Scoreless Draw Likely in New England vs. Columbus MLS Saturday

SBR Staff

Friday, July 25, 2014 9:05 PM GMT

Two clubs fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference will meet on Saturday night in Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. when the fifth-place New England Revolution (7-2-10) play host to the seventh-place Columbus Crew (5-8-7) in a match with likely playoff positioning significance in the conference (MLS Live, 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m.). Both are sitting on 23 points heading into the fixture.

Coach Jay Heaps’ Revs have been a little above average at home (4-1-3) while the Crew have been fairly disappointing on the road so far this season (2-4-4). Both clubs have negative goal differentials with the Revolution at -7 (24 GF-31 GA) and Columbus at -3 (23 GF-26 GA), so, these teams have definitely had better seasons in the MLS.

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The Crew
Manager Craig Berhalter and the Crew did win their last game, 2-1 against the Montreal Impact thanks to a Bernardo Añor brace, while New England was shut out 2-0 by Dallas on Saturday night after getting pasted by the Galaxy, 5-1 in Los Angeles three days earlier.

Columbus is led by captain Federico Higuaín (6 goals), the aforementioned Añor (4 goals), Ethan Findlay (4 goals) and All Star defender Michael Parkhurst while the Revs leading scorers are Lee Nguyen (6 goals), Patrick Mullins (4 goals) and Diego Fagúndez (4 goals), so, New England.

 

The Revolution
The Revs recent form (0-0-7) has been absolutely abhorrent—NE has lost a club record-tying seven straight games—but the Crew (1-2-3 in their L6) haven’t exactly been lighting the world on fire and could really use a win a three points here in the Northeast but Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth won’t be an easy nut to crack despite his club’s recent woes.

NE (+100, LVH SuperBook) has actually been pretty successful in recent meetings between the two teams, going 4-0-1 over the last five and winning the last four meetings (1-0, 3-2, 2-0, 2-0) by a combined 8-2 mark. So, this game is pretty much a toss-up, and as for the Soccer betting Odds go, the Draw (+240) is worth a look as is the road underdog, Columbus (+290) here in what could end up being a pretty boring game in the end.

 

Prediction
With all of this in mind, playing the Draw and the Under at equal amounts against each other seems like a logical approach. The weather forecast for Foxborough on Saturday night (The Weather Channel) predicts temperatures around 80° at kick off with 49% humidity and 8 mph winds so the conditions should be absolutely perfect for a summer night, even if the two teams have been playing worse soccer than they could have imagined at this point in the season.

This could be a wake-up call and a new start for the team that can find a way to win but, most likely, this one will be tight and low-scoring and about as memorable as Snow Dogs.
MLS Free Picks: Revolution and Crew to Draw at +240, and the Under 2½

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