While the Columbus Crew are twelfth in the MLS Eastern Conference after only winning one of their first four games, Atlanta United is one of two undefeated teams and sits in first place. Even so, the soccer odds slightly favor the Crew since they only lost one of their last 12 games at home.
Columbus Crew: Home Sweet Home
The Columbus Crew opened the season on the road with a 4-1 defeat against the Philadelphia Union. Most recently, they visited the New York Red Bulls and lost 2-1 on Saturday. If you followed our advice of wagering on the over, you’re totally welcome. The Crew had one more game on the road, drawing 1-1 to Toronto FC.
Things were completely different in their only match at home, in which they defeated DC United 2-0, with Lucas Zelarayan as Man of the Match after scoring a brace. The defense also deserves much praise because they lost possession and finished with fewer shots but still got a clean sheet.
Summing up, playing at home really makes a difference for the Crew, and I’m not just talking about this one game. Columbus has lost only one of its last 12 home games in February and March since 2017.
That’s exactly why Columbus comes in as the betting online favorite at +155.
Atlanta United: Sweeping
Besides remaining undefeated thanks to a 3-1-0 record, no other team in the league has scored more goals than Atlanta United with 11. And only Nashville SC has conceded fewer goals in the Eastern Conference.
On Saturday, Atlanta showed no mercy and crushed the Portland Timbers 5-1. Caleb Wiley, Thiago Almada, Giorgos Giakoumakis and Luiz Araujo were the scorers. Almada scored a brace, including a beautiful free-kick goal.
𝐖𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝟖𝟖.𝟔% 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐭𝐞…
Of course Thiago wins @MLS Goal of the Week 💥 pic.twitter.com/GHk4gNU61p
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) March 22, 2023
Atlanta also did great in its only road match so far, defeating Charlotte FC 3-0 with Wiley as Man of the Match after scoring a brace. Therefore, you can expect Almada and Wiley to be highly motivated since they’re the league’s top two scorers with four and three goals, respectively.
The Five Stripes are offering a +165 price on soccer betting lines to win straight up. Not bad for a team that’s off to the best start in club history.
Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 15
- Columbus Crew Victories: 7 (22 goals)
- Atlanta United Victories: 6 (22 goals)
- Draws: 2
Here’s another reason for the Crew to be in control of the soccer lines: Columbus has won five of its last seven matches against Atlanta. Last season, it won 2-1 at Mercedes-Benz stadium with Jonathan Mensah and Erik Hurtado as the scorers. Later, at Lower.com Field, it came from behind to save a point thanks to Cucho Hernandez, who scored a brace.
Don’t expect Atlanta to give up easily, though. Both teams scored in four of their last five meetings, with the total going over 2½ in each match. According to the Las Vegas odds, the over for Saturday’s clash is offering a -125 price.
Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United Match Information
- Match: Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United FC
- Date: Saturday, March 25
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Lower.com Field, Columbus, OH
- Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United Live Stream: fubo.tv
Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United Betting Lines
Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United Picks and Prediction
After winning the MLS Cup in 2020, the Columbus Crew became an average team. Plus, its home victory is misleading since no other team in the Eastern Conference has allowed more goals than DC United. On the other hand, Atlanta United is on fire despite having traded Josef Martinez, a club legend. If you were looking for an underdog to include in your soccer picks, the Five Stripes are the answer.
The Columbus Crew are listed at +155 in our Vegas MLS lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Columbus Crew, you have a chance to win $155. The Atlanta United are +165, offering a chance to win $165 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Columbus Crewa 39.22% chance to win, with Atlanta United at 37.74%.