Major League Soccer: Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew
Talen Enegry Stadium – Wednesday, July 26 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
Match Odds: Philadelphia 7/5 – Draw 12/5 – Columbus 17/10
Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew: Preview
Wednesday evening sees Philadelphia Union take on Columbus Crew for the second time in four days. The two are separated by eight points ahead of the game, with Columbus three places higher in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia lost 1-0 away at Columbus last Saturday. Their fans will be hoping they can overturn that result this week, however they face a tough task to do so.
The Union have been inconsistent this season and are 9th in the East as a result. They have lost two in a row, but have only lost one of their last seven home games, winning five.
Columbus Crew are 6th in the Eastern Conference coming into Week 21. They will want to make it back-to-back wins against Philadelphia on Wednesday evening. However, after their 1-0 win on Saturday evening, they know this is not going to be a walk in the park.
Gregg Berhalter will have his side well prepared for this game. Another three points here would put them up to 4th in the table, increasing their playoff hopes at a vital stage of the campaign.
Worryingly for Columbus they have only won one of their last five away games, losing the other four. But that win did come in their latest road trip, so they do have something to build on.
Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew: Team News
The Union could be without six players through injury as Maurice Edu, Fabian Herbers and Derrick Jones are out. Raymon Gaddis, Fafa Picault and CJ Sapong are all doubts. Andre Blake and Chris Pontius are away on international duty and will face each other in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final on Wednesday night.
Columbus Crew could also be without six. Gaston Sauro and Ben Swanson remain out for the rest of the season. Niko Hansen, Mohammed Abu and Nicolai Naess are all doubts. Federico Higuain will be the biggest miss for Columbus.
Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew: Key Points
Philadelphia Union’s last five: W/W/D/L/L
Columbus Crew’s last five: L/W/L/W/W
Key Stat: Nines – The Columbus Crew trio of Higuain, Kamara and Meram have netted 27 goals between them this season, all with nine goals each. That’s one more than the entire Philadelphia Union side has managed in 2017.
Key Player: Justin Meram – Columbus Crew’s No. 9 has contributed to 14 of his sides’ 31 goals in the 2017 regular season. If he’s on song here, the Union will struggle to contain him.
Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew: Prediction
Philadelphia Union 1-2 Columbus Crew –Philadelphia to fall short against Columbus again. Recent form and stats give Columbus Crew the edge, but they are going to have to improve on their away performances if they are to take all three points in what should be an intriguing matchup between the pair again.