Competition: Major League Soccer – Columbus Crew vs DC United
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Sunday, October 25 – 17:00 ET (21:00 GMT – Live on Sky Sports 2)
Match Odds: Columbus Crew 11/10 – Draw 12/5 – DC United 12/5
All ten Eastern Conference sides will face off against each other at the same time, with Columbus and DC fighting for a second-place finish. That’s important as a top two finish will earn them a knockout round bye in the upcoming MLS Playoffs.
Both sides have secured a playoff slot but a bye week will be a huge prize and effectively makes this a playoff game as we end the regular season.Embed from Getty Images
Columbus will be without Federico Higuain and goal machine Kei Kamara. That will hamper their chances but they have won three of their last five in MLS.
Columbus Crew’s MLS record: P33 – W14 – D8 – L11
They have lost their last two at home though and that will give DC United some much-needed confidence.
DC hadn’t won in six coming into October but back-to-back wins over New York City and Chicago Fire have put them back on track.Embed from Getty Images
A third-straight victory would be huge before the playoffs and would push them straight through to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
DC United’s MLS record: P33 – W15 – D6 – L12
This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season. Both previous games were at RFK Stadium with DC winning 2-0 in the earlier meeting, before Columbus won 2-1 in September.
Columbus will be without star attacking duo Federico Higuain and Kei Kamara as both will serve a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation. Chad Barson and Kristinn Steindorsson are ruled out through injury, while Matt Lampson is a doubt.
DC United travel to Columbus without Eddie Johnson, Chris Korb or Davy Arnaud as all three remain injured.
Columbus Crew’s last five: W/W/L/L/W
DC United’s last five: D/L/L/W/W
Key Stat: Columbus have conceded at least two home goals in each of their last five games in MLS and haven’t kept a home clean sheet since mid-April. Leaky.
Key Player: Chris Rolfe – Rolfe is DC United’s leading goalscorer with ten and found the net in the most recent meeting with the Crew in September.Embed from Getty Images
Columbus Crew 2-2 DC United – This is an enormous game for both clubs as a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference is up for grabs and that will mean a knockout round playoff bye. DC have struggled away from home of late, though Columbus can’t seem to keep clean sheets at MAPFRE Stadium. That should lead to an entertaining game but a draw looks the most likely result. That would see DC seal second place.