Aron Wright - June 29, 2018
Los Angeles FC vs Philadelphia Union
2018 Major League Soccer
Date: Sunday, 1 July 2018
Kick-Off at 01:00 UK / 02:00 CET
Venue: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, California.
Los Angeles were threatened to slide down the Western Conference standings ahead of the World Cup in Russia having four of their men away at the international duty.
Bob Bradley faced a huge problem knowing he’d be without super important attackers Carlos Vela and Marco Urena. Nevertheless, the other players took advantage to shine as the team surprisingly won four on the bounce to stay third on the West.
Can LA maintain the impressive run of form on Saturday evening when they are to take on the roaring Philadelphia Union? The visitors come into this high on confidence as well following impressive back-to-back wins over New York RB and Vancouver Whitecaps.
However, these wins came in front of the home crowd as performances on the road are causing Jim Curtin’s headaches. Phila lost five, drew one and won one of seven away matches so far in the season.
This will be the first ever head to head encounter between Los Angeles FC and Philadelphia Union.
Norwegian striker Adama Diomande took the most of Vela’s absence by netting three goals in last two appearances for Bradley’s side. He is our top call for the anytime goalscorer pick here at the odds of 2.00.
Overall, LA are enjoying a fabulous attacking form having bagged two or more goals in each of last four games in all competitions, a streak which includes the last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Columbus Crew.
The Union have also been on a decent run of form in the final third lately, meaning we could see goals at both ends in the maiden head to head tie between the two rivals.
You can back such scenario at the 1.53 odds. LA are yet to suffer a defeat on the home patch in this season (nine straight games in all competitions) and they’ll head into this off the back of three consecutive wins at Banc of California Stadium.
We will thus alternatively take the home win at the 1.70 odds.
BTTS @ 1.53
Los Angeles FC to win @ 1.70.