MLS Preview and Prediction: Chicago Fire vs Philadelphia Union

Competition: Major League Soccer – Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

Venue: Toyota Park – Saturday, April 2 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)

Match Odds: Chicago Fire 11/10 – Draw 12/5 – Philadelphia Union 12/5 

Match Preview

Chicago Fire host Philadelphia Union on Saturday evening following the international break, with the home side still in pursuit of their first win of the season.

Life under new coach Veljko Paunovic has started slowly but he has installed a new system, and with it, a stronger defensive work ethic which should start to yield results sooner rather than later.

Paunovic also trusts his younger players, proven by the fact rookie Brandon Vincent has played every minute so far in a wing back role and seems to be settling in well.

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Only time will tell how well the Fire adapt under their new boss but three points will be expected on Saturday.

Philadelphia Union have started 2016 with two impressive wins after an opening day defeat at the hands of FC Dallas. Since then they have managed to defeat Columbus Crew 2-1 away from home, before blowing away New England Revolution 3-0 before the international break.

Much of their early success is down to the consistency of new recruits Chris Pontius and Keegan Rosenberry who have fit in well thus far. CJ Sapong is providing a good platform for the team to build on in attack and Jim Curtin will be delighted with what he has seen to this point.

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Things are looking up for the Union who still have Maurice Edu to come back into the fold later in the season, and who knows, they could be pushing for the playoffs come September.

These two sides met three times last year, with each winning once. The most recent meeting saw the pair play out an exhilarating 3-3 draw in Philadelphia, though Chicago won the lone meeting at Toyota Park 1-0.

Team News

Chicago Fire will be without Patrick McLain, while Sean Johnson and David Accam are both doubts but should be fit enough to make the squad come kickoff.

Philadelphia Union are still without Maurice Edu for the foreseeable future. Tranquillo Barnetta, Vincent Nogueira and Cole Missimo are all doubts but will hope to recover in time to feature.

Key Points

Chicago Fire’s form: L/D/D

Philadelphia Union’s form: L/W/W

Key Stat: Chicago are unbeaten in six-straight MLS meetings with the Union. A run that stretches back to August 2013.

Key Player: CJ Sapong  The Union striker has been in excellent form early on this term and has played a crucial part in recent wins, scoring twice last time out against New England. We expect this form to continue in what is certainly a winnable game for Philadelphia.

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Score Prediction

Chicago Fire 1-2 Philadelphia Union – Chicago are yet to register a win this term, while Philadelphia have won two on the bounce. We’re expecting the Union to edge this one, but a very open and exciting match could be played out at Toyota Park on Saturday evening.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Philadelphia Union vs Orlando City

Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City 

Venue: PPL Park – Sunday, October 25 – 17:00 ET (21:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 13/10 – Draw 5/2 – Orlando City 19/10

Match Preview

Philadelphia Union welcome Orlando City to PPL Park in their final game of the regular season with the away side chasing an unlikely playoff spot.

Philadelphia haven’t had much to shout about this season but will be hoping to end on a high and deny Orlando any slim chance they have of making the knockout rounds.

The home side come into this one of the back of their 4-1 thumping at the hands of New York Red Bulls.

The have a lot to improve on for next season and will want to come back stronger in 2016 with a push for the playoffs.

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Orlando City can still make the playoffs, but they require New England Revolution to lose and an eight goal difference swing in their favour, unlikely, but stranger things have happened.

We can expect the away side to go for it from the off, that’s all they can do here, but they have to ensure they don’t leave themselves vulnerable at the back.

They come into this one off the back of their 2-1 win over New York City FC, their 5th win on the bounce, form which has seen a late playoff serge.

This has been a solid first season for Orlando and they have the potential to become a force in MLS.

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Team News

Philadelphia Union have three injury concerns. Jimmy McLaughlin, Brian Sylvester and Maurice Edu are all out. Steven Vitoria is suspended.

Orlando City have six injuries to deal with. Kevin Molino, Conor Donovan, Earl Edwards Jr. and Tally Hall are all out. Rafael Ramos and Tommy Redding are doubts.

Key Points

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

Orlando City’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Orlando City have scored at least two goals in their last three MLS games.

Key Player: Kaka – The Brazilian masterclass has plenty of experience in the biggest games, if Orlando are to stand any chance of making the playoffs they need goals, Kaka obviously has the ability to provide and finish chances against any opponent.

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Score Prediction

Philadelphia Union 1-3 Orlando City – Orlando to push hard for the eight goal swing, but ultimately leave themselves suspect to the counter.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Philadelphia Union

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union 

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, September 26 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 4/6 – Draw 3/1 – Philadelphia Union 15/4

Match Preview

New England Revolution host the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night and will look to recover their imperious form after suffering a 3-0 loss to Montreal last time out.

New England’s current form sees them in a strong position going into the playoffs as they look certain to be MLS Cup contenders once again. A win here will guarantee a playoff spot and the home fans will expect nothing less than three points.

Being only two points off the Eastern Conference leading Red Bulls, the Revs have a strong chance of still winning the conference, and with back-to-back MLS Cup finals a real possibility, the Revs are a force to be feared.

New England Revolution’s record in MLS: P30 – W13 – D7 – L10

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At the opposite end of the Eastern Conference are the Philadelphia Union, who have lost half of their 30 MLS games so far this year.

Currently sitting six points off Montreal Impact in the hunt for the last playoff spot, the Union are basically all but out of the race for that prestigious sixth spot, unless something truly special happens for them.

They are sitting second from bottom in the Supporters’ Shield standings with four games to play, so it’s been another tough season and there’s plenty of room to improve once more going into the next campaign.

