Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution
Venue: PPL Park – Saturday August 29 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 23/20 – Draw 5/2 – New England Revolution 11/5
Philadelphia have lacked the attacking outlets that steadied them to a mid-table finish last term, as they have struggled to make any kind of impact on the league this season.
With one win in their last six in MLS, Philadelphia are desperate for some points and are hoping that home comforts can aid their search for three this weekend, with only eight more to play in the regular season.Embed from Getty Images
Five of their seven wins have come at home this year and in their last five at home they have averaged two goals per game, so they cannot be written off ahead of this clash.
Philadelphia Union’s record in MLS: P26 – W7 – D6 – L13
It’s also crunch time for the Revs this year as they should be looking to finish in the top four of the Eastern Conference, especially considering they were MLS Cup runners-up last year.
Unbeaten in four, New England have come into form at the right time and with the return of Jermaine Jones against Houston Dynamo, things are falling into place ahead of the postseason.
They currently lie six points ahead of nearest chasers Montreal Impact, but with their aspirations they should be looking up the table, rather than below and trying to finish above Toronto FC and Columbus Crew will be the primary objectives now.
New England Revolution’s record in MLS: P25 – W9 – D7 – L9Embed from Getty Images
These two have already met at PPL Park this term, with New England Revolution winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Charlie Davies and Teal Bunbury after Cristian Maidana gave the Union the lead.
Philadelphia Union have four players doubtful for the clash as Maurice Edu, Raymond Lee, Andrew Wenger and goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre all have niggling injuries but could still feature.
New England Revolution are still without Darrius Barnes, who remains out injured. Jermaine Jones is coming back from injury after playing 45 minutes against Houston Dynamo and could be in line to start.
Philadelphia Union’s last five: L/L/D/D/W
New England’s last five: L/W/D/W/W
Key Stat: New England have failed to win in their last eight matches away from home in MLS.
Key Player: Lee Nguyen – USMNT international Nguyen has three goals in his last four and with the imminent return of Jermaine Jones, the playmaker may get more freedom and could cause havoc with his creativity.Embed from Getty Images
Philadelphia Union 1-3 New England Revolution – With the aforementioned return of Jermaine Jones to the Revs side, there comes an added stability to their core. Meaning more freedom for their attacking players and a better platform for their attractive style of play. We expect them to take three points on Saturday night with the Union wilting late on in the campaign.