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Jul 31, 2021 at 12.30am UK at Yankee Stadium
NY CityNew York City FC
4-1
Columbus CrewColumbus Crew
Castellanos (14'), Andrade (35'), Parks (51'), Rodriguez (71')
Andrade (36'), Thorarinsson (41'), Castellanos (55'), Medina (69')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Santos (90+7' pen.)
Santos (49')

Preview: New York City FC vs. Columbus Crew - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday's Major League Soccer clash between New York City FC and Columbus Crew, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

New York City FC prepare to take on Columbus Crew at the Yankee Stadium on Saturday looking to pick up a third consecutive victory.

Meanwhile, the away side are aiming to stretch their six-game unbeaten streak further and maintain their lead over the hosts on the log.


Match preview

New York City FC head coach Ronny Deila on May 15, 2021© Reuters

New York City FC followed up a narrow 1-0 win over CF Montreal on Thursday with a more comprehensive 5-0 demolition of Orlando City SC on Sunday.

After a relatively quiet first half where Jesus Medina's opener proved to be the only moment of note, the game sprung into life in the second 45 minutes as goals from Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, Maxi Moralez, Malte Amundsen and Valentin Castellanos secured a convincing win for Ronny Deila's men.

With 23 points from a possible 42, the Pigeons have moved up into sixth place on the Eastern Conference standings and are just two points off second-placed Nashville SC.

Their goal fest last time out means that only league leaders New England Revolution and Kansas City have found the back of the net on more occasions than the Bronx-based club.

Saturday's hosts seek to turn a corner, as they have struggled in games against their visitors of late, losing each of the last three meetings by a combined of 7-3.

Columbus Crew head coach Caleb Porter on June 20, 2021© Reuters

Columbus Crew saw off the threat of Atlanta United courtesy of a 1-0 win when the sides faced off at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday.

After a goalless opening period, Jonathan Mensah popped up with the game-winner just before the halfway point of the second half to deliver the goods for Caleb Porter's men.

Despite possessing the best defensive record in the East, the Crew are only in fifth position, majorly due to their inadequacies at the other end.

Saturday's visitors have scored just 16 goals in 15 games to date, a tally which is currently surpassed by all but two teams in the division.

New York City FC Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W

Columbus Crew Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • D



Team News

Columbus Crew forward Gyasi Zerdes celebrates his goal with teammates on June 20, 2021© Reuters

Sean Johnson, James Sands and Gedion Zelalem are representing the United States at the ongoing Gold Cup and are unavailable for the home side.

Brazilian forward Heber continues his spell on the treatment table after picking up a knee injury which has ruled him out of action for the past ten months.

Columbus Crew are also without the services of some first-team players due to national team involvement, with Liam Fraser and Gyasi Zardes currently in action for Canada and the USA respectively.

Milton Valenzuela is ruled out with a thigh injury, while 19-year-old Aidan Morris remains sidelined with a knee injury.

Josh Williams has missed eight of his side's 15 league outings this term, but the American defender could make his return to action in the coming weeks.

New York City FC possible starting lineup:
Barraza; Tinnerholm, Channot, Callens, Thorarinsson; Morales, Acevedo, Medina; Moralez, Tajouri, Castellanos

Columbus Crew possible starting lineup:
Room; Santos, Mensah, Keita, Abdul-Salaam; Molino, Nagbe, Hairston, Matan; Hurtado, Wright-Phillips


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We say: New York City FC 2-0 Columbus Crew

The visitors have struggled on the offensive end away from home all-season long, and we can see that trend continuing here. We are backing the hosts to grab all three points while also keeping a clean sheet en route.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England26175448301856
2Nashville SCNashville241011339231641
3New York City FCNY City24115843281538
4Orlando City2510873636038
5CF MontrealMontreal2510783630637
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta259973530536
7Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia249873125635
8DC United25104114136534
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2495102435-1132
10Columbus Crew2687113035-531
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2375112928126
12Chicago Fire2565142440-1623
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2448122444-2020
14Toronto2546152851-2318

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England26175448301856
2Nashville SCNashville241011339231641
3New York City FCNY City24115843281538
4Orlando City2510873636038
5CF MontrealMontreal2510783630637
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta259973530536
7Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia249873125635
8DC United25104114136534
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2495102435-1132
10Columbus Crew2687113035-531
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2375112928126
12Chicago Fire2565142440-1623
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2448122444-2020
14Toronto2546152851-2318

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