Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC
Venue: PPL Park – Saturday, June 6 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Sunday, June 7) – Live on Sky Sports 1
Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – New York City 3/1
The Union come into this encounter off the back of an impressive 3-0 win at home to the Columbus Crew in midweek, which marked their third win in four games – their only other game in that time was a narrow 2-1 loss away at DC United.
Philadelphia’s recent good run of form has lifted them to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings as they now occupy the final playoff place after 15 games.
Jim Curtin’s side had only won one of their opening 11 fixtures and seemed to be set for a miserable season but they’ve been revitalised in the last few weeks and will be aiming for a playoff finish.
By contrast, New York City are suffering a barren run of form that has seen them go 11 games without a win (D4, L7), although they have drawn two of the last three.
David Villa scored his first goal since early April at home to the Houston Dynamo last time out to secure a point for Jason Kreis and his team who are three points adrift at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
NYCFC will be looking to the Spaniard to inspire them once again as they seek an elusive victory, although it’s going to be a tough ask on the road against an in-form Philadelphia side.Embed from Getty Images
These two sides met twice in a week back in April with Philadelphia winning their home game 2-1, while it was honours even in New York as it ended in a 1-1 draw.
Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake (knee) is inured, as is midfielder Michael Lahoud (leg). The Union also have injury doubts over Steven Vitoria (hamstring), Ethan White (groin), Antoine Hoppenot (hamstring), Conor Casey and Fernando Aristeguieta (both leg).
New York City FC are without the injured George John (knee), Josh Williams (groin), Javier Calle (groin) and long-term absentee Tony Taylor (knee). There are fitness concerns for Khiry Shelton (knee), Ned Grabavoy (pelvis) and RJ Allen (leg). Mix Diskerud will also miss the game because of international duty.Embed from Getty Images
Philadelphia Union’s last five: L/W/W/L/W
New York City FC’s last five: L/L/D/L/D
Key Stat: New York City have never won an away game in MLS (D2, L4).
Key Player: Sebastien Le Toux – The Frenchman has found his goalscoring boots in the last week with two goals in two games, so he’ll be hoping for more of the same.
Philadelphia Union 2-1 New York City FC – The Union are in good form and we could see a repeat of the scoreline that saw them beat a struggling NYCFC side at home back in April.