Our prediction for this MLS match:
A place in the MLS playoffs semis will be at stake when Columbus Crew and Nashville take on each other at MAPFRE Stadium on Monday morning. Columbus booked their place in the quarter-finals by beating New York Red Bulls 3-2, with USA international Gyasi Zardes extending his goalscoring run. The Crew were impressive at home ground in the regular season, with the team recording ten wins, while suffering only one loss in the process. The likes of Alashe, Jimenez, and Wormgoor are all likely to miss the Nashville game through injury.
The newcomers, on the other hand, are enjoying a very successful season. After impressing in the regulation season, Nashville defeated the likes of Inter Miami and Toronto to book their place in the MLS playoffs quarter-finals. The two teams seem to be evenly matched ahead of the MAPFRE Stadium clash; therefore, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. The likes of Godoy and Maher have been struggling with injuries in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Fanendo Adi):
After spending his youth career at Lagos Islanders and Union Bank, Fanendo Adi moved to Trencic of Slovakia in 2009. The Nigeria international played for the likes of Metalurh Donetsk, Dynamo Kiev, Tavriya Simferopol, Copenhagen and Portland Timbers as well before joining FC Cincinnati.
Adi was born in Lagos (Nigeria) on October 10, 1990 and he has two caps for the Nigeria U23 national team. However, he has yet to make his debut for the senior team. The Cincinnati forward was called up to the senior squad in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, but he did not see any game action. Fanendo Adi made his MLS debut for Cincinnati on March 3, 2019 in a 4-1 loss to Seattle Sounders.
His main position is centre forward and his preferred foot is right. His biggest success is winning of the 2015 MLS Cup where Portland Timbers defeated Columbus Crew 2-1 in the title game.
Highlighted Team (Nashville):
Nashville is one of the newer additions to the Major League Soccer, with the team being founded on December 20, 2017. The Yellows made their MLS debut on February 29, 2020, with the team taking on Atlanta United at their Nissan Stadium.
The match was played in front of 59,069 spectators, with Nashville suffering a 2-1 defeat. Nissan Stadium was opened on August 27, 1999, and it can hold up to 69,143 people. Nashville recorded their first MLS triumph on August 13, 2020, with the team beating Dallas on the road. The match was played behind closed doors due to the fierce of coronavirus spread.
Ghana international David Accam scored the only goal of the match. The club’s primary colours are electric gold and acoustic blue, with the club’s crest being a gold octagon with monogram “N”. Nashville footballers wear yellow shirts and yellow shorts when playing at home, while blue is the dominant colour of their away jersey.