MLS Soccer: New England Revolution vs Philadelphia Union
Friday, April 17th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: New England and Philadelphia will face off for the first of three meetings this year at PPLon Sunday, and the game will be televised on ESPN2 at5 p.m.Eastern time.New England may have tenure on Philadelphia in MLS, but the Union has had plenty of success against the Revolution in their brief history.
The two have met 13 times in MLS action, with the Union taking home seven victories to the Revolution's three, and three draws played as well. New England played a rather uneventful game last weekend against Columbus, as we only saw a total of three shots on goal between the two teams, with New England taking all three.
Jermaine Jones made his first start of the season for the Revolution and it took him less than 15 minutes to pick up a yellow card. He was replaced by Andy Dorman to begin the second half. Jones is still making his way back to fulltime health after off-season surgery.
Philadelphia will be playing their third game in nine days, as they played a home and home series with New York City starting last weekend. The second meetinghappens this Thursday, which gives them little time to prepare for this game at home.
The Union took the first meeting at home last weekend 2 - 1, with a late goal from Vincent Nogueira in the 92nd minute of extra time, while the two played to a 1 - 1 draw at Yankee Stadiumon Thursday.
Last 13 MLS Meetings:
These two teams have met 13 times in MLS action, with Philly leading the series with 7 wins, 3 losses and 3 draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
New England +225
New England +0.5 -130
Philadelphia -0.5 +110
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
Philadelphia will, as we said, be playing with tired legs, having played two games in six days, while also only having two days rest from the Thursdaygame.
John McCarthy will likely still be the starting GK for Philly, as the LaSalle product has helped produce 4 points in two starts since taking over for Rais M'Bolhi. New England is a much different animal than New York City FC, and he will likely be more tested than he has ever been, even in college. Jones and Nguyen will likely have Bunbury and Agudelo pressing forward to test the young keeper's ability to slow them down. We know this New England team can be tough to slow down though when they are playing well, although they have not hit full stride yet this year.
There is certainly room for a draw play here, since we could see a 1 - 1 type of match with Shuttleworth and McCarthy both playing well in net for their respective clubs.
On paper, this Revolution side has more weapons in their arsenal with experienced players from both MLS and on the international level, but we know that games are not played on paper.
We see this opportunity to move the line towards the New England Pk Draw no Bet handicap, since it is being offered at +150 or better, depending on the time you see the action, or the site you may use if it is not here at Diamond. We see +165 at a handful of European sites, but that is obviously not able to be utilized by Americans.
Let's toss in that Pk play on New England, as even if the final score comes in at 1 - 1, no harm will be done, we can live to push the action, and use that money towards another play in the future.