Philadelphia Union are still in search of their first win in the season after three unsuccessful attempts. They did get their first point last week against Atlanta and will now return home. Union will play host to Columbus Crew on Saturday, who have been pretty solid so far. They are coming off back to back wins and will look at least for a draw here.
Date/Time: 3-23-2019, 19:30 EST
Spread: Philadelphia Union -0.25
Total: 2.5 Goals
Philadelphia Union (0-2-1) played a really hard-fought match last week on the road against Atlanta United. After a goal-less first half they took the lead at the 47th minute with Aaronson. But their opponents pulled even at the 70th minute for the final 1-1. Philadelphia Union were really unlucky in their previous two matches and will surely be under pressure now. They are still sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference though, with just a single point.
On the other hand, Columbus Crew (2-0-1) are coming off a pretty slim 0-1 win at home against FC Dallas. They did a solid job in the first half and took an early lead at the 10th minute with Sauro. It was a pretty balanced match overall and Columbus successfully managed to hold on to their lead. That was their second consecutive win, both with clean sheets. They are sitting at the 2nd spot of the Eastern Conference with 7 points, just as many as Conference leaders DC United.
The two teams split the points in a goal-less draw in Columbus the last time they met. That was the third match between the two sides last season. The other two were a goal-less draw in Philadelphia and a 0-1 Columbus win at home.
Philadelphia have been solid as hosts against Columbus over the years (6-4-1), losing just once in the last five. They are really frustrated to not have won yet and that might change after this match. Columbus will be without Zardes, Trapp (international duty) and Steffen (injury) so that makes it worse. Philly will be without Blake and Burke who are on duty with Jamaica.
MLS Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew Prediction: Philadelphia Union -0.25 (-118)
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