Columbus Crew vs New York City
Major League Soccer
Date: Tuesday, 31st October 2017
Kick-off at 23:30 UK
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus).
A wide open contest is on the cards when Columbus Crew welcome New York City FC for the first leg of Eastern Conference semifinal.
Crew SC finished fifth in the regular season and entered the conference eliminator where they got past Atalanta on penalties. The team continued their good run and are unbeaten in their last 11 games with 7 wins and 4 draws. The home record is exceptional as 7 wins came from their last 8. These are encouraging numbers for Gregg Berhalter as he prepare his team for the crucial tie against a star studded team like NYCFC.
Patrick Vieira’s side finished second in the Eastern Conference and thereby booked their direct entry to conference semifinals. Despite impressing for the majority of the season, NYCFC had some troubles at the tail end of the season. They won just 1 of their last 7 matches and the goals seemed to have dried up.
Columbus Crew vs New York City: Head-to-head
The teams share 2 wins each along with 3 draws in their 7 MLS meetings so far.
All 7 games saw both teams scoring and 6 of those recorded over 3.5 goals.
The 4 matches at MAPFRE Stadium saw 20 goals, which is an average of 5 goals per game as opposed to the 4 goals per game in those played at NYCFC’s home ground.
Columbus Crew vs New York City: Predictions
There is no doubt that this will be an entertaining affair with all of the previous 7 duels between the sides producing 32 goals and none of the team managed to keep a clean sheet. So you have first bet which could be a banker by backing both teams to score.
Comparing the forms, it is Crew SC who are red hot at the moment. They are unbeaten in the last 11, but the key point is their brilliant home record that saw 12 wins and 2 draws picked from 17 with 3 losses.
There is no doubt that NYCFC have the quality on their side, but they finished the regular season with 1 win from 7 games. Also, their away form leaves a poor impression after picking 6 wins all season. Yet, they were beaten just 7 times during the course, so they are well capable of getting a draw to take the penultimate match to the home turf.
Therefore, expect a fairly open contest on Tuesday evening and expect to see a lot of goals.
Correct Score Prediction: 2-2 @ 11.50.
Columbus Crew vs New York City: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score @ 1.52 is a banker.
Value is in backing Over 1.5 goals in the second half for 1.90 odd.
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