Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: PPL Park – Saturday, June 27 – 19:00 ET (0:00 BST)
Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 1/1 – Draw 5/2 – Montreal Impact 13/5
Philadelphia Union welcome Montreal Impact to PPL Park this weekend looking to win a second match in four days, while Montreal will be looking to get back to winning ways after their defeat at Toronto on Wednesday night.
The Union are full of confidence after their 1-0 home win over Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders on Wednesday as a solitary CJ Sapong goal earned them a valuable three points.
Sapong has been in free goalscoring form as of late, netting four goals in his last four appearances. He is the main threat in front of goal for the Union right now and all the focus is on him.
Philadelphia have won four from nine MLS matches at PPL Park this season, with the Columbus Crew, Seattle Sounders and DC United all beaten in Philadelphia.Embed from Getty Images
There are just two points separating the Union from a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference at the midpoint of the season and they will look to take three from a Montreal Impact side who have been relatively poor away from home this term.
The Impact have played five games less than the Union but they are sat just one point behind them in the Eastern. Their CONCACAF Champions League campaign has left them trailing behind the in terms of games played and so they have a lot to play for.
The Impact have only won once on the road this season with a 2-1 victory at the Columbus Crew earlier this month in what was an incredible result and one that many probably didn’t expect to happen.Embed from Getty Images
Montreal have never won at PPL Park so a victory here would be their first in five attempts and would see them climb above the hosts on Saturday night.
Philadelphia Union have doubts over Sebastien Le Toux (knee), Michael Lahoud (thigh), Fernando Aristeguieta (leg) and Conor Casey (thigh) but Steven Vitoria is ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Montreal impact have plenty of injury concerns with Adrian Lopez (knee), Justin Mapp (elbow), Cameron Porter (knee) and Kenny Cooper (knee) all out. Doubts hang over Hassoun Camara (knee) and Eric Miller (hamstring).
Philadelphia Union last five: L/W/L/L/W
Montreal Impact last five: W/W/L/W/L
Key Stat – Montreal Impact have only scored four goals from seven games away from home this season.
Key Player: CJ Sapong – The young American has six goals this season, with four in his last four. He is in great form and will be a huge threat to a Montreal Impact side who struggle for victories on the road.
Philadelphia Union 2-0 Montreal Impact – Although both teams have played midweek, Philadelphia are at home and haven’t had to travel during the week. Home comforts set the tone for this one as the Union should record back-to-back wins for the second time this year.