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MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Philadelphia Union

DC United vs Philadelphia Union Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Philadelphia Union 

Venue: RFK Stadium – Sunday, July 26 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports 5) 

Match Odds: DC United 11/10 – Draw 12/5 – Philadelphia Union 12/5

Match Preview

Eastern Conference leaders DC United play host to Philadelphia Union on Sunday night as DC look to return to winning ways after a run of two straight defeats.

DC United come into this game five points clear of Columbus Crew at the top of the Eastern Conference. However, their recent form hasn’t been great due to the absence of Bill Hamid. The shot-stopper has been a huge loss and his absence significantly weakens DC’s backline.

DC United’s 2015 record in MLS: P22 – W10 – D5 – L7

Philadelphia come into this game without a win away from home all season, losing five of their last six on the road.

The Union need inspiration in the final third and with Fernando Aristeguieta a doubt for the game, they are extremely weak in the attacking department. CJ Sapong has delivered the goods on several occasions this term, with six goals in MLS, but hasn’t scored in Philly’s last three games.

Philadelphia Union’s 2015 record in MLS: P21 – W6 – D4 – L11

This will be the third and final regular season meeting between the two this year. Philadelphia won 1-0 at PPL Park in May, before DC won 2-1 at RFK two weeks later, so it’s evenly poised heading into Sunday’s clash.

Both sides will be seeking a win as both will see weaknesses in the other, and with three very valuable points up for grabs, this should be an entertaining affair.

Team News

DC United will be without Bill Hamid as the USMNT keeper’ is recovering from hand and knee surgery. Michael Farfan, Collin Martin, Sean Franklin and Chris Pontius are all doubts. Michael Seaton is away on international duty.

Philadelphia Union’s Michael Lahoud has been deemed questionable. Fernando Aristeguieta, Eric Bird, Andrew Wenger and Richie Marquez are all doubts. Andre Blake is away on international duty.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: W/W/D/L/L

Philadelphia Union’s last five: L/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: DC have lost only once in their last 19 home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Fabian Espindola – The Argentinian striker is the standout talent in this tie, and with 5 assists in nine games, he will be the main provider for the DC attack.

Score Prediction

DC United 2-0 Philadelphia Union – Tough to see past DC winning at RFK in this one, even without the reliable Bill Hamid between the sticks. They should prove too strong for the Union and add three more points to their tally.

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About Jamie Ives (317 Articles)
MLS expert and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own

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