On Wednesday, May 5, four terrific squads play in a couple of second-leg matches in the CONCACAF Champions League Quarter-Finals. 2020 MLS Tournament Champion Columbus Crew takes on Monterrey in one match. The other match pits top MLS team Portland versus strong Mexican Liga squad America. Check out analysis, CONCACAF Champions League odds, and free picks for Columbus versus Monterrey and Portland against America.
CONCACAF Champions League Quarter-Finals 2nd Leg Matches Betting Analysis
Columbus Crew SC Vs Monterrey
- When: Wednesday, May 5
In April, Columbus beat Real Esteli 4-0 and 1-0 to march into the CONCACAF Champions League quarters. But since those two impressive wins, Columbus has played in 3 straight draws. One of the draws was a 2-2 match versus Monterrey.
The first-leg draw doesn’t favor Columbus. Last season’s MLS champs can’t draw with Monterrey on Wednesday and win on the aggregate. Such is the power of scoring goals on the road. Columbus’ form also makes them tough to back.
The Crew didn’t play well in a 0-0 draw with Montreal on May 1. Montreal possessed the ball 56% to Columbus’ 44%. Granted, the Crew may have looked ahead to this match.
Monterrey heads into this game after beating Mazatlan 1-0. Before the win, the home team had drawn with Columbus. Before the first-leg draw, Monterrey had lost 3 straight.
The form reversal could put Monterrey over the top. The Mexican Liga squad did what they had to in the first-leg. They won’t beat Columbus, but they won’t lose, either. Monterrey will force a 0-0 or 1-1 draw and knock the Crew from the CONCACAF Champions League.
Soccer Pick: Draw
Portland Timbers Vs America
- When: Wednesday, May 5
Like fellow MLS squad Columbus, Portland is up against the wall on Wednesday. The Timbers dominated Marathon 5-0 on April 13. But since the win, Portland’s form has been spotty.
Portland dropped a game to Vancouver on April 18, beat Houston 2-1 on April 24, and then drew with America in the first-leg on April 28. The 3-goal loss to Dallas on May 1 doesn’t inspire.
But the Timbers may have played Dallas soft to save some energy for this match. America is a good soccer club, though. The home team in this has 38 points in the Mexican League, just 3 points behind leader Cruz Azul.
America forced a 1-1 draw in the first-leg. That was the desired result because the match happened on Portland’s pitch. The Timbers must win this straight up to take the aggregate. America won’t allow that.
America should win this by a 1-0 score. The home team is in better form, they beat UNAM 1-0 on May 2, and are feeling good. Portland must turn their form around to challenge America. The home squad wins.
Soccer Pick: America
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