MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Philadelphia vs Columbus
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Philadelphia and Columbus face off for the second time in 2015, with Philadelphia looking to atone for the 4 - 1 loss at MAPFRE Stadium in the first meeting back in April. Columbus is still seeking their first road win of 2015, although if there is one place they have not struggled, it is here at PPL Park.
Columbus has a 5 - 0 - 1 record against the Union in the last six meetings, if we include the friendlies and the Pro Soccer Classic matches. In 13 MLS encounters, the Crew has taken nine victories. Columbus plays their second road game in five days, coming off a 2 - 2 draw in Orlando City this weekend at the Citrus Bowl. The Crew had to play 75 minutes while they were down a man, after captain Michael Parkhurst was sent off with a straight red card just after the quarter-hour mark.
They scored first in the match, when Tony Tchani found the net just five minutes into the game, but Parkhurst's foul in the box not only removed from the game but set up Kaka for a penalty kick that saw him tie it up at 1 - 1.
Playing a man down, Kei Kamara tallied to make it 2 - 1 on the hour mark for the Crew, but they were unable to maintain the lead, as Orlando City's Pedro Ribeiro scored with just a minute left in regulation time to send each team away with a point.
The Union will play six of their next seven MLS games at home, and are looking to rebound from a tough loss against DC United this past weekend. Questionable refereeing might have been the cause, as we saw during the match when certain fouls to Union players were not seen as simple fouls.For example, the play which Vincent Nogueira was given a yellow card for his tackle of Chris Rolfe, should have also seen Rolfe booked for his actions, but he was not. The hand ball in the box that eventually decided the game was also seen as questionable, as the Union lost 2 - 1 after an 85th minute penalty kick from Rolfe.
Last 13 MLS Meetings:
The two have met 13 times in MLS action, with Columbus leading the series having 9 Wins, 3 Losses and Draw.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Philadelphia Pk -125
Columbus Pk +105
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Philadelphia still has a good bit of injury issues, and we know that Columbus captain Michael Parkhurst will not be participating after the red card this weekend.
With Columbus still looking for their first road win of the year, we expect they will put pressure on the Philly defense early, as they did with Orlando City, which resulted in a goal just five minutes into the game.The red card to Parkhurst changed the entire complexion of the game, and had he have not been sent off, Columbus might have had that first win in their pocket, but another late goal ended up taking that all away.
This is yet another opportunity to expect some goal scoring to take place, as Philadelphia is creating plenty of chances in and around the box, and they have the finishers up front who can find the net.
Columbus also has the confidence of knowing they have had the Union's number since they came in to MLS, and will press plenty to create enough of their own opportunities.
The Over 2.5 at a reasonable -110 makes our suggestion box for this one, as 2 - 1 seems like a score we could potentially see before the hour mark.
Both teams have seen late goals either help or spoil their cause, and even if it is 1 - 1 late in the game, we should still see that third goal to cash the ticket.