Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls
Venue: PPL Park – Saturday, August 1 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: Philadelphia 7/5 – Draw 11/4 – NY Red Bulls 17/10
The Union were 2-0 up away at DC United after four minutes last weekend but somehow lost 3-2, summing up their problems this year.
They are ninth in the East but are only two points off a playoff place and remain in the hunt for postseason football if they can regain their form.Embed from Getty Images
They have already beaten their opponents this weekend twice this year, winning 2-0 away at Red Bull Arena in the league and then seeing them off on penalties in the US Open Cup just over a week ago.
New York travel to Philadelphia off of back-to-back wins and look back on track after a midseason blip a month ago.
They are nine points off DC United at the top of the East with four games in hand and look set to make the playoffs now they’ve rediscovered their form.Embed from Getty Images
The addition of Shaun Wright-Phillips will strengthen them further and could see his brother Bradley recapture his goalscoring form, starting with a trip to PPL Park on Saturday.
The Union will be without Michael Lahoud, Raymond Lee, Andrew Wenger and Vincent Nogueira, while Richie Marquez is a doubt.
New York Red Bulls have two concerns as Chris Duvall is out and Ronald Zubar is a doubt once again.
Philadelphia Union’s last five: W/D/W/L/L
New York Red Bulls’ last five: W/W/L/W/W
Key Stat: There have been 19 goals in the last five matches between these two in Philadelphia – an average of 3.8 per game.
Key Player: CJ Sapong – The Union attacker netted the fastest goal in Philadelphia history last weekend and has been in fine form in front of goal this year. Expect him to be involved again on Saturday.
Philadelphia Union 2-2 New York Red Bulls – The Union are a much better side at home but have lost their last two on the bounce and will struggle to beat a Red Bulls side in good form. A draw looks the most likely outcome but there should be goals in this one.