Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United 8/7/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

Columbus met a really bad loss at home against DC United on Wednesday and they have now lost two in a row. They will remain at home for their next assignment, where they will play host to Atlanta United on Saturday. Atlanta United are also coming off an unfavorable result and they are now on a long win-less streak. 

Columbus Crew (6 wins, 5 losses, 6 draws) are coming off a 4-2 home loss against DC United, which might have seemed a bit unfair. They were already trailing by 3 goals by the end of the first half, they tried to make a comeback with two goals in a 6-minute span but then conceded another goal for the final 4-2 loss. They have now lost two in a row and have won just 2 of their last 9 (2-3-4). Columbus are sitting at the 7th spot of the Eastern Conference with 24 points, scoring 19 and conceding 20 goals so far. 8 of their 17 matches so far had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 2.3 goals per match. Columbus have been really hard to beat at home so far (4 wins,1 loss, 3 draws), scoring 13 and conceding 9 goals in the process. 5 of their 8 home matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 2.8 goals per match.

Atlanta United (2 wins, 6 losses, 9 draws) are coming off yet another draw, this time by 2-2 on the road against Montreal. After a goal-less first half, Montreal took a two-goal lead with goals at the 53rd and 63rd minute. Atlanta United responded with goals at the 65th and 76th minute for the final 2-2 draw. That means that they are now win-less in their last 12 matches, with 5 losses and 7 draws in that span. Atlanta United are sitting at the 11th spot of the Eastern Conference with 15 points, scoring 18 and conceding 23 goals in the process. 8 of their 17 matches so far had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 2.4 goals per match. However, they have been really bad on the road so far (0 wins, 4 losses, 6 draws), scoring 10 and conceding 16 goals and keeping just 1 clean sheet. 5 of their 10 away matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 2.6 goals per match.

Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United. Columbus beat Atlanta by 1-0 on the road earlier in the season and they have now won each of the last 5 MLS matches against them. Each team has won twice in this venue, while Atlanta have also won an extra match for the US Open Cup. Atlanta will be missing the suspended Josef Martinez, so I am siding with Columbus here, who will only get better now that almost everyone is back and available.

Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United 8/7/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

MLS Starting Time: 18:30PM EDT

Location: MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus

Date: Saturday, August 7th      

MLS Odds: Columbus Crew -0.5

MLS Totals: 2.5

Free MLS Pick: Columbus Crew -0.5

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