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MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Philadelphia Union

New York City looking to get back to winning ways as they host Philadelphia Union this weekend

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Saturday, June 3 – 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)

Match Odds: New York City FC  4/5 – Draw 11/4 – Philadelphia Union 3/1

Match Preview

New York City FC are live on Sky Sports this weekend as they play host to Philadelphia Union on Saturday evening. The Eastern Conference rivals are separated by five points in the table.

In the earlier meeting between the two sides this season NYCFC came off 2-0 winners away from home at Talen Energy Stadium. Jack Harrison and David Villa with the goals in April.

However, recent form has seen the Citizens fall short of expectation. With only one win in their last five, City are slightly off the pace and will want to return to winning ways in style this weekend. They are expected to go deep into the playoffs and potentially challenge for the MLS Cup, so a win is necessary.

Philadelphia have been the opposite, with only one loss in their last six (four wins), the Union are in form. As history shows, results can drastically fluctuate in MLS, so it’s important to capitalise on a good run of form.

The Union will want to forget about their last outing as they fell victims to a struggling Real Salt Lake side, 1-0. Their confidence will surely have taken a dent with this loss.

Playing on the road has been a struggle for Philadelphia as they have just one win away from home in 2017. New York City FC will want to seize this opportunity to pick up three much needed points, for which they are strong favourites to do so.

Team News

New York City are still waiting on Khiry Shelton to regain fitness following a hamstring injury, and so he remains sidelined. Ronald Matarrita and Andrea Pirlo are questionable and not expected to be risked.

Philadelphia remain without Maurice Edu who has no scheduled return. Brian Carroll and Fabian Herbers are also out. Joshua Yaro is a doubt as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Key Points

New York City FC’s last five: D/L/W/L/D

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

Key Stat: Philadelphia Union have only won one of their last eleven away matches in MLS.

Key Player: David Villa – Last year’s MLS MVP will prove difficult to stop on his home ground. With eight goals already this season, Villa is bang in form.

Score Prediction

New York City FC 2-0 Philadelphia Union – Philadelphia’s form will give them confidence going into this huge clash, but as mentioned away from home it has been a different story. We see NYCFC being too strong with home comforts on their side.

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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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