MLS Preview: Columbus Crew vs. New York City FC Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Jul 8)
- New York City FC played 1-1 with Charlotte at home on Wednesday evening.
- Columbus Crew has all wins in the last five MLS games played at Lower.com Field.
Last Wednesday, NYCFC’s players proved that hard work pays off – after going 1-0 down in the first half against Charlotte, they labored out a draw, scoring the equalizer in the 81st minute. The comeback has certainly given them the morale boost they need ahead of the clash with Columbus Crew on the road this Saturday.
How to Watch
- When: Saturday, July 8, 2023, at 7:30 p.m ET
- Where: Lower.com Field, Columbus, Ohio
- Channel: Apple TV
New York’s players probably feel proud of themselves after getting a late draw in their most recent game. The problem is that the game in question might be too recent, considering that it was played just three days before the duel with the Columbus Crew.
Some of NYCFC’s players might be in dire need of rest, particularly those in the midfield department who’ve been getting a lot of time on the pitch lately. The thing is that one of this team’s key midfielders – James Sand – is with the USMNT at the 2023 Gold Cup. Plus, Argentine midfielder Santiago Rodriguez had to miss the previous game due to a yellow card suspension.
The good news for the New Yorkers is that he’s coming back this Saturday, but there’s a big question mark over whether his return will help this team against Columbus Crew. The boys from Ohio are in top form right now, especially when it comes to home games – they’re 5-0-0 in their last five MLS games at Lower.com Field.
Columbus Crew vs. New York City FC Prediction
The visitors from the Big Apple are probably way too tired to be able to do much against the mighty Columbus Crew. They might put on a decent fight in the first half, but the hosts are bound to run them over by the end of the 90 minutes.