Columbus Crew will host Nashville SC in the 12th round of the MLS. The hosts are looking forward to continuing their excellent form when playing at home, while the away side will try to pick up at least a point from this game.
Columbus Crew – Can they pick up where they left off?
Columbus Crew tops the Eastern Conference table after 11 rounds played so far. The hosts suffered just one defeat during the season as they lost to New York City away from home. Caleb Porter’s side is in pretty good form as they picked up eight points from the last four games. Gyasi Zardes and the lads are doing very well in front of the oppositions’ goal as they managed to find the target 18 times so far. On the other hand, Columbus Crew was excellent in the back, as they allowed their rivals just four goals so far in the campaign.
If we focus on the Crew’s home performances, we can see why they are currently the best team in the Eastern Conference. The hosts played five times at the Mapfre Stadium and managed to win all five games. Moreover, Jonathan Mensah and his teammates from defense managed to keep the clean sheet in all matches at home ground, which is quite an impressive achievement. The hosts are three points clear from Philadelphia Union on the top spot, and if they can remain there, the hosts may secure the place in the quarter-finals of the playoffs.
Let’s take a look at the Crew’s squad. Vito Wormgoor will miss the game as he is still recovering from an injury. Lucas Zelarayan, who scored two goals in four appearances so far, is doubtful, as well as Darlington Nagbe.
Expected Line-Up: Eloy Room, Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Josh Williams, Milton Valenzuela, Pedro Santos, Darlington Nagbe, Artur, Youness Mokhtar, Lucas Zelarayan, Gyasi Zardes
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Nashville SC – They need to be focused during the entire match
Nashville enjoys its premiere season in the MLS, and they have been putting some decent displays so far. The visitors are sitting on the 9th spot with 12 points from 11 matches played so far. They are just two points behind the nearest playoff spot, and if they can manage to keep their form constant, Nashville can challenge the top seven in the Eastern Conference. Gary Smith’s side is in a similar streak as their rivals, as they haven’t suffered a defeat in the last four outings. Although the visitors have been doing very well in the back, Dominique Badji and the lads should have been more clinical in front of the oppositions’ goal. With just nine balls netted so far, the away side cannot count on picking up points regularly.
If we take a look at Nashville’s away performances, they cannot be very proud of them. On the last four outings, the visitors picked up only two points in goalless draws against FC Dallas and Inter Miami. They were able to take some points home just when Joe Wills managed to keep his net intact. In other words, whenever Nashville conceded at away pitch, they couldn’t avoid a defeat. Keeping a clean sheet in the upcoming clash will be a very challenging task for the visitors since their defenders Ken Tribbett and Jimmy Medranda, are still sidelined due to injuries. Midfielder Randall Leal is doubtful for this game.
Expected Line-Up: Joe Willis; Jalil Anibaba, Walker Zimmerman, David Romney, Daniel Lovitz; Hany Mukhtar, Dax McCarty, Anibal Godoy, Randall Leal; Abu Danladi, Daniel Rios