New York City FC did great in their last match of the season against Philadelphia and secured the 3rd spot in the Eastern Conference. That loss plunged Philadelphia to the 6th spot of the league table, and the two teams will now fight in the quarter-finals. New York City FC will now play host to Philadelphia on Thursday, with the Union looking for ways to take revenge on this one.
Date/Time: 10-31-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: New York City FC -0.5
Total: 3 Goals
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New York City FC finally bounced back to winning ways with a strong performance at home against Philadelphia Union. They were fighting to remain at the 3rd spot of the Conference and they did exactly that after that 1-3 win. They took an early lead at the 8th minute and their opponents scored an own goal at the 10th. New York City FC were already leading by 1-3 by the end of the first half, and were lucky enough not to concede at the hour mark when their opponents missed from the penalty spot. New York City FC will finish at the third spot (16-10-8) with 56 points, scoring 59 goals in the process, while conceding 45. They were excellent at home this season (12-1-4), where they scored 36 goals and conceded just 10.
On the other hand, Philadelphia Union will surely be feeling frustrated about the outcome of that match. They were really unlucky to score an own goal at the start of the match and even missed a penalty kick. They tried really hard in the second half but were unable to take anything from that match. That loss dropped them all the way to the 6th spot of the Conference with 50 points (15-14-5), as they scored 49 goals against 50 conceded. Philadelphia Union were quite competitive on the road this season (6-8-3), despite scoring just 20 goals. They did win just one of their last five away matches (1-2-2), but they were pretty solid there all season.
New York City FC won on Sunday by 1-3 at home, and extended their dominance in this match-up (5-3-1). But they lost by 0-2 in Philadelphia earlier in the season, which was their only loss in the last five against Philadelphia (4-1-0). Moreover, New York City FC are undefeated when hosting Philadelphia and have won each of the last three.
But there were goals from both sides in all four matches, and Philadelphia will come here looking to score. New York City FC only kept a single clean sheet in their last six matches at home and could be In danger of conceding here. Philadelphia will most likely score at least once here, so the Over 3 Goals in an option.
MLS Playoffs New York City FC vs Philadelphia Union Prediction: Over 3 Goals (-103)
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