Philadelphia Union v New England Revolution
The Union are just starting to find some form. They are regularly an ‘all or nothing’ sort of team and either win or lose, but a much better return of 12 points from their last 6 games is very good. They head into this fixture having won their last two consecutively, something they rarely manage to achieve. It might just be that Jim Curtin’s men have turned a corner, the big question is whether or not Philly can become a more consistent outfit. The Union are situated inside the playoff positions and will be aiming to stay there. Home form has been average this season with a 6-2-4 record. It won’t please their fans that they’ve already lost four times here at Talen Energy Stadium.
New England had been residing in the playoffs for most of the season, but have since gone very cold. No win in 7 games, including 5 defeats has really set this team back. Can they rebound? I’m not so sure now because it feels like the rot has set in, and is sadly here to stay. This would be the ideal sort of match in which to regain some form – against a direct rival. Midfielder Scott Caldwell is suspended for the Revs, who have only won 1 of their 11 road matches so far this season. Philly had the edge in both MLS fixtures in 2018, winning 2-0 and 3-2 respectively. The last meeting was just a couple of weeks ago up in New England.
I can certainly see the Union completing a trio of victories against New England this season. They are the better team overall and in much better form heading into the contest. You won’t get rich backing Philly around the 1.65 mark, but I think they are worth taking on a -1 Asian Handicap. It’s worth noting that 7 of Philly’s 10 wins this year have been by at least a 2 goal margin. When they win, they win well and are capable of demolishing teams. Inconsistency is, of course, a problem, but New England doesn’t look in great shape at the moment Over 3 goals is going to be my second pick for the game. It should be a wide-open affair containing a lot of chances. Philly could cover the line on their own really, but usually make some mistakes somewhere so the Revolution will probably get on the scoresheet along the way.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Philadelphia Union -1.00 at 2.050
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 3.00 goals at 1.800
Sporting Kansas City v Minnesota United
A run of 4 losses in 5 games seemed to stall Sporting Kansas City a few weeks ago, but they’ve since hit back with three consecutive victories. That has propelled them back into second place in the Western Conference and they are sitting pretty in the table. A playoff spot is all but guaranteed really unless their form massively went tits up, the real question is how high they can finish? The likes of Atlanta and both the New York teams are miles clear in the East, so a shot at the Supporters Shield is unlikely. But there’s no reason why they can’t win their own conference and guarantee the number one seeding out West, which will help them in the playoffs. Sporting have a strong 7-3-2 home record this season and have always been a tough side to beat at Children’s Mercy Park.
Minnesota United have the worst away statistics in the entire MLS with an atrocious 1-1-10 record. As previously mentioned in my articles, The ‘Loons’ have never ever kept an away sheet in the whole of their MLS history. It seems unlikely they’ll manage to achieve that here against superior opposition. They’ve conceded a massive 33 road goals this term and simply can’t be relied upon when they travel. United have at least been more competitive overall in 2018 and actually reside 9th in the Western Conference. For some time it seemed like they had an outside chance of making the playoffs, but a poor recent run of 3 defeats in 4 might have ended all hopes.
Key man in attack Darwin Quintero missed last week’s trip to FC Dallas and remains questionable here. It would massively aid their cause if he could suit up because he’s a fantastic weapon to have and their one player of elite quality. But it could be he isn’t 100%^ even if taking to the field. SKC should have too much for Minnesota here. They will win, it’s just a question of by how many goals. United have kept scorelines a little closer this year, but only due to their improved threat upfront. Goals have dried up recently which makes me think that Sporting will probably win this game to nil. Taking them on a -1.5 Asian Handicap seems like the best way to go and something like 2-0 or 3-0 is the most probable outcome. The current gulf between the two teams should show here.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Sporting Kansas City -1.50 at 2.000
Preview by: @meatmansoccer.