the league).
Nevertheless, the visitors (who are winless on the road ahead of the fourth game away from home this season) are yet to record back-to-back wins this year in MLS.
Columbus Crew vs Nashville Head-to-head
This will be the replay of the last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals. Back then (in November last year), Pedro Santos and Gyasi Zardes notched late goals in a 2-0 extra-time win for Columbus Crew.
Columbus Crew also celebrated a 2-0 home win over Nashville in regular season last year, in the match played two months before the mentioned playoffs tie.
This will only be the third head to head meeting between the two outfits.
Can Nashville finally score against the Crew?
Columbus Crew vs Nashville Prediction
Nashville boast the second-best attacking record on the East, but we are not too much confident about their chances at Lower.com Field on Wednesday evening. Nashville played only three away games this season and they are yet to celebrate a victory on the road.
Looking at Columbus’ home record and the scores from two H2H games from the last season, we just have to take the 2.37 odds offered for the home win pick here.
Columbus Crew vs Nashville Betting Tips
Crew to win @ 2.37 odd
Columbus Crew to keep a clean sheet @ 3.00 odd.