MLS Soccer Betting: Philadelphia vs Kansas City
Friday, April 3rd, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Philadelphia and Kansas City had played each other three times a year for the last few seasons, but now that Kansas City has been moved to the Western Conference, this will be their only meeting in the 2015 regular season.
The Union took two wins and a draw from the series last year, but now find themselves tied at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with only two points to show from four outings. They also lost their last two, after two draws to start the year. Last weekend's effort against Chicago was absolutely terrible, not managing to put a single shot towards net, in a 1 - 0 loss at Toyota Park. Last we heard, if you do not shoot the ball you cannot score, and if Philly doesn't figure that out sooner rather than later, they will remain winless, despite whatever recent success they may have had against Kansas City.
Kansas City did a great job last weekend of keeping the expansion NYCFC club frustrated last weekend, although New York was a bit depleted for the international break. They also had to make the adjustment of the 5 yards of space they lost at Yankee Stadium, with that field being just a bit smaller than most parks and not remotely designed to host soccer games.
We fully expect Philadelphia to be dealing with the same pressure New York dealt with against Sporting last weekend, and Kansas City will certainly be able to apply enough pressure on a Philly team that has been atrocious away from home in recent years, despite finding a result here the last two seasons.
Last 12 MLS Meetings:
The two teams have met 12 times in MLS league play, with the series being tied 4W - 4L - 4D.
They also have one U.S Cup meeting, which KC won at home 2 - 0 in 2012.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Kansas City -115
Philadelphia +0.5 -105
Kansas City -0.5 -115
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Once again we remind you that Philadelphia needs to learn how to shoot a ball towards the net before we can be convinced they can travel anywhere and get a result of any nature. They did manage to come out of Salt Lake however with a 3 - 3 draw, so we know they do know how to do it, but to look that bad against a Chicago team that had been playing that poorly really makes it tough to convince someone that we suggest the Union can get it together after only a handful of practices to work with.
Kansas City will stifle this team, and keep 9 guys behind the ball. Most likely they will try to use their transition game to their advantage, and try to once again use the throw-in ability of Besler to create a chance or two. That is, after all, the only goal we saw scored in the KC/NYCFC game: a throw-in header opportunity that Opara made no mistake with. Outside of that throw-in that created the goal, there was not a lot to take from that match, since both clubs simply ran around chasing the ball, with no real movement or creativity from either club.
This Under 2.5 is juiced at -130 because it should be, and will most likely be the best opportunity we have as a suggestion for the match.Like we said, last weekend Philly did not create one good chance against Chicago, and Kansas City's only success came from a throw-in to the box.
Let's watch these two play to a 1 - 1 type of result, and see if we can cash this Under 2.5 at a marginal -130.