Philadelphia Union vs D.C. United:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Kick-off: 0:30 UK Time
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Pennsylvania).
Philadelphia Union keen to bounce back with a win when they host DC United at the Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday evening.
After suffering three defeats in a span of four games Philadelphia Union dropped down to second place in Eastern Conference table. They are at a 4 points gap with the leaders New York City FC and are keen to turn around their bad run of form. Moreover they had just won three games out of the last 11.
While DC United are fifth in the Eastern Conference and are on a three match unbeaten run. However, they had won just two of their last six games, drawing 2 and losing 2. Their recent unbeaten run is on the back of some strong defensive display. Their away form is still shaky and had won just once in this season so far, drawing 5 and losing just twice.
Philadelphia Union: Team News
Center defender Joshua Yaro is suspended for this clash after picking up two yellow cards in the 1-0 loss at Huston last week.
While Maurice Edu remains sidelined with an injury and striker C.J Sapong is expected to return to the starting line-up after coming on as a substitute against Huston Dynamo.
Philadelphia Union: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Blake – Fabinho, Marquez, Tribbett, Rosenberry – Carroll, Barnetta – Pontius, Creavalle, Toux – Sapong.
DC United: Team News
Chris Korb is struggling with an injury, while Collin Martin, Chris Rolfe and Andrew Dykstra are all struggling with fitness.
DC United: Predicted Line-up (4-1-4-1)
Hamid – Kemp, Opare, Robinson, Franklin – Sarvas – Espindola, DeLeon, Acosta, Neagle – Saborio.
Philadelphia Union vs DC United: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams had already met once this season at the Talen Energy Stadium on 20th May. A solo goal by Richie Marquez in the injury time earned Philadelphia Union a 1-0 victory on that occasion.
These two sides are equally poised with 8 wins each from 19 matches played between them in all competitions, drawing the rest two.
Philadelphia are on a three match winning streak at home against DC United in all competitions. They had also won in four of the last 5 home games against United losing just once.
None of the 9 matches in which Philadelphia Union hosted DC United ended in draw, with the hosts winning 6 against 3.
Philadelphia Union vs DC United: Prediction
Philadelphia Union must be considered as a strong entity at home losing just one game this season, however this only defeat was in their last game at the Talen Energy stadium. Philadelphia averages 2.2 goals per game at home this season and despite their difficulties in recent weeks, their scoring form is still good. But they are expected to struggle against a stubborn United defense.
D.C United on the other hand, had their difficulties in converting draws into wins and their recent away form in the league is not that encouraging. With one win from 8 games this season, I can hardly see them getting anything from this game. I expect their three match unbeaten run come to end on Saturday evening.
However, this will be a narrow win for the hosts and goals are likely to stay on the lower side. The safer option is to back Philadelphia on a double chance to win or draw.
- Philadelphia to win
- Under 2.5 goals
- Half Time Draw
- Philadelphia Clean Sheet (Risky)