Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew
Venue: PPL Park – Wednesday, June 3rd – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Thursday, June 4th)
Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 13/10 – Draw 23/10 – Columbus Crew 21/10
Philadelphia come into this one off the back of a 2-1 loss to DC United, which was their third loss in their last five games.
Jim Curtin‘s side has won two on the bounce prior to that though they have been in inconsistent form so far this campaign, which has seen them lose eight of their 14 regular season games. If they are to push for a playoff spot they are going to need to make their home form count, but things aren’t all that bad, as they are only two points adrift of the top six in the Eastern Conference.
Conceding goals has been a real problem for The Union and they haven’t been too good in front of goal either, scoring just 14 times this campaign, with Curtin’s forwards netting only six goals combined.Embed from Getty Images
Sebastien Le Toux notched his first of the season in the loss against DCU, but it was a disappointing result and The Union will be hoping to turn around their fortunes on Wednesday evening.
Columbus Crew come into the game after back-to-back draws. The Crew’s away form hasn’t been good but they will fancy their chances of picking up their first away win of the season in this one.
Gregg Berhalter will be delighted with Kei Kamara’s form as the forward has ten goals in 12 appearances so far this season and he looks on track to win the Golden Boot if he can keep it up.Embed from Getty Images
Columbus thumped The Union 4-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and will be hoping for much of the same this time out.
Philadelphia Union could be without up to seven players through injury. Andre Blake, Michael Lahoud, Steven Vitoria, Conor Casey, Antoine Hoppenot, Raymon Gaddis and Jimmy McLaughlin are doubtful. Vincent Nogueira is one booking away from a suspension.
Columbus Crew have just two injury concerns as Wil Trapp and Matt Lampson are sidelined, while Michael Parkhurst is suspended following his red card against Orlando City last weekend.
Philadelphia Union’s last five: L/L/W/W/L
Columbus Crew’s last five: L/W/L/D/D
Key Stat: Columbus Crew have yet to win on the road this season. This will give Philadelphia confidence heading into the tie.
Key Player: Kei Kamara – The striker’s performances cannot be ignored when picking a key player for this one. He is in scintillating form and will look to add to his impressive tally.Embed from Getty Images
Philadelphia Union 1-1 Columbus Crew – A combination of Union’s inconsistent run of form and Crew SC’s inability to win on the road will inevitably lead to a draw here.