Crew Determined to Bounce Back
Prior to the start of the season, we chose Atlanta United as one of the dark horses to dethrone New York City FC. Despite a rocky start from the Five Stripes, that hasn’t changed. They’re one victory away from returning to the playoff-zone and have been considerably better when playing at home. In fact, they haven’t lost at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
As for the Columbus Crew, the Black and Gold have gone three straight matches without winning. They’re one loss away from falling to last place in the Eastern Conference. As expected, the Crew come in as the betting online underdogs at +310, but again, they’re in a must win situation.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports and MLS odds for Atlanta United vs Columbus Crew. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Atlanta United Not Afraid
Yes, the Five Stripes have three straight games without winning in all competitions as well. However, they’ve put up a very good fight in each match. First, they lost 3-2 to Nashville SC in the Round of 32 of the U.S. Open Cup. That may end up being a good thing because now they can fully focus on the MLS.
Speaking of the MLS, Atlanta’s last two games finished 2-2. First, they drew to the New England Revolution at home. Most recently, it was against Nashville on the road. Prior to that, the Five Stripes defeated the Chicago Fire 4-1. No matter where they play, they aren’t afraid to attack. And that’s without Josef Martinez, who was expected to return last week but suffered a minor setback.
Scoring isn’t the problem, meaning the defense needs to improve as soon as possible. The Five Stripes allowed at least one goal in their last six games. In total, they’ve allowed 18 goals. To give you a better idea, the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Union have allowed nine goals in total.
Martinez remains out, but the good news is that veteran Dom Dwyer is back. That’s another reason for Atlanta to dominate the soccer odds. That and the fact that its home record is 3-3-0.
Columbus Crew: Something’s Missing
The Columbus Crew had a solid start to the season, but things drastically changed after losing to Nashville SC in Matchday 4. Since then, the Black and Gold only won one of eight games in all competitions. They even lost to Detroit City FC in the Round of 32 of the U.S. Open Cup. That’s a team from the USL Championship.
Something’s missing, especially on offense. Last week, the Crew lost 2-0 to Los Angeles FC. Prior to that, they lost 2-0 to New York City FC. A few weeks back, they drew 0-0 to Sporting KC. Yeah, maybe they shouldn’t have traded Gyasi Zardes to the Colorado Rapids.
Anyway, Miguel Berry and Lucas Zelarayan must wake up for the Crew to stand a chance. Yes, it all comes down to that. Defensively, Columbus owns the fourth-best unit in the Eastern Conference by allowing only 1.25 goals per game.
The Black and Gold, who haven’t won on the road, are offering a +310 price in the sportsbook. All of the above doesn’t sound good, but the urgency to win makes Columbus a tempting underdog. After all, we’re talking about the 2020 champions.
Atlanta United vs Columbus Crew Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 13
- Atlanta United Victories: 6 (19 goals)
- Columbus Crew Victories: 6 (18 goals)
- Draws: 1
Last season, these two met twice. First, the Columbus Crew went to Atlanta and won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Jonathan Mensah. One month later, the Five Stripes took revenge by defeating the Crew 3-2 in Columbus. Ezequiel Barco was the Man of the Match after scoring twice.
As you can see, we’re talking about a very even series. So even, that both scored 12 goals in total over their last 10 encounters.
Atlanta United vs Columbus Crew Game Information
- Date: Saturday
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
- Atlanta United vs Columbus Crew Live Stream: fubo.tv
Atlanta United vs Columbus Crew Betting Lines
|Atlanta United||-½ -110||-110||2½ -110o||1½ Evo / 1½ -130u|
|Columbus||+½ -120||+310||2½ -120u||½- 215o / ½ +170u|
Atlanta United vs Columbus Crew Prediction
Besides the fact that Atlanta United is the better team, Columbus’ problems won’t be solved until they sign an experienced striker. That’s why this is the perfect opportunity for Atlanta’s defensive unit to regain some confidence. It’s also the perfect opportunity for you to win by including the under in your soccer picks. That has happened in six of the last 10 meetings between the two and things haven’t changed much.
Score Prediction: Atlanta United 1, Columbus Crew 0