Philadelphia Union vs L.A Galaxy: Preview and Prediction

D.C. United vs New York City F.C;
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Thursday, 12-May-2016.
Kick-off: 00:00 GMT,
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium.

A tough test wait for Philadelphia Union when they host L.A Galaxy on Wednesday evening, 11th May 2016, kick-off at 7 pm Eastern Time.

Philadelphia Union third in the Eastern Conference table are back in action after having a weekend off. They played out a 1-1 draw against San Jose Earthquakes in their last match at the same venue, after conceding a late equalizer against a team who were reduced to 10 men around the hour mark. They are unbeaten at home in the league so far this season after winning in 3 and drawing 1.

L.A Galaxy are coming on a back of a thrilling 4-2 home win against New England Revolution in the weekend, which earned them their third win in four games. They are also unbeaten in their last 7 league games and are having an impressive goal scoring form after scoring 14 goals in their last three matches. Galaxy had played 4 games on the road so far, but won only once, while drawn 2 and lost 1. They are currently second in the Western Conference table, and a win here will put them on top of the overall standings.

Philadelphia Union Team News:

Maurice Edu is out with an injury since March and is expected to be back only by around the month of July. While Ken Tribbett who missed the last match with an ankle sprain is close to fitness, but remains a doubt here.

Philadelphia Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1):

Blake – Rosenberry, Yaro, Marquez, Gaddis – Creavalle, Nogueira – Toux, Barnetta, Pontius – Sarpong.

L.A Galaxy Team News:

Ashley Cole returns to the squad after serving his one match ban and could start here in the place of Robbie Rogers.

Robbie Keane scored two goals in his return from injury and is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up if fitness doesn’t become an issue.

While the ex-Liverpool icon Steven Gerrad is also pushing for a start after scoring a goal in the 4-2 rout of New England Revolutions in the weekend.

L.A Galaxy Predicted Line-up (4-3-3):

Rowe – DeLaGarza, Steres, Van Damme, Cole – Larentowicz, Gerrard, Boateng – Dos Santos, Zardes, Keane.

Philadelphia Union vs L.A Galaxy: Head-to-Head Stats

L.A Galaxy has a strong head-to-head record against Philadelphia Union, after winning in six of the eight meetings between the sides so far, with one draw and a loss.

The Galaxy have also won in the last three meetings against Union, also by a big margins which reflects in the goal difference 13-3.

The last meeting between the teams was on 20th June 2015 at Stub Hub Center, Galaxy won it 5-1 on that occasion.

Philadelphia haven’t won in any of their three matches against L.A so far, with 1 draw and 2 defeats.

Philadelphia Union vs L.A Galaxy: Prediction

Philadelphia are unbeaten in their 4 matches at home so far and conceded just 2 goals, while scoring 8. While Galaxy are unbeaten in their last 3 away games, with 2 draws and a win.

Philadelphia might be a better team on home vs away form at the moment, but their overall record against Galaxy is terrible. Galaxy lead the head-to-head in 8 matches with 6 wins and 1 draw.

Looking at the scoring form Galaxy are in at the moment, this could once again tip in their favour. I expect to see over 2.5 goals once again and we could see the match finish in a 3-1 win for LA Galaxy.

Philadelphia Union vs LA Galaxy-Statistical Prediction MLS 11-May-2016
Philadelphia Union vs LA Galaxy: Statistical Prediction