Columbus Crew vs Real Salt Lake MLS Betting Prediction

MLS Columbus Crew vs Real Salt Lake Prediction 4/14/2024

Columbus Crew (3-1-3) travel to face off against Real Salt Lake (3-2-2) on Sunday, April 14th. This match will be played at America First Field in Sandy, UT. Both Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake ended their previous matches with a draw. The match is scheduled for 9:30 PM ET.

Columbus Crew vs Real Salt Lake

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Columbus Crew Is Coming Off A Draw

The Columbus Crew will be looking to get back in the win column after picking up a draw vs. D.C. United. Going into that match, which took place on their home pitch, they were the heavy favorite at -152, despite not winning. The two combined goals were one higher than the pre-match over/under line of 0.5 goals.

Aidan Morris was the only player for the Crew to score vs. D.C. United, and he took two total shots and one shot on goal. No other player for the club finished with an assist, and as a whole, the offense finished with four shots on goal and 11 shots.

On the defensive end, the Crew allowed a total of 14 shots and three shots on goal, with Patrick Schulte making two saves. The only goal for D.C. United came on their third and final corner kick of the match.

Through seven matches, the Columbus Crew have a record of 3-1-3, putting them in 4th place in the Eastern Conference. They have drawn their last two matches, and overall, they have a road record of 0-1-2. At home, they are unbeaten, going 3-0-1. Over their last six matches, they have just one win, going 2-1-3. After this match, they will return home to take on the Portland Timbers on April 20th. In the Eastern Conference standings, they are four points behind the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Real Salt Lake Is Coming Off A Draw

Real Salt Lake will be looking to get back on the winning track after drawing vs. Minnesota United. This draw came on the road, and they were the heavy underdog at +220. The two combined goals were one short of the line of 2.5 goals.

Real Salt Lake’s attack took a total of 10 shots, five of which were on target. They needed just one shot on target to score their only time, with Cristian Arango finding the net on his last two shots. Carlos Gomez was the only other player to finish with multiple shots.

On the defensive end, Real Salt Lake allowed a total of 25 shots, with Zac MacMath making six saves on the seven shots on target he faced. The club’s defensive unit blocked two shots and intercepted 20 passes.

Minnesota United’s seven corners also helped to keep the pressure on Real Salt Lake. Overall, MacMath and the defense were able to make the necessary plays to come out with the draw despite the heavy attack from Minnesota United.

Real Salt Lake enters this match vs. Columbus Crew with a record of 3-2-2, which has them sitting in 3rd place in the Western Conference. They have been solid at home, going 2-1-0, but have struggled on the road, going just 1-1-2. Overall, they have been favored in just two matches, going 1-1 in those contests. Following this match, they will head on the road once again, taking on Chicago Fire FC on Sunday, April 21st. Over their last seven matches, they have gone 3-2-2, and they are currently tied with Minnesota United FC in the standings, both with 11 points.

Columbus Crew Offense Breakdown

The Columbus Crew’s offense has been average this season, scoring 1.4 goals per match, which is 15th in the league. Cucho Hernández has been their top scorer, finding the back of the net three times, which is 16th in MLS. He also leads the team in shots on goal, with 10, which is 8th in the league. Overall, the Crew have taken fewer shots on goal than their season average in four straight matches.

Real Salt Lake Offense Breakdown

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Real Salt Lake has been one of the more efficient offenses in MLS this season, ranking 8th in the league in goals scored at 1.6 per match. Cristian Arango has been the catalyst for the club, leading the league in goals scored with six. He also leads the team in shots on goal and is 7th in MLS in that category. Carlos Gómez has been the club’s top playmaker, ranking 5th in MLS in assists. He also has two goals on the season, which is 2nd on the club and 26th in the league.

Columbus Crew Defense Breakdown

Heading into their match against Real Salt Lake, the Columbus Crew’s defense is currently 4th in MLS, allowing just 1.0 goal per match. However, they are coming off a match against D.C. United SC, who is 16th in scoring, where they allowed just one goal. Overall, they have given up two goals in two of their last three matches. Goalkeeper Patrick Schulte is 9th in MLS with two clean sheets, and he is 27th in saves with 13.

Real Salt Lake Defense Breakdown

Heading into their match against the Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake’s defense is 8th in MLS in goals allowed per match (1.1). They are also 5th in blocked shots and 3rd in interceptions. Keeper Zac MacMath is 13th in clean sheets (1) and 5th in saves (25). Over their last five matches, they have given up five goals, including a clean sheet against Los Angeles FC and a match against the league’s top-scoring offense, Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Columbus Crew vs Real Salt Lake Prediction

With both teams coming in with top-10 defenses, our projections have this one ending in a 1-1 draw, which is currently paying out +255. Real Salt Lake’s Cristian Arango is our top projected goal scorer for the match. Looking at the match-up, Real Salt Lake is the better shooting team and they are also 5th in the MLS in shooting percentage. On the defensive end, Real Salt Lake is 5th in fewest goals allowed and 3rd in interceptions.

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