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

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.


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

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

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

Match Odds: NYCFC 13/10 – Draw 23/10 – Philadelphia 21/10

Match Preview

New York City FC host Philadelphia Union as Major League Soccer springs back into life following a two-week international break for the Copa America Centenario.

These Eastern Conference rivals will hope that they can pick back up following the short break, with the visiting Union looking to keep their place at the top of the East.

NYCFC will be desperate to improve on recent results here. Patrick Vieira has had a long time to prepare for this game and will not want to see the club’s four-game winless run extended on Saturday.

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That said, there is little to suggest the club will go on and win this game in front of their own fans. They have been very poor at home this year, winning just one of nine at Yankee Stadium – a return that is far from good enough.

Philadelphia will look to capitalise on any New York City slip-ups as they are looking to set a club record if they can stretch their unbeaten run to nine games on Saturday afternoon.

The Union have been excellent this term and beat Columbus 3-2 in their last outing. They have only managed to win one away game so far, but they come into this one unbeaten in three-straight games on the road.

Jim Curtin’s side are four points clear at the top of the East but will be looking to continue picking up points as they chase Supporters’ Shield leaders Colorado Rapids, who sit five points ahead at this stage.

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This will be the second meeting between the sides this season. Philadelphia beat NYCFC 2-0 at Talen Energy Stadium back in April thanks to goals from Chris Pontius and CJ Sapong before halftime. That result kickstarted their current eight-game unbeaten run and so they will no doubt be tough to beat here.

Team News

New York City will still be without Connor Brandt and Federico Bravo for this clash. Ronald Matarrita was the only international absentee and his Costa Rica side have been eliminated from the Copa America so he should be available for selection.

Philadelphia are still without Maurice Edu, while Josh Yaro is a doubt with a shoulder problem. Andre Blake was with Jamaica at the Copa America but they are no longer involved in the competition and so he is back with his Union teammates.

Key Points

New York City’s last five: W/D/L/D/L

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

Key Stat: Leaky – New York City have conceded 13 goals in their last four home games – an average of 3.25 per game.

Key Player: Chris Pontius – The Union midfielder has been in great form since moving from DC United during the offseason. He has five goals for the season and has already netted against NYCFC this term. Expect him to threaten Josh Saunders’ goal on Saturday evening.

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Score Prediction

New York City FC 1-1 Philadelphia Union – Both sides might be a little rusty after the two-week break but they will both know this is an important game. New York City don’t find it too difficult to find the net at home but they just can’t seem to win in front of their own fans. Philadelphia don’t tend to win much away, but they are a solid outfit this term and will settle for another draw on Saturday.