Columbus Crew vs Monterrey Match Analysis & Prediction

Columbus Crew

25/04/2024 3:15 am

Monterrey

Making their first-ever appearance in the semi-finals of the Concacaf Champions Cup, the Columbus Crew host Monterrey in the first leg of that tie on Thursday at Lower.com Field.

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Columbus held their nerve against Mexican giants Tigres in the quarter-finals, progressing from that tie 4-3 on penalties after both matches ended in a 1-1 draw, while Rayados beat Inter Miami in the previous round 5-2 on aggregate.

The Crew have been able to do what few MLS sides have done in past seasons, successfully navigate through the Champions Cup and the domestic campaigns at the same time, currently fourth in the Eastern Conference, while they are unbeaten in four CCC matches played this year.

While Wilfred Nancy employs an attractive brand of football that relies on baiting opponents out of position with their short passing, his side have been much sounder defensively that they are accustomed to be seen, conceding a goal or fewer in each of their Champions Cup matches this season.

Columbus have never beaten a Mexican opponent over 90 minutes since defeating Santos Laguna 1-0 at the old Historic Crew Stadium during the group stage of this competition in 2010.

On Sunday, the Crew erased a pair of one-goal deficits to secure a 2-2 draw against the Portland Timbers, remaining unbeaten at Lower.com Field across all competitions this season, while they have not lost a competitive home game in normal time since April 29, 2023, when they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Inter Miami in MLS play.

A dramatic comeback victory in the opening leg of their quarter-final tie shifted the momentum to Monterrey, who handled one of the competition favourites, Inter Miami, with ease in that return leg, winning 3-1.

Their opening leg victory over Inter Miami was the only time this team had ever found themselves behind in a Champions Cup encounter this year, while they are unbeaten in 2024 when scoring the opening goal.

As a result, Fernando Ortiz has them back in the semi-finals of this competition for the first time since 2021, with the Mexicans progressing in all five of their previous appearances at this stage, en route to lifting the trophy each time.

With six wins from six CCC matches this year, Monterrey are the only side remaining in this tournament with a 100% record, outscoring their opponents by a combined margin 15-4.

However, Monterrey enter this contest in a minor slump away from home, losing their last two compettiive matches as the visitors, both in Liga MX, including a 2-0 defeat over the weekend to the CCC winnwers from last season, Club Leon.

Columbus Crew vs. Monterrey Head to head

These two teams have only previously met twice, with Monterrey winning once while they played out one draw.

  • 29/04/2021
    Columbus Crew
    2
    Monterrey
    2
    Concacaf Champions Cup
  • 06/05/2021
    Monterrey
    3
    Columbus Crew
    0
    Concacaf Champions Cup
  • 25/04/2024
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  • 25/04/2024
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  • 25/04/2024
    Columbus Crew
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    Monterrey
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    Concacaf Champions Cup

Columbus Crew Team News

Columbus were once against without Christian Ramirez on Sunday due to a thigh injury, while backup goalkeeper Evan Bush remains sidelined after hurting his wrist.

Aidan Morris is eligible to return for this match, having missed the decisive second leg victory over Tigres through suspension.

Columbus Crew's Last 5 Matches

  • 03/04/2024
    Columbus Crew
    1
    Tigres UANL
    1
    Concacaf Champions Cup
  • 07/04/2024
    Columbus Crew
    1
    DC United
    1
    MLS
  • 10/04/2024
    Tigres UANL
    1
    Columbus Crew
    1 P
    Concacaf Champions Cup
  • 14/04/2024
    Real Salt Lake
    0
    Columbus Crew
    0
    MLS
  • 21/04/2024
    Columbus Crew
    2
    Portland Timbers
    2
    MLS

Monterrey Team News

Jesus Manuel Corona may be a game-time decision for Monterrey due to a minor knock, while Luis Romo is doubtful due to an unknown injury.

Brandon Vazquez got Monterrey started in their previous CCC match, scoring his fourth of the competition before German Berterame and Jesus Gallardo notched the insurance markers.

Monterrey's Last 5 Matches

  • 04/04/2024
    Inter Miami
    1
    Monterrey
    2
    Concacaf Champions Cup
  • 07/04/2024
    Cruz Azul
    2
    Monterrey
    1
    Liga MX
  • 11/04/2024
    Monterrey
    3
    Inter Miami
    1
    Concacaf Champions Cup
  • 14/04/2024
    Monterrey
    3
    Tigres UANL
    3
    Liga MX
  • 21/04/2024
    Leon
    2
    Monterrey
    0
    Liga MX

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