Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew
Date: 26 February 2023, Sunday
Kick-off at 00:30 UK / 01:30 CET
Venue: Subaru Park (Chester).
The reigning Eastern Conference champions Philadelphia Union will start the new season with the home fixture against Columbus Crew on Saturday evening at Subaru Park.
The Union will try and forget the painful defeat in the MLS Championship game last season when they fell on penalties to Los Angeles FC following a staggering 3-3 draw.
Phila enter the new campaign with the highest ambitions. Jim Curtin’s men looked impressive in the offseason, winning each of the previous thee encounters with New England, Cincinnati, and Colorado Rapids.
The Union bagged at least two goals in each of four preseason checks, including the total of seven in the last two home wins over Cincy and Colorado.
We like their chances in the season opener against Columbus Crew who have been struggling with the lack of defensive meticulousness in the last several campaigns.
Columbus are capable of causing problems to any team in this league on their day. However, their back line is still too weak to cope with strong offensive units which is why we are by no means optimistic regarding the Crew’s chances of getting a result on Saturday in Chester.
Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew Head-to-head
- The home court advantage has played a big role in the history of this matchup.
- Columbus Crew own a better H2H record overall but they have managed just 5 wins and 10 losses in the last 17 road games against the Union.
- None of the previous five head to head meetings between these rivals saw goals scored at both ends.
Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew Prediction
We believe the time has come for the low-scoring trend to be terminated in the H2H clashes between these rivals. Both teams have done well offensively in the preseason exhibitions and we can hardly see either keeping things quiet at the back when they come across each other.
The hosts obviously remain the favorites for the win, especially after the displays they have put up in the offseason. We are going for Philadelphia Union to win & Both Teams To Score pick at the odds of 3.60.
Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew Betting Tips
Philadelphia Union to win & Both Teams To Score @ 3.60 (13/5)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.85 (17/20) odd.