Philadelphia Union vs New York Red Bulls:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Monday, July 18, 2016
Kick-off: 0:00 UK Time
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Pennsylvania).
Philadelphia Union look to regain the top spot in Eastern Conference when they host LA Galaxy on Sunday.
Philadelphia Union start their Monday’s game at second spot in the Eastern Conference table with 29 points from 19 matches. They are just a point behind New York City FC, who will be in action against Montreal Impact the same day. Red Bulls are third in the table at a 2 points distance from Union and they are on constant pressure from Montreal and Toronto behind them.
Union defeated DC Union 3-0 in their previous fixture ending a run of two consecutive defeats. Their last 5 matches in the league read 2 wins and 3 draws. At the Talen Energy stadium, they have a good record this season after losing just 1 defeat so far this season. While they had won 7 and drawn 2 of the 10 home games.
LA Galaxy fought to see off Orlando City 2-0 at home in their last round fixture, registering their first win in 5 games. They lost 2 and drawn 2 of the previous 4. The Red Bulls are a strong side at home, but extremely poor on the road. They won just once in away games so far this season, that was a 7-0 win on 20th May against City rivals New York City FC. Other than this their away record so far this season reads 7 losses and 2 draws from the 10 games played so far.
Philadelphia Union: Team News
Maurice Edu remains out with an injury, while Sebastien Le Toux and CJ Sapong are doubtful to start. Considering the importance of this fixture, the latter two are likely to make to the team sheet.
Philadelphia Union Predicted Line up (4-2-3-1):
Blake – Rosenberry, Yaro, Marquez, Fabinho – Carroll, Creavalle – Pontius, Barnetta, Le Toux – Sapong.
New York Red Bulls: Team News
Damien Perrinelle is back to fitness after missing the last few games through injury and is available for selection.
Kemar Lawrence is the only player missing for Red Bulls who is sidelined with an injury.
New York Red Bulls: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Robles – Lade, Zubar, Ouimette, Zizzo – McCarthy, Felipe – Grella, Kljestan, Sam – Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Philadelphia Union vs New York Red Bulls: Head-to-Head Stats
- Last 18 matches: New York Red Bulls – 9 wins, Philadelphia Union – 7 wins, Draws – 2.
- Philadelphia Union at home vs New York Red Bulls (9 matches): 5 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses.
- The teams had met already once in a competitive match this season, in the US Open Cup which resulted in a 2-1 home win for the Philadelphia Union.
- In the three MLS fixtures of the 2015 season, Red Bulls won two against Union’s one.
Philadelphia Union vs New York Red Bulls: Prediction
This is a top of the table battle and both teams are expected to field the strongest possible line-up and look for a win here. I believe, based on the overall form of the two sides and poor away form of the visitors, Union must be considered as strong favorites to win this. But picking an outright winner for this particular clash involves high risk, so backing the hosts on a double chance will be optimal.
Philadelphia Union averages 2.3 goals per game at home this season and I think it’s a good choice to back them to score at least twice here. There is also a good chance for both teams score and we might witness over 2.5 goals.
Philadelphia Union vs New York Red Bulls: Tips
Philadelphia Union Over 1.5 goals.
Double Chance – Union/Draw.