Six MLS matches are scheduled for Saturday, though only one is set for a matinee start. New York City FC welcome the Columbus Crew to Yankee Stadium for an afternoon tilt between Eastern Conference squads. NYCFC aim to stop an eight-game winless streak, though the club has been better at home this season. Columbus are on a three-game winning streak and are looking to maintain an upward trajectory.
Kickoff from New York is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists NYCFC as the +120 favorites (risk $100 to win $120) in its latest NYCFC vs. Columbus odds. Columbus are +215 underdogs, a draw is priced at +245, and the over/under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before making any NYCFC vs. Columbus picks or MLS predictions, be sure to check out what proven SportsLine soccer insider Brandt Sutton is saying.
Sutton, a former collegiate soccer player, has been SportsLine’s top soccer editor for nearly five years. He has followed soccer closely for much longer and factors in managerial tactics, projected lineups and past performances to make the most-informed decisions possible, keeping his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe. He was SportsLine’s top soccer expert in 2022 with a 165-130-2 mark, returning nearly $2,200 for $100 players. He was also a profitable 24-19 on MLS picks.
Now, Sutton has taken an in-depth look at NYCFC vs. Columbus and just locked in his picks and MLS predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines for NYCFC vs. Columbus:
- NYCFC vs. Columbus money line: NYC +123, COL +215, Draw +240
- NYCFC vs. Columbus spread: NYC -0.5 (+115)
- NYCFC vs. Columbus over/under: 2.5 goals
- NYCFC: Eight-game winless streak; longest for club in MLS play since 2015
- COL: Three-game winning streak
- NYCFC vs. Columbus picks: See picks at SportsLine
Featured Game | New York City FC vs. Columbus Crew
Why you should back NYCFC
NYCFC are playing at home in this match, which should not be overlooked when examining the matchup. NYCFC have only two losses in eight home matches this season and, by all accounts, the club has performed at a much higher level when playing at Yankee Stadium. In contrast, Columbus have five losses in its eight road matches this season, with a -5 goal differential away from home.
New York also rank in the top five of MLS when it comes to possessing the ball, and Columbus have issues on defense. The Crew are in the bottom five of the East with 25 goals allowed, and Columbus have allowed a goal in six straight matches, giving up two goals per game over that span. New York are above-average in goals allowed (22) after back-to-back clean sheets prior to this match. See which team to pick here.
Why you should back Columbus
Columbus are in much better recent form than New York. The Crew are on a three-game winning streak, scoring two goals or more in each match and posting nine goals across those three outings. Columbus are now tied for the most goals (35) in MLS this season, and the club leads the league with 28 assists. Columbus have a +10 goal differential, ranking in the top five of MLS, and 13 different players have scored for the Crew.
Even on the road, Columbus usually puts pressure on the opposition, scoring at least one goal in seven of eight road matches this season. Columbus are also facing a New York club that are scuffling right now with eight straight winless outings. NYCFC have the third-fewest goals (17) in the Eastern Conference and are coming off back-to-back scoreless performances. See which team to pick here.
How to make NYCFC vs. Columbus picks
Sutton has taken an intensive look at the NYCFC vs. Columbus matchup from every angle. He has locked in a confident best bet, and has myriad angles to back it up. He’s only sharing his picks and MLS analysis at SportsLine.
So who wins NYCFC vs. Columbus, and where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the NYCFC vs. Columbus match, all from the expert who is red-hot on his soccer picks, and find out.