Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union
Venue: Avaya Stadium – Saturday, September 5 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)
Match Odds: San Jose Earthquakes 10/11 – Draw 23/10 – Philadelphia Union 3/1
San Jose come into this game in incredible form, having won their last four in MLS. The Earthquakes have shown great consistency of late with victories over Western Conference leaders LA Galaxy and Eastern Conference leaders DC United proving how good they can be.
They come into this game off the back of four consecutive clean sheets too, which just goes to show how hard it will be for Philadelphia to score this Saturday as the Quakes look rightful favourites.
San Jose Earthquakes’ record in MLS: P26 – W11 – D5 – L10
Philadelphia come into this game rock bottom of the Eastern Conference with only one win in their last seven matches.
Philadelphia have conceded 12 goals in their last five away games – an average of 2.4 goals per match – so it’s clear there are several problems with the side. However, despite this they have shored thing up in recent weeks with back-to-back clean sheets away from home adding a degree of confidence ahead of this weekend’ clash.
Philadelphia Union’s record in MLS: P27 – W7 – D6 – L14Embed from Getty Images
This will be the only regular season meeting between the two clubs this season. The last game between these saw the Union win 4-2 at home but San Jose have never lost at home to Philly in MLS.
For San Jose Earthquakes, both Steven Lenhart and Innocent Emeghara are ruled out, while Clarence Goodson, Jordan Stewart and Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi are doubts heading into this game. Matias Perez Garcia is struggling with an injury to his left leg and may sit out again. Cordell Cato, Sanna Nyassi, Anibal Godoy and Marc Pelosi are all away on international duty.
Vicente Nogueira and Andrew Wenger are both doubts for this clash, while Brian Sylvestre will be facing a late fitness test after missing out last time. Cristian Maidana is suspended after picking up a red card last time out.
San Jose Earthquakes’ last five in MLS: L/W/W/W/W
Philadelphia Union’s last five in MLS: L/D/D/W/L
Key Stat: San Jose Earthquakes have won each of their last four games in MLS without conceding a goal.
Key Player: Quincy Amarikwa – The 27-year-old American has shown some good form of late and we expect him to add to his four goals this weekend against Philadelphia.Embed from Getty Images
San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 Philadelphia Union – With the form that the Earthquakes have shown of late we expect them to control the game and dominate throughout. The Earthquakes have been solid at the back, keeping four clean sheets on the bounce against some of the top sides in the league and they shouldn’t face too many problems here.