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Columbus Crew SC enter Match 15 of the Major League Soccer regular season coming off of the heels of its toughest match of the season. The Crew was humbled against rivals Toronto FC, falling 3-1 in the Trillium Cup matchup. For the first time this season, Columbus was scored against in back-to-back matches, allowing one goal against Minnesota United in its 2-1 victory and three goals against Toronto. The cracks in the armor of the Black & Gold’s historic defense are beginning to show, and it’s being reflected in the current betting odds this week against FC Dallas.
Columbus Crew: W-D-W-W-L
FC Dallas: W-W-W-D-L
For the second straight match, the league-leading Crew is considered the underdog. FC Dallas is narrowly favored to hand the Black & Gold its third loss of the season. Dallas is currently favored +131 to the Crew’s +159.
With both clubs sharing identical records through the last five matches, however, it should come as no surprise that the heavily favored outcome of Saturday’s contest is a draw, with much higher odds of +284 at an even score.
Dallas currently sits fourth in the Western Conference and has shown the team’s ability to handle tough competition, racking up wins over the likes of the Philadelphia Union, Minnesota United and Sporting Kansas City.
Columbus has proven tough to beat in 2020, with only two losses on record. However, the Black & Gold have been scored on six times in the last four matches, three times that of the first 10 matches of the season.
Also, the vast majority of the Crew’s success has been seen at home at MAPFRE Stadium. Columbus is 7-0-0 at home, while the away record shows a less impressive 2-2-3. FCD, on the other hand, has only suffered one home loss on the season.
If the Black & Gold want to clinch the Supporters’ Shield and salvage what many consider to be the greatest start in club history, the Crew is going to have to find success on the road through the final stretch of the season. Of the final nine regular season matches for Columbus, five are on the road.
These final tests of the season will tell the tale of 2020 for the Black & Gold, either cementing the legacy as one of the best seasons in club history or perhaps seeing the late-season trials of tougher competition and an influx of road matches causing Columbus’ time in the spotlight fade.