Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus Crew
Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, April 30 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)
Match Odds: Seattle 23/20 – Draw 12/5 – Columbus 23/10
The Sounders have struggled for consistency so far in the 2016 campaign and as a result sit 9th in the Western Conference coming into the weekend.
Sigi Schmid’s side come into this tie off the back of their 3-1 loss away at Colorado in what was their fourth loss of the season. Seattle need to up their game if they are to ensure they don’t fall too far behind the top six.
This is the first of two consecutive home games for Seattle, giving them the chance to pick up some much needed points. Scoring goals has been a problem though, as they have only averaged a goal per game so far this season, so this is something they have to improve upon.
Columbus Crew have also found themselves lower than expected at the start of the 2016 campaign. They sit 7th in the Eastern Conference but have recently found form.
Crew SC come into this one off the back of their 1-0 home win against Houston Dynamo – their second win on the bounce.
Gregg Berhalter’s side have lost just one in their last five and will be feeling confident heading into this one given the fact that they have scored at least twice in their last three away matches against Seattle in all competitions.
Seattle Sounders have five injury concerns. Roman Torres remains out, while Clint Dempsey, Michael Farfan, Nelson Valdez and Andreas Ivanchitz are all doubts. Brad Evans is suspended for this tie following his red card last time out.
Columbus Crew have four injury concerns. Gaston Sauro, Tony Tchani, Corey Ashe and Mohammed Saeid are all doubts ahead of this tie.
Seattle Sounders’ last five: L/W/D/W/L
Columbus Crew’s last five: D/D/L/W/W
Key Stat: Columbus Crew have failed to win their last six away games in Major League Soccer.
Key Player: Jordan Morris – The Sounders forward has scored two in his last two games and will be hoping his influence can get his side back to winning ways.
Seattle Sounders 1-2 Columbus Crew – Seattle’s struggles to continue this weekend against a Columbus Crew side who have regained confidence. The Sounders’ lack of goals so far this season has been a troubling factor which could cost them once again this weekend.