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Kansas City Wizards at Columbus Crew  
Thursday, 8:00 pm Eastern – ESPN 2

The Columbus Crew sits in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference while the Kansas City Wizards are tied for last place but only 7 points separate the two teams as they enter play on Thursday.  The two teams are meeting for the third time this season and so far it has been all Columbus as they have won both meetings.  The Crew won 2-1 at home and 3-0 at Kansas City.  

Columbus Crew is a -135 favorite with a total of 2.5 at SBG Global 

Columbus is coming off a 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake last Saturday.  The loss ended a four-game unbeaten streak for Columbus.  The Crew was shutout for the first time in more than a month. "I just think we didn't look sharp," said Crew head coach Sigi Schmid. "We had a couple of opportunities, if Guillermo scores and makes it 1-1, instead of hitting the post; that changes the game. I thought Marshall had a pretty open header, on the corner. If he puts that one in I think the game tips a little bit and we get a little momentum. We needed a shot of adrenaline, and the only way that was going to come was through a goal, and that didn't happen."  

The Kansas City Wizards are unbeaten in their last four games including a 2-1 win against New York last Thursday. "We're extremely pleased to get the three points. It puts us right back in the mix. Today was a must-win as far as I was concerned," Kansas City coach Curt Onalfo said. "... Still, there are times in the game where we are a little too naïve and we give them too much territory and allow them to at least get back into it. We fell asleep, and we got punished. When you fall asleep, Angel is going to punish you."  The win was huge for Kansas City who is now unbeaten over the last month. "It's been an uphill battle, and we're at .500 halfway through the season," said Onalfo. "We need to continue to move up. We need to be positioned well by the last 10 games of the season so we can make a run for sure to make the playoffs and try to get home-field advantage."

Here are the Soccer Bettingstats for Thursday’s game.  The teams have met 36 times in history and they have split with each team winning 16 times with 4 ties.  At Columbus the Crew has 10 wins, Kansas City has 7 and there have been two draws.  Last year the home team won each of the three games.  Kansas City has won eight of the last 13 meetings between the two teams overall.