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Jul 31, 2021 at 12.30am UK
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

:Headline: 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.
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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 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 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

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


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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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England28195453332062
2Nashville SCNashville261112344242045
3New York City FCNY City26116944301439
4Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia2510873225738
5Orlando City2610883738-138
6DC United26114114538737
7CF MontrealMontreal2610793732537
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta269983531436
9Columbus Crew2797113236-434
10Inter MiamiInter Miami2595112540-1532
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2586113129230
12Chicago Fire2766152643-1724
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14Toronto2647152851-2319

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England28195453332062
2Nashville SCNashville261112344242045
3New York City FCNY City26116944301439
4Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia2510873225738
5Orlando City2610883738-138
6DC United26114114538737
7CF MontrealMontreal2610793732537
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta269983531436
9Columbus Crew2797113236-434
10Inter MiamiInter Miami2595112540-1532
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2586113129230
12Chicago Fire2766152643-1724
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2548132648-2220
14Toronto2647152851-2319
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