New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew SC
|Date & Time||Saturday June 9, 2018, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: NYC +265 / Crew +101 / Draw +274 -- Over/Under: 3
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Columbus Crew SC and New York Red Bulls meet Saturday in MLS soccer action at MAPFRE Stadium.
Columbus Crew SC look to keep the ball rolling, as this club has earned points in each of their last eight games and haven’t lost a match since April 14 on the road against DC United. Columbus Crew SC is getting the job done with arguably the best defense in the MLS, allowing 13 goals in 15 matches and posting clean sheets in five of their last six matches. No team in the MLS currently has allowed fewer goals than Columbus Crew SC, something that could lead this team to the best recored in the East if this form continues. Gyasi Zardes leads Columbus with nine goals, Federico Higuain has six assists and Harrison Afful has 31 shots.
New York Red Bulls have earned points in five of their last six matches, but they are coming off a 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution. New York Red Bulls are a heavy offensive club that’s produced 27 goals in their 12 matches and have been shutout once in their last 10 matches. New York Red Bulls have earned points in seven of the 10 matches this season in which they’ve scored at least one goal. And while they’re fun to watch, three of the New York Red Bulls four losses have come on the road this season. Bradley Wright-Phillips leads the Red Bulls with nine goals, Alejandro Romero Gamarra has nine assists and Daniel Royer has 31 shots.
New York Red Bulls are 3-1-1 against Columbus Crew SC in the last five meetings, but did lose the last meeting 3-2 back in September. Each of the last four meetings between these clubs have produced at least two goals.
New York Red Bulls have had their struggles on the road this season and are sure to struggle against the defensive pressure of this match. Columbus Crew SC is a frustrating team to play, as it slows the game down and doesn’t give any quality looks to its opponent. Overall, you have to love how Columbus Crew SC is playing and find it a tough side to bet against.
I’m backing the home team here.