DC United vs. Philadelphia Union: MLS Odds, Predictions & Picks

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 2:35 PM GMT

Is fading the Union and taking the Over in their Road games automatic plays these days? Let’s take a look at this fixture and make a couple of soccer picks for the readers.

Odds Overview
Philadelphia Union at DC United, [Sunday 22:00] (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN, MLS Live, (USA); MLS Live (CANADA); Sky Sports 5/HD; Sky GO Extra, Sky Go UK, NOW TV (UK) 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT): This Week 23 MLS match from RFK Stadium in Washington, DC sees host and the 1st-place team in the Eastern Conference DC United (10-5-7, 24 GF-20 GA) facing the Philadelphia Union (6-4-11, 23 GF-34 GA) on Sunday.

Soccer odds makers here have made host DC United -110 favorites here over the visiting Union (+240) with the Draw priced at +225 (bet365). The Total Goals in this Saturday afternoon fixture has been set at 2½, with the Over and Under both priced at -111 (bet365). Some Props wagers for this fixture from the capital of the United States of America: Both Teams To Score: ‘Yes’ -131, ‘No’ +100 (bet365); To Win To Nil: DC United +240, Union +550 (bet365); and, Draw No Bet: DC United -225, Union +162 (bet365).

 

Philadelphia Union
In Week 22, the Philadelphia Union (1-2-7 Road, 12 GF-24 GA) were beaten 2-1 by Toronto FC in Ontario Canada, so, this team’s Road woes continue (1 Win) and up against DCU at Home at RFK will be quite the challenge, especially with the U’s allowing an MLS-high 34 goals allowed. at least for them, DC United’s lockdown GK Bill Hamid is injured and out so if they needed a ray of Hope, well, at least Philly, which has been using Brian Sylvestre in Goal, and Manager Jim Curtin can grasp on to that. The Union (50/1 to win MLS Cup, bet365) do have a fairly decent attack force on Offense with CJ Sapong (6 goals), Vincent Nogueira (5 goals), FC-Nantes-loanee Fernando Aristeguieta (3 goals), Sébastien Le Toux (2 goals), Eric Ayuk Mbu (2 goals) and Zad Pfeffer (2 goals), among others, but this team’s recent holding pattern on the Road has been to give up a couple of First Half goals to its opponents and then fight back the best they can...a really good breeding ground for Union faders and Over bettors.

 

DC United
MLS Eastern Conference leaders DC United (7-3-1 Home, 18 GF-10 GA) seldom lose at Home, and had a 20-game Home unbeaten streak snapped in June by Toronto FC and the electric Sebastian Giovinco. DC United (16/1 to win MLS Cup, BetVictor) and Head Coach Ben Olsen are tied with FC Dallas (35 points, 10-5-5) for the most points in the MLS (10-5-7, 35 points) heading into this week of play before the All-Star break, but Points in the MLS is always deceiving with different teams having played a different number of games, unlike most European and South American soccer leagues. DC United plays great Defense but superstar GK Bill Hamid has been injured and no matter how great backup GK (12345 67890) plays, there’s just no replacing Hamid who is out 4-6 weeks after having both Knee and Hand surgeries. And hamid isn’t the only wounded DCU player as F Eddie Johnson (Heart Condition, Out) D Sean Franklin (calf), M Michael Farfan (Hamstring), M Collin Martin (Groin) and M Chris Pontius (Calf) are all, or have been injured for this team of late. The leading Goal scorers for DC United are Chris Rolfe (6 goals), Jairo Arrieta (5 goals), Pontius (2 goals), Perry Kitchen (2 goals), Conor Doyle (1 goal), Franklin (1 goal), Bobby Boswell (1 goal), Luis Silva (1 goal), Fabián Espíndola (1 goal), Steve Birnbaum (1 goal) and Kofi Opare (1 goal).

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Current Form, Series Trends, Conclusions
DC United—which lost 2-1 at upstart FC Dallas on Saturday—holds a slight 6-3-5 edge (18 GF-17 GA) lifetime in MLS play against the Philadelphia Union and DCU is 3-3-1 in 7 lifetime games (11 GF-8 GA) here in Washington, DC. The last time these two clubs met was in Week 3 this season, also here at RFK, where DC United and a then-healthy Hamid defeated the Union, 2-1. And it seems that scoreline could happen again here in Week 23, with Hamid out for DCU (Current Form—LLWWDLL) and the Union (Current Form—LLWDWLL) with the hosts protecting their Home turf like they always do and a game but outgunned Union side losing and getting outscored on the Road (12 GF-24 GA), like they always do. Lay the lumber.

 

Predicted Final Score: DC United 2 Philadelphia Union 1

MLS Soccer Pick: Over 2½ -111, DC United -110 at Bet365

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