Columbus Crew and Monterrey clash tonight at the Historic Crew Stadium in the first leg of an exciting CONCACAF Champions League 2021 quarterfinal-tie. The reigning MLS champions and the Liga MX team are two of the strongest sides in the tournament, and the one who moves forward would have a huge boost by winning this series. Here, you'll find everything there is to know about this game, such as information, storylines, predictions, odds, and even how to watch it in the US.
The Crew made their way into this stage after knocking Real Estelí out with 5-0 in aggregate score. Caleb Porter's boys had a slower start to the MLS 2021, though, as they've tied in a goalless affair with Philadelphia Union. Still, they have a big year ahead having to defend their crown in the US soccer, but their upcoming clash is a very important one as well.
Rayados are always a serious contender in the regional competition, which they've won four times. Javier Aguirre's side didn't have to make a big effort to advance to this round, having beaten the modest Atlético Pantoja 6-1 on aggregate. Still, Monterrey lacked consistency in the Mexican league so far, and they head to this game seeking recovery after losing with Tigres in the Clásico Regio.
Columbus Crew vs Monterrey: Match Information
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time: 8:30 PM (ET)
Location: Historic Crew Stadium, Columbus
Columbus Crew vs Monterrey: Time by State in the US
ET: 8:30 PM
CT: 7:30 PM
MT: 6:30 PM
PT: 5:30 PM
Columbus Crew vs Monterrey: Storylines
The current MLS title holders left Real Estelí on the way after a convincing 4-0 triumph in the second leg to finish the job that began with the previous 1-0 win. Porter's team has only played once in the new local tournament, though, in a match that finished in a goalless draw.
On the other hand, Monterrey have much more games under their belt as the Liga MX Guard1anes Tournament 2021 is reaching its final stages. With only one game left to finish the regular season, Javier Aguirre's side stands at the fourth position, currently earning a playoff berth.
However, Rayados have been struggling recently and lost their last three league games, including a hurtful defeat in the Clásico Regio against lifelong rivals Tigres UANL. Can they recover in the Concachampions to get closer to the semifinals?
How to watch or live stream Columbus Crew vs Monterrey in the US
The game to be played between Columbus Crew and Monterrey for the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League 2021 quarterfinals will be broadcast in the US by TUDN USA, Fox Sports 2, Foxsports.com, TUDN App, and TUDN.com.
Columbus Crew vs Monterrey: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers have placed their bets ahead of this game, and the visitors seem to be favorites. FanDuel has given odds of + to Monterrey, while a Columbus Crew victory have +, and a tie would result in a + payout.
* Odds via FanDuel.