Philadelphia Union’s record in MLS: P30 – W9 – D6 – L15

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Team News

New England Revolution are still without Darrius Barnes as he is still out with a torn patellar tendon. However, the rest of Jay Heaps’ squad are available and will be fighting for starting roles.

Philadelphia Union will be missing Jimmy McLaughlin through a concussion injury. Andrew Wenger, Fernando Aristeguieta and Brian Sylvestre are all doubts but could feature.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/W/W/L

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

Key Stat: New England have only lost once at home in their last 25 MLS matches.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – USMNT playmaker Nguyen is the gem of the pack and a huge asset to his side. Expect him to create countless chances and cause the Union’s defence real problems from the outset.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-0 Philadelphia Union – We’re not expecting any surprises here as New England are one of the teams to beat at the moment in MLS. And away from home, the Union have only managed three wins. Comfortable home win for us.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Philadelphia Union vs New England Revolution

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

Match Preview

New England Revolution travel to PPL Park to take on Philadelphia Union on Saturday night in a game that the Revs will see as a must win between the two Eastern Conference rivals.

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.

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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 – L9

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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.

Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.

MLS Preview and prediction: Philadelphia Union vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact

Venue: PPL Park – Saturday, June 27 – 19:00 ET (0:00 BST)

Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 1/1 – Draw 5/2 – Montreal Impact 13/5

Match Preview

Philadelphia Union welcome Montreal Impact to PPL Park this weekend looking to win a second match in four days, while Montreal will be looking to get back to winning ways after their defeat at Toronto on Wednesday night.

The Union are full of confidence after their 1-0 home win over Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders on Wednesday as a solitary CJ Sapong goal earned them a valuable three points.

Sapong has been in free goalscoring form as of late, netting four goals in his last four appearances. He is the main threat in front of goal for the Union right now and all the focus is on him. 

Philadelphia have won four from nine MLS matches at PPL Park this season, with the Columbus Crew, Seattle Sounders and DC United all beaten in Philadelphia.

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There are just two points separating the Union from a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference at the midpoint of the season and they will look to take three from a Montreal Impact side who have been relatively poor away from home this term.

The Impact have played five games less than the Union but they are sat just one point behind them in the Eastern. Their CONCACAF Champions League campaign has left them trailing behind the in terms of games played and so they have a lot to play for.

The Impact have only won once on the road this season with a 2-1 victory at the Columbus Crew earlier this month in what was an incredible result and one that many probably didn’t expect to happen.

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Montreal have never won at PPL Park so a victory here would be their first in five attempts and would see them climb above the hosts on Saturday night.

Team News

Philadelphia Union have doubts over Sebastien Le Toux (knee), Michael Lahoud (thigh), Fernando Aristeguieta (leg) and Conor Casey (thigh) but Steven Vitoria is ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Montreal impact have plenty of injury concerns with Adrian Lopez (knee), Justin Mapp (elbow), Cameron Porter (knee) and Kenny Cooper (knee) all out. Doubts hang over Hassoun Camara (knee) and Eric Miller (hamstring).

Key Points

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

Montreal Impact last five: W/W/L/W/L

Key Stat – Montreal Impact have only scored four goals from seven games away from home this season.

Key Player: CJ Sapong – The young American has six goals this season, with four in his last four. He is in great form and will be a huge threat to a Montreal Impact side who struggle for victories on the road.

Photo courtesy of MLSsoccer.com

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Score Prediction 

Philadelphia Union 2-0 Montreal Impact – Although both teams have played midweek, Philadelphia are at home and haven’t had to travel during the week. Home comforts set the tone for this one as the Union should record back-to-back wins for the second time this year.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Sunday, May 24 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST) 

Match Odds: New York 7/10 – Draw 13/5 – Philadelphia 4/1

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls host Philadelphia Union in the live Sky Sports match this Sunday night. The Union will feel confident of producing a result, following an impressive 1-0 win over DC United last time out, but face a tough test away at New York this week.

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The Red Bulls have impressed so far this season, however, draws are hindering their potential. Jesse Marsch’s men have drawn five times, going behind in four of them with the other draw being a goalless affair away to FC Dallas last weekend.

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The Red Bulls go into this one as overwhelming favourites, having only lost two of their last 19 home games in MLS, and another win could see them leapfrog New England Revolution into second place in the Eastern Conference should the Revs drop points at home to DC United.

New York Red Bulls’ record this season: P10 – W4 – D5 – L1

Philadelphia will feel buoyed after beating Eastern Conference leaders DC United last Sunday and will face another tough task at the Red Bulls as they look for just their third win of the campaign.

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The 1-0 win over DC was the first time the Union has kept a clean sheet since the opening day of the season, and was their first win in six.

Philadelphia Union’s record this season: P12 – W2 – D3 – L7

Boasting the worst defence in the league, the Union will have to be at their best to keep out last year’s MLS Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips if they are to pick up points come the end of play on Sunday evening.

Team News

New York Red Bulls will be without Sal Zizzo and Ronald Zubar, who both miss out through injury, while Matt Miazga is away on international duty with the USMNT Under 20s, so Damien Perrinelle and Karl Ouimette should start as the centre-back pairing once again.

Philadelphia Union are missing Andre Blake, Michael Lahoud and Steven Vitoria. Antoine Hoppenot and Raymon Gaddis are both doubts so may not feature. Maurice Edu could move into midfield following another stint in defence.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ last five: D/D/L/W/D

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

Key Stat: Philadelphia Union have never won away from home when playing the New York Red Bulls.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – Last year’s Golden Boot winner, BWP, is always a threat in front of goal and playing against the worst defence in the league could see him bag a few goals.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-0 Philadelphia Union – The Red Bulls look too strong at the moment and should blow the Union away with ease.