Columbus Crew vs Nashville SC 7/21/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

Columbus Crew scored another direct free kick against New York City FC over the weekend and beat them by 2-1, extending their unbeaten streak to 4 matches. They will be looking to extend that streak to 5 matches when they will host a very tricky Nashville side on Wednesday. Nashville are coming off a tremendous win at home against Chicago and are also on an unbeaten streak themselves.   

Columbus (5-3-5) played a very physical match against New York City FC, especially in the first half where there were 5 yellow cards. They did take the lead at the stoppage time of the first half, but their opponents pulled even at the start of the second half. It was Zelarayan who scored another direct free kick against NYCFC and gave them the lead, and eventually the win. That win extends Columbus’ unbeaten streak to 4 matches (1 win, 3 draws), but have a trouble keeping clean sheets. They have just a single clean sheet in their last 5 and just 4 in their 13 matches so far in the season. Columbus are now 6th in the Eastern Conference with 20 points, scoring 15 and conceding 12 goals so far. They have been great at home so far (4-0-2), scoring 11 and conceding 5 goals in the process.

On the other hand, Nashville (5-1-7) are having a tremendous season and are coming into this match after a massive 5-1 win over Chicago at home. They broke the record for the fastest hattrick in MLS history, as Mukhtar already had a hattrick by the 16th minute of that match, while Nashville were already leading by 4 goals at the end of the first half. They are now undefeated in their last 5 matches (3 wins, 2 draws), and have lost just a single match so far in the season. Nashville are now 5th in the Eastern Conference with 22 points, having scored 21 goals against 14 conceded. Nashville might have the best home record in the Eastern Conference (5-0-5) but they also have the 2nd worst away record too. They have not won any of their 3 away matches (1 loss, 2 draws), scoring just 2 goals and conceding just 4 in the process.

Columbus Crew vs Nashville SC. These two rivals met twice last season, where Columbus won by 2-0 at home in the first match, but the other match was a goal-less draw in the quarter-finals of the playoffs. Columbus scored twice in the extra time and moved on to win the title. Nashville have been excellent this season, but mostly due to their awesome home presence. Columbus are unbeaten at home so far and Nashville have yet to win on the road. Slight lean towards the home side here.

Columbus Crew vs Nashville SC 7/21/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

MLS Starting Time: 16:30PM EDT

Location: MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus

Date: Wednesday, July 21st 

MLS Odds: Columbus Crew +0.0

MLS Totals: 2.25

Free MLS Pick: Columbus Crew +0.0 (-120)

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