Saturday, June 29, 2013

Predictions: Crew (A) v Sporting

Good Morning,

The Columbus Crew are down in Kansas City today to take on Sporting. Game start is 830 PM EST, 730 CT.

-CLB: 3 Wins, 2 Draw, 3 Loss Away is above avg
-CLB: Wins away against weaker teams (Chivas, TFC, DC)
-CLB: Looking to mix up lineup, start coach's son
-CLB: Matais Sanchez suspended, YC accumulation
-SKC: Looking to get on track at home
-SKC: Have outscored opponents 11:7 at home
-SKC: 6 pts in last 5 (Crew 5 pts)
-SKC: CJ Sapong serving RC suspension

Opening up with Bet365 today because we have some heavy odds for the Home team today at 4/7. Draw at 11/4 and Crew 5/1. Correct Score line had KC 1:0 (5/1) followed by 2:0 (at 11/2). Overall leaning SKC in large way. team likes KC across the board this weekend. Things seem to be flattening out for them with four of the six sitting on 45% accurate (they pick based on result Win, Draw or Loss).

% Correct : Name, Job Title
45% : Nick Rosano, Editor
45% : Andrew Wiebe, Editor
45% : Matt Doyle, Armchair Analyst
45% : Diego Pinzon, FutbolMLS editor
39% : Kristel Valencia, FutbolMLS Editor in Chief
39% : Jason Saghini, Director of Video

Drew Epperley over at WV Hooligan thinks it is "Time for this SKC squad to turn things up." Sporting KC 3 : 1 Columbus Crew.

Next up we zoom over to where Zac Lee Rigg is in charge of this match up's game notes and single line summary: "Columbus travels well to Kansas City, where it has won four of the last five trips." The "Reader's Predictions" section seems to be short on votes but the few they have like KC.

Win Draw Win says there is a Small Stake on a Home Win, 1:0 (Sporting). The 'your vote' section also likes KC with 44% (19% Crew)

Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch gets under the hood this week, writing: "...coming away with a point would be a victory for the Crew."

For Anor? That is very nice.
Sporting KC is oozing with talent and should be in a better position at this point in the season. Their fans know that as well as the owner and coach. It has been four games since they have won.

Columbus isn't in any better shape but there are some signs that say this might be as high as they get in the standings this year (can't beat good teams). Of course the can be Sporting KC today in KC. They have enjoyed good results in recent years playing down there.

A draw does absolutely nothing for the Crew in this match. A decisive win is what the Crew need in order to hop KC in the standings (KC has one more goal on the year).

Standing in their way is KC's defense. While their home record isn't stellar they have kept opponents to under a goal a game (8 home games, 7 goals given up).

I tend to believe that Epperley might be right. At some point KC are going to lock back in at home and when they do...

Crew fans should hope that doesn't happen tonight. Enjoy the match going to be interesting.

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