Philadelphia Union v DC United
The Union continued their inconsistent form last weekend by losing 0-2 away at Chicago Fire. Despite facing ten men for the entire second half Philly couldn’t find a way through and they wasted numerous opportunities. That has been typical of their recent away performances which also include 0-4 drubbings to Montreal and Real Salt Lake. Things have been far better for Jim Curtin’s men at home though. They have an 8-3-2 record here at the Talen Energy Stadium, averaging nearly two goals per game in the process. The Union have had a full week to prepare for this game which has to be considered a positive in comparison to DC United.
The visitors just don’t seem right at the moment. It just feels like they have been totally battered in some recent games, conceding an insane number of chances. Only luck, some amazing Bill Hamid goalkeeping and poor finishing from the opposition has kept certain matches respectable. But they got totally exposed in the previous meeting between the two sides which Philly won 5-1 in Washington! Wayne Rooney got sent off in their midweek match against New York Red Bulls so will be suspended here. I don’t think the whole ‘Rooney saga’ has helped the club recently. Everyone knows he’s leaving at the end of the season but to me it just doesn’t look like he’s that bothered in DC any more. United had to play well over an hour with ten men on Wednesday night which might affect them negatively here.
Philadelphia are clear odds-on favourites around the 1.50 mark and can be backed on a -1 Asian Handicap at bigger odds near 1.90. I just think this is a favourable spot for the Union. They feel like the better team at the moment anyway but United seem in a bit of a funk and have issues both on and off the field affecting them negatively. At the end of what has been quite a long, tough week I’m expecting them to struggle here. It will probably require some heroics from goalkeeper Bill Hamid for them to pick up any points. Philly aren’t always the most reliable team in front of goal but should at least win this match. Come the second half when DCU get tired then the opportunity for more goals could be on the cards.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Philadelphia Union -1.00 at 1.900
FC Cincinnati v Columbus Crew
I regularly write about FC Cincinnati matches in this MLS column so apologies if it’s getting a bit boring covering them now! I will try and keep this preview short and maybe incorporate some different teams in the foreseeable future! But the sheer fact remains that FCC games are a total hotbet for overs right now and the bookmakers still aren’t adjusting properly. The Ohio club have now had 15/26 over 2.5 matches in 2019 but 12 of those have occurred in the last 15 fixtures. The new MLS franchise have had a tricky debut campaign but are now at the stage where they have no pressure. ‘Cincy’ can open up their shoulders and just look to try and entertain the fans. New head coach Ron Jans is a Dutchman who likes to attack and they have nothing to lose.
Columbus Crew started the season with a fairly mean and solid looking defence but things have since become far more leaky for them at the back. You have to go all the way back to April 7th since they last kept a clean sheet. The good news is that they have at least looked more of a threat in front of goal. Caleb Porter’s men had a recent six game unbeaten run which came to an end in midweek away at New York City FC (0-1). Despite the result, it was a much more open match than the scoreline might suggest and the Crew were fortunate to only concede one goal. I may sound like a revolving record here but once again I’m going to back over 3 goals in an FC Cincinnati match. This has been a proven good tactic recently and until their goals dry up I will continue to do it. These two teams met just a couple of weeks ago and on that occasion it ended a 2-2 draw. I’m expecting something similar again.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 3.00 goals at 1.980
Preview by: @meatmansoccer.