The Red Bulls looked rampant in their latest match and will look to keep spirits high by earning another three points when they take on the Union. The soccer betting lines, however, favor Philadelphia at home. Who should we favor with our sports picks?
The Union are favored at +135 to +145, while the price on the Red Bulls betting odds ranges from +175 to as high as +200. A draw can be found at +225 to +250 depending on the sportsbook, and given the strength of both teams, it makes a very interesting betting pick.
In one of the more entertaining matches you'll see in the MLS this season, the Union and Colorado Rapids had to settle for a 3-3 draw this past weekend.
Philadelphia went up early through Conor Casey, only for Colorado to even up the honors two minutes later. However