Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Predictions, Crew v. TFC

The Crew host Toronto FC tonight, 7:30 PM in Columbus and 12:30 AM Stoke.

• Columbus is in must win mode to have a chance at the playoffs. Home games are critical.
• Toronto’s playoff hopes are all but mathematically over. if it is about anything for them in a league game, it is the Trillium Cup. Beyond that, their focus will be on doing well in the CONCACAF Champions League.
• Both teams have a lot of games in the next week coming up.
• Toronto has one today (away), Saturday (away again) then a big one against Santos Laguna at home (CCL match).

PREDICTIONS (abbreviated)
Soothsayer Aaron Katzeman over at Massive Report got last game dead on at 2:2. This week the wise one picks Crew to win 2:0. “Columbus' new attack-minded play,” will lead them to victory, sayeth the Katzeman.

Bet365 is all in with the Crew this time… 4/6 (fav), 5/2 (Draw), 9/2 (TFC)

"Today, I predict a win." Jenn Eyer over at The Official Blog of the Hudson Street Hooligans is up with the Crew as well… 2:0.

Toronto's 2012 year has been uneven but they have played tough as of late. While they haven't won in their last five league games and have allowed a goal in each of the last five matches -- they have managed to only allowed more than one goal in 2 of them.

The Crew will be treating this like a must win and TFC will be a club with nothing to lose. When you have those two forces working against each other it’ll be the team with the most discipline that wins.

Will the Crew be able to maintain that discipline? I think so. Wishful thinking perhaps, but I think this one may be tight for most of the match with a raucous final 20.

Something is... just in the air… a Meram Goal? What is that smell… Williams finding the back of the net?


[UPDATE: CREW 2:1 TFC FINAL... Consensus wins.]

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