Philadelphia Union vs Chicago Fire
MLS Eastern Conference
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Kick-off: 0:00 BST
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Pennsylvania).
The Talen Energy Stadium will play host to Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire in the early hours of Thursday (UK time), with both teams preparing to return back to winning ways in MLS 2016 season.
Last Saturday was a heartbreak to Philadelphia Union players and fans as their nine game undefeated run in all competitions was put to a halt by a 3-2 away defeat to New York City FC. It could have ended as a nightmare when New York City FC went 3-0 up just 50 minutes into the game, but the Phillies were able to pull 2 back to avoid the disgrace. The Phillies are still on the no1 spot for f the Eastern Conference table with 23 points, now they will be hosting Chicago Fire at home in Pennsylvania and they will be looking to grab maximum points.
Meanwhile Chicago Fire suffered same fate as their opponent last Sunday when their 3 game unbeaten run in all competition was halted in a 2-1 defeat to Colorado Rapids. The Fire came close to grabbing a stalemate 1-1 in the game but Colorado Rapids fought so hard to find the back of the net in the final minute of the game handing the Fire their 6th defeat of the season to push them bottom of the Eastern conference table after 13 league games.
- The Union have been good at home, they won 6 of their last 8 home MLS games and drawn 2.
- Also the Union are dangerous upfront, they have scored 23 goals from 15 league matches.
- The Fire only have 11 points this season, with just 2 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses from their 13 league games.
- The Fire have the worst rated attackers this season, scoring only 11 goals from their last 13 league games.
- Also the Fire has a bad record away this season, they are without a win in their last 6 away games, and they have lost 4 and drawn 2.
Philadelphia Union: Team News
Besides Maurice Edu and C.J Sapong, Philadelphia Union has no new injury concerns.
Philadelphia Union Predicted Line up (4-3-3):
Blake – Gaddis, Marquez, Tribbett, Rosenberry – Carroll, Barnetta, Creavalle – Pontius, Herbers, Le Toux
Chicago Fire: Team News
Chicago Fire have 3 injury concerns as Matt Polster, Collin Fernandez and John Goossens are all out on injuries.
Chicago Fire Predicted Lineup (4-3-3):
Johnson – Harrington, Campbell, Kappelhof, Ramos – Thiam, Alvarez, Meira – Igboananike, Accam, La Brocca.
Philadelphia Union vs Chicago Fire Head to Head sats
This is the second tie between the 2 teams this season as the first tie went in favour of Chicago Fire as they defeated the Phillies 1-0 at Chicago.
The Phillies have won just 1 game in their last six games against Chicago Fire in all competitions, they have lost two game to Chicago Fire and drawn 3.
Philadelphia Union vs Chicago Fire: Predictions
I see Philadelphia Union as the huge favourites in this game considering their good home run. They are unbeaten in their last nine MLS home fixtures, while Chicago Fire are currently without a win in their last 23 away games in the league.
Games between this two teams have always been tough and tricky affair which normally records less number of goals. The safest option here is to tip a narrow win in favour of Philadelphia Union.
1. Philadelphia win
2. Philadelphia first half clean sheet
3. Under 2.5 goals (risky)