MLS Soccer Betting: Philadelphia vs NYCFC
Friday, June 5th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Philadelphia and NYCFC meet for the third time in 2015, with NYC still looking for their first win against the Union. The two met in back-to-back meetings in April, with the Union winning the first game 2 - 1 here at PPL Park, and NYCFC managing a draw in the encounter at Yankee Stadium.
The two meetings in April came as the third and fourth outings of the 11-game winless streak that NYCFC currently faces, which has resulted in the expansion franchise stapled at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. NYCFC will be without the services of midfielder Mix Diskerud, who was called up to again represent the U.S Men's National Team for the pair of friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany, onJune 5th and 10th.
New York's most recent outing resulted in a 1 - 1 draw at home against the Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo got on the board first with a goal from Will Bruin in the 16th minute. The goal was created off a set piece corner kick from Alex Lopez. Lopez found David Horst just outside the six yard box, who headed the ball right to Bruin's right foot, who proceeded to rifle his shot in the back of the net.
New York found the equalizer in the first minute of added time in the first half, when David Villa converted a penalty kick, which went just by the diving hand of Tyler Deric's left side.
We are hearing that Frank Lampard is expected to join the NYCFC squad soon, but there are also rumors that Juventus' Andrea Pirlo might also be interested in coming to New York, if he does not re-sign with the Italian club this summer.
Philadelphia has won three of their last four outings, and has kept a clean sheet in each of the wins, getting it done with their defense. That was not something we were able to say in the early going of the 2015 season, as the Union couldn't seem to stop anyone early on. They still, however, lead the league in goals allowed with 23.
The Union's performance this pastWednesdayagainst the Columbus Crew, was about as perfect an outing as they have had all year. With three points coming from a 3 - 0 win, the team brought their home record to 3 - 3 - 1.
Three different goal scorers contributed for the Union, with Sebastien La Toux leading the way with a goal and assist, while managing to stifle the Crew offense to only two shots on frame.
Last 2 MLS Meetings:
Philadelphia leads the series with a Win and a Draw in 2 MLS meetings in 2015
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Philadelphia -0.5 -110
NYCFC +0.5 -110
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
The Union obviously walks into this match the better squad, shutting out DC United, the Red Bulls and Columbus in their three wins over the last four games.
New York has been fighting an uphill battle since they joined MLS and, if this stretch of 11 games without a win stretches much longer, we are going to have to see some changes within the structure of the organization, whether it be on the field, or higher up in the ranks if need be.
The Union at home is likely the best spot we have to find some action here, although the -110 on the 3-Way line, does not exactly scream value.
Until New York gives us a reason to have a drop of confidence on the field, we are not going to invest a single dime on them with any type of play, be it a win or +0.5 handicap play.
The Union to take three points in a big home win is the play offered, so the -110 on that 3-Way line, makes the board this weekend.