New England Revolution may have lost their unbeaten record but last week’s defeat to Nashville SC has done little to affect their battle for the playoffs. The 2-0 loss knocked them off the top of the Eastern Conference but they remain in second place after five games of the new MLS campaign.
It is very early days of course but Bruce Arena’s men will be confident after a positive start. New England now host the reigning MLS Champions, Columbus Crew, who claimed their second outright trophy in 2020 but they have started the new campaign slowly (6pm ET Sunday; TV: Live on ESPN2).
Revolution v Columbus Moneyline Odds
The gap in form between these two sides has made New England favorites and the home side are on offer at around -110. The draw is next at +250 while most sportsbooks have Columbus Crew out at +275.
It was inevitable that the hosts would be in front but they are, perhaps, surprisingly short. Crew have been slow out of the blocks but they retain much of the team that claimed the MLS Cup just a few short months ago and will surely find their touch again soon. There could certainly be some value in taking the draw or even an away win but let’s firstly look at the key players in this encounter.
Prop Markets for this MLS Matchup
The prolific Bradley Wright-Phillips is now playing his soccer at Columbus Crew but he has yet to provide the same firepower that he showed over six years with the Red Bulls. The 36-year-old has yet to find the net for his new club in four games this season but has drifted out to tempting odds in the goalscoring markets as a result. Wright-Phillips is listed at +750 to open the scoring and end his drought on Sunday.
The player with the shortest odds in the first goal scorer market is Gustavo Bou who is on offer with most outlets at +400. New England’s Argentinian striker has just one goal from four games in 2021 but his overall record is impressive with a ratio approaching a goal every other game.
Another player to consider here is Teal Bunbury who is quoted at +500 for the first goal. Bunbury is off the mark for the season with New England’s late equalizer against Philadelphia in midweek.
Away from the individual props and onto some team markets: Both Teams to Score is always a popular pick to consider and it is available this week at -150. That’s a typical price for BTTS but it may just be too short for this game. Goals are a concern for Columbus Crew who have found the net just once in four games this season.
On to total goals and the best industry odds to go over the 2.5 line currently stand at -123. If we push to go over 3.5 then this figure increases to a general +190.
Low scoring affairs have been consistent with both sides so far in this campaign and that could influence any correct score bets. A 1-1 final outcome is on offer for this game at best odds of +600. Alternatively, a 2-1 home win for New England is listed at a general +700 while the same outcome in favor of Crew is available at a top price of +1100.
Our Betting Preview’s New England Revolution v Columbus Crew Predictions & Picks Verdict
MLS Cup winners Columbus Crew have, undeniably, had a slow start to the new season. Just a solitary point from an away draw with Montreal is all they have to show for their efforts so far. The big concern is that lack of goals with Crew having found the net just once in those opening four games.
They may not have enough form to claim a first win but surely the defending champions will improve at some point. The goals will come and an experienced MLS forward such as Bradley Wright-Phillips will get off the mark before too long.
New England have clearly had the better start but they have taken just one point from their last two matches and it could be argued that Bruce Arena’s men are in a false position.
For all of those reasons, this preview will take the draw as our first pick for Sunday’s game.
Stats don’t suggest that there will be too many goals but this is a game where form can improve and trends can be broken. Wright-Phillips should be looking to break his duck but early performances may mean he won’t start the game so we’ll take the former Red Bulls man to score at any time.
Over 3.5 goals is our final selection for these predictions and it has reached some reasonable odds. A higher scoring and more entertaining encounter from these teams should help to convert at least two of these picks and deliver an overall profit. To conclude:
- Take the draw @ +260 with Bovada. Next best is +258 with Bookmaker, then +250 with Intertops and +245 with BetOnline.
- Go with Bradley Wright-Phillips to score at any time @ +240 with Bovada or Intertops.
- Expect over 3.5 goals @ best odds of +210 with Bovada. It is +190 with Intertops.
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