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Columbus Crew vs. Monterrey: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

This CONCACAF Champions Cup semi-final is delicately poised following last week's first leg in Ohio where Columbus Crew dominated Mexican giants Monterrey to win the opening encounter 2-1.

The entertaining clash at Lower.com Field saw the Crew go ahead in front of a fervent crowd, who were silenced when Monterrey pegged them back with a second-half equaliser. 

However, Columbus held their nerve and ensured they would take a lead to Mexico on Wednesday when Jacen Russell-Rowe pounced in the 72nd minute to give the MLS side a crucial advantage to take into the second leg at the Estadio BBVA in Guadalupe.

Columbus Crew vs. Monterrey betting picks and predictions

Monterrey to win & over 2.5 goals (+150)

Monterrey remain +200 favorites to win the CONCACAF Champions Cup and they should be able to at least restore parity in this semi-final home leg against Columbus.

The Mexican side have won the title on five occasions and will face either Pachuca or Club America, who drew 1-1 in their semi-final first leg, in the final on June 2nd if they can turn this tie around.

The Crew made the most of their first-ever semi-final appearance but they face a tough test to finish the job on Wednesday night, and they are +375 to secure a win on Mexican soil.

Their only visit to Monterrey in 2021 ended in a 3-0 blowout defeat, and although things may be closer this time around, backing the Rayados to seal a vital victory in a match featuring at least three goals this week looks the best course of action.

All three meetings between the two sides have hit that mark and another lively encounter can be expected on Wednesday.

Monterrey to score first goal (-225)

Columbus Crew's last visit to Monterrey ended in a 3-0 hammering and the Mexican side wasted no time in getting on top in that contest.

It was 2-0 to the Rayados by the half-hour mark and they will be keen to make another fast start as they look to turn this tie around.

A hostile home crowd will have high expectations and Monterrey are a force to be reckoned with at the Estadio BBVA, where they have lost just two of their last 11 games.

A quarter-final tie with Lionel Messi's Inter Miami proved no problem with the Mexican side running out 3-1 winners, and on that occasion they also scored the opening goal after 31 minutes.

Columbus could offer slightly more resistance this week, as Miami were reduced to 10 men following Jordi Alba's red card, but that didn't come until the 78th minute at which point Monterrey were already 3-0 up.

Including that match, Monterrey have scored the opener in their last six home fixtures, so backing them to be first on the scoreboard this week looks a solid bet.

Monterrey to win 3-1 (+1200)

Beating Inter Miami 5-2 over the course of their two-legged quarter-final was an impressive outcome and the 2021 winners look determined to go all the way once again, and they won't be overly-concerned about their first-leg deficit.

Few teams get much change out of Fernando Ortiz's men at their Estadio BBVA stronghold, and the Crew could be given short shrift this week, just as they were three years ago.

It was 3-0 to Monterrey on that occasion but backing a 3-1 outcome looks a good value bet this week.

The Mexican side have kept a clean sheet in just three of their last 11 home fixtures, while a 3-1 final score has occurred on five occasions this season.

Columbus could play their part in an enthralling game but it may ultimately end in defeat.

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Columbus Crew vs. Monterrey odds

Columbus Crew

+375

Tie

+280

Monterrey

-154

Columbus Crew vs. Monterrey player props

Anytime Goalscorer

Brandon Vazquez (Monterrey)

+140

German Berterame (Monterrey)

+175

Rodrigo Aguirre (Monterrey)

+175

Angel Jordan (Monterrey)

+220

Arturo Gonzalez (Monterrey)

+220

Juan Hernandez (Columbus Crew)

+220

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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