Columbus Crew vs. Nashville SC Expert Pick – June 24, 2023
COLUMBUS CREW VS. NASHVILLE SC EXPERT PICK – JUNE 24, 2023 – The Columbus Crew are on an excellent run of form and are currently on a four game unbeaten streak. The Crew Bega this streak immediately after their previous 3-1 loss against Nashville SC.
They have a high power offense and are currently the second highest scoring team in the MLS, averaging 2.0 goals per game. Columbus are excellent at home but they will have their work cut out for them as they face one of the best defenses in the MLS.
Nashville’s 10 game unbeaten streak and club record came to an end in their midweek match against CF Montreal. This Saturday they will look to get back on track in another away game against Eastern Conference rivals Columbus Crew.
So far this season Nashville has 10 wins, 5 draws, and 4 losses and they find themselves still in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference standings. After their previous 1-0 loss against CF Montreal they find themselves 8 points behind Eastern Conference leaders Cincinnati, who seem to be in a league of their own at the moment.
Nashville saw numerous opportunities completely wasted against CF Montreal and were unable to get on the scoresheet.
However, they still have the league’s leading scorer in Hany Mukhtar and they are still ranked as the top defense in the MLS. Unfortunately for them, they have conceded at least 1 goal in 11 of their previous 12 matches.
They have only allowed their opponent over 1 goal on one occasion this entire season but if they want to stay on Cincinnati’s heels they will need to figure out how to get some clean sheets. Not sure that’s going to happen against the high powered Columbus offense on away turf though.
Columbus have 8W-4D-6L so far this season and currently stand 6th in the Eastern Conference MLS Standings. They are currently on a 4 game unbeaten streak but were unable to see out their lead as they conceded the game tying goal against NYCFC in the 94th minute.
The Crew’s previous 4 game unbeaten streak earlier this season ended with 2 consecutive losses. Will they be able to prevent history from rewriting itself? When playing at home Columbus are a force to be reckoned with and have only lost once this season at Historic Crew Stadium.
Columbus currently have a 1 point lead over Orlando City and will be aiming to retain their spot in the top 7.
In their past 4 MLS games they have managed 10 goals but have also conceded 6. Columbus have been a bit unpredictable this season having both multi game unbeaten streaks followed by multi game winless streaks.
This will be a good test for them and they should be high on confidence, especially with the game being played in Columbus.
USA MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS
Date: Saturday, 06/24/2023 at 7:30 PM EST
Pitch: Columbus Crew – Lower.com Field, Columbus, OH, USA
Current PL Form: | Columbus Crew (LWWWD) | Nashville SC (WWDWL) |
Last PL Match: | NYCFC 1 – 1 Columbus Crew | | CF Montreal 1 – 0 Nashville SC |
Head to Head
Draft Kings Moneyline Odds: | HOME: -105 | TIE: +255 | AWAY: +265 |
| Over 2.5 Total Goals (-120) |
Columbus Crew are on an excellent run and at the moment appear that they can score against any team in the MLS.
They are the second highest scoring team in the MLS at the moment and are averaging 2.0 goals per game.
In Columbus’s previous 6 matches there have been over 2.5 goals in 5 of them. Nashville were shut out in their last game but they do have Hany Mukhtar and have the ability to score quick and create plenty of chances out of nothing. I think there will be plenty of goals.
| Both Teams to Score Yes (-145) |
Both teams have found the back of the net in 10 of Nashville’s last 12 games and 9 of Columbus’s last 10.
Columbus Crew have netted 36 times this season and Nashville also have a strong attack netting 27 goals so far this season.
Nashville have conceded a goal in 11 of their previous 12 matches and Columbus have allowed a goal in their last 6 matches.In their previous match earlier this season there were 4 total goals as Nashville defeated Columbus 3-1.
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- Nashville will be without Nick DePuy for the game against Columbus.
- St. Louis will be without star midfielder Aidan Morris due to international duty, while Sands, Vallecilla, Williams, and Degenek will all miss out due to injury.
- Nashville are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 MLS games.
- 3 of Nashville’s 4 losses this season have come in away matches.
- Columbus have only lost 1 game this season at home.
- Columbus has scored 36 goals in 18 games and is averaging 2.0 goals per game.
One of the best attacking teams versus one of the best defensive teams.
That’s what we’re going to see this weekend. The past 2 times Nashville have faced the League’s top attacking teams, they’ve managed 3-1 wins both times but both of those wins were at Geodis Park. Nashville have been defensively solid this season but have not kept a clean sheet in 8 consecutive games.
Meanwhile, Columbus are on a 4 game unbeaten streak and have been outstanding when playing at home.
Columbus Crew have won each of their last three MLS home games, scoring nine goals in the process and they will be hoping to take advantage of Nashville’s minor wobble last time out.
However, the visitors will have belief in their abilities to bounce back having won their last two meetings with the Crew, and the fine form of star man Mukhtar could help them come out on top in Ohio.