MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: San Jose vs Philadelphia
Friday, September 4th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: San Jose enters the weekend as the only team in MLS currently riding a significant win streak, and with four straight games with three points in their pockets, the Earthquakes find themselves tied for the final playoff spot available in the Western Conference. After a devastating July that put the Quakes in a precarious position out of the playoff chase, Dominic Kinnear has his club playing the best soccer they have played all season, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
With only eight games remaining in their regular season schedule, San Jose will again be facing some absences to international duty this weekend, as midfielders Cordell Cato, Anibal Godoy and Sanna Nyassi will be representing Trinidad and Tobago, Panama and Gambia, respectively.
The U.S National Team did not request the services of Chris Wondolowski and, let's be honest here, if they did, he might have declined the offer because of the situation the Quakes are in as they are just getting back in the hunt for the post-season.
Tied with Seattle with 38 points, San Jose can leapfrog both Portland and Kansas City this weekend, as both clubs have a bye and will not be on the field. Portland and Sporting KC have 40 points, and are tied for the third place position in the Western Conference only a point behind Dallas who will face Columbus at MAPFRE Stadiumon Sunday.
To go along with the three players who will be out for international duty, the Quakes have three players, Innocent, Steven Lenhart, and Jordan Stewart, who we know will be out for the duration of the season. They also have three additional players who could be out this weekend -- Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, Matias Perez Garcia, and Fatai Alashe are all game-time decisions.
The Union are tied with the Chicago Fire with 27 points at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, and only have seven games remaining in their regular season schedule. To say the Union face an uphill battle in their remaining game would be an understatement, as they head to MAPFRE Stadium themselves next weekend, and have road games against New England, Toronto and the Red Bulls left to play.
Philadelphia lost 1 - 0 to the Revolution last weekend, and will be without Argentinian Cristian Maidana who picked up a red card in the 94th minute of extra time.
The Union will be without M Jimmy McLaughlin who is still dealing with concussion symptoms, while Zach Pfeffer, Maurice Edu, Fred, and keeper Brian Sylvestre are all questionable, according to the MLS injury report.
Last 7 MLS Meetings:
The two have 7 times in MLS, with San Jose holding an advantage with 4 Wins, 2 Losses and a Draw in the all-time series.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
San Jose -110
San Jose -0.5 -110
Philadelphia +0.5 -110
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
Both teams obviously have to deal with absences this weekend, which is nothing new around MLS lately, although there is no crying in soccer so each team will have to suck it up and deal with what's in place.
Even though Philly was a defensive nightmare through the first half of the season, they have at least shown that they can put together a good enough effort to keep themselves in games recently, and are not just simply getting walked on like they were in the past.
We are suggesting this Under 2.5 despite the -135 on the line offered, simply because the list of names that are not on the field will affect the pace and continuity of the game. Not to mention that down the stretch here, plenty of teams are going to shut it down and keep guys back to not put themselves down early and have to fight to get back in games.
We see a low-scoring 1 - 0 or 1 - 1 type of result coming here, so that leads is to the Under 2.5 as mentioned, so maybe you can put that with another play of your liking to insert it in a combo to reduce the juice and make it worth your while.