Two seasons ago, the Columbus Crew won the MLS Cup. Last season, the New England Revolution were the best team during the regular season but ended up losing in the Conference Semifinals. In other words, we’re talking about good teams that always aim for the title.
The Crew will arrive at Saturday’s game on an eight-game unbeaten run, while the Revs will try to avoid a third consecutive loss. Prior to that, they didn’t lose in 10 straight games, that’s why we could say they’re a tempting online betting underdog.
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Columbus Crew: Turning Things Around
Last season, the Columbus Crew didn’t qualify for the playoffs. This season, they had a rocky start. Now, they’re on an unbeaten streak, which has allowed them to remain in the Eastern Conference top six.
Most recently, the Crew played host to CF Cincinnati and won 2-0. Cucho Fernandez and Lucas Zelarayan were the scorers. Hernandez, who has scored in the team’s last three games, became the eighth player in MLS history to score in his first three games. Zelarayan is also having a great season as he has scored five goals and made nine assists.
Columbus owns a 4-2-3 record when playing at home, not the best, but the Black and Gold lost only one of their last five matches at Lower.com Field. Plus, they scored in five of those eight games and finished with a clean sheet four times.
The Crew dominates the soccer odds thanks to a +105 price, which means you could win $105 per every $100 wager on them. Considering the coaching staff have no major injury concerns, that’s a great deal. You know, besides the fact that we’re talking about one of the hottest teams in the league.
New England Revolution: Forget About Adam Buksa
Adam Buksa was having a great season, which made Lens from Ligue 1 sign him, leaving the New England Revolution without their top scorer. Luckily for them, Gustavo Bou took a step forward. Bou has scored in three straight MLS matches, the third time since the start of last season that he has had a scoring run of at least three games.
He scored for the last time on Saturday when the Revs visited the Philadelphia Union. However, it wasn’t enough as the Union won 2-1. That was New England’s third straight game without winning but they haven’t stopped scoring. They scored in 14 of their last 15 matches, meaning you can always expect them to put up a good fight.
In fact, the Revs have lost an MLS-high 24 points from winning positions this season, as they lead the league in most games failing to win after leading (10) and are tied for most losses after leading with the Vancouver Whitecaps (four).
Besides Bou, we can’t forget that the Revs’ roster includes the reigning MVP, Carles Gil, who leads the league in assists with 11. The two of them are the main reason for you to consider including the visitors in your soccer prediction, especially at +250. A $100 bet could turn into a $350 payout.
Columbus vs New England Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 81
- Columbus Crew Victories: 35 (122 goals)
- New England Revolution Victories: 27 (103 goals)
- Draws: 19
These two already met on May 8 at Gillette Stadium and finished 2-2. The Columbus Crew scored the opening goal but then ended up scoring the equalizer with only one minute left on the clock.
Columbus is unbeaten in seven straight home matches against New England, last losing at Home to the Revs in the 2014 playoffs. This is the Crew’s longest unbeaten run against New England since going nine straight from 1997 to 2001.
Columbus vs New England Game Information
- Date: Saturday, July 23
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Lower.com Field, Columbus
- Columbus vs New England Live Stream: ESPN+
Columbus vs New England Betting Lines
Columbus vs New England Prediction
The New England Revolution are the better team, but momentum is on the Columbus Crew side. Therefore, we expect a highly entertaining but close game, enough to recommend you include the under in your betting online ticket. That wouldn’t be the first time as the total went under in six of the last 10 meetings between the two.