MLS Soccer Betting: DC United vs Philadelphia
Friday, May 29th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: DC United and Philadelphia meet for the second time in May, after the Union took the first game of the three meetings the two will have in 2015. The third meeting of the season series will beheld on July 26, and again played at RFK Stadium. The Union earned a 1 - 0 win at PPL Park on May 14 in the first meeting against DC United, after an extra time goal from Zach Pfeffer sealed the win in the 93rd minute. United did not manage to put a single shot on goal in the loss.
After this outing with the Union, DC United starts a three-game home stand this weekend, as they host Chicago onJune 3, and Toronto onJune 6. They are clinging to first place by only two points in the Eastern Conference, despite only having one win in the last four games.
The injury concerns for United’s head coach Ben Olsen are adding up as well, with six players officially listed as out of the game on the MLS injury report. We did finally get some news a couple of weeks ago about Eddie Johnson's heart condition, as his contract has been voided, he is likely not going to return this season, and his career may be in jeopardy as well. Collin Martin, Fabian Espindola, Luis SIlva, Nick DeLeon and Michael Farfan are also listed as out for this weekend.
After allowing 21 goals through the first 11 games of the season, the Union has certainly turned it around recently. They are coming off two straight outings not allowing a goal, and they were not against weak opponents either. After the 1 - 0 win over United on May 7, they held the Red Bulls to a clean sheet last weekend at Red Bull Arena to boot.
Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtain was quoted in his weekly press conference as saying that the team was looking forward to keeping their third straight clean sheet this weekend at RFK Stadium. That is something we did not think we would be hearing after all the defensive issues we have seen in Philly thus far in the season.
The Union also has a good bit of injury concerns, as seven players appear on the official MLS injury report for this weekend.Raymon Gaddis and Steven Vitoria will be out on the defensive side of the ball, joined on the bench by midfielders Jimmy McLaughlin and Michael Lahoud. Forwards Conor Casey and Antoine Hoppenot are also not likely to be available.
We would also like to point out the special signing by DC United for the match this weekend. Francis Wesley, a cancer patient through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, will be joining the squad. Taken from the DC United home page, Wesley is battling a blood cancer called Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma and was notified of his call-up via a video from D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen.
Last 13 MLS Meetings:
The two have met 13 times in MLS action, with each team winning 5 times, while also playing to 3 draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
United -0.5 +100
Philadelphia +0.5 -120
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Philadelphia has obviously addressed the defensive issues, and it couldn't have come at a better time. They will also have a rest advantage, as DC United is playing their third game in a week and their seventh in the month of May.
Let's throw in the fact that the weather report forSaturdayin the DC area is listed for the low 90s, with high humidity levels set to make this a sticky game for the players and the fans at RFK.
With Bill Hamid in net for United, and Philadelphia suddenly playing fantastic defensive soccer, we are simply going to have to pay the $30 of juice in attempts to cash the Under 2.5 in this one.
Obviously, we just saw Philly shut this United team down a couple of weeks ago, so they likely will have a similar approach in trying to at least grab some type of result, even if a 0 - 0 draw gives them a point away from home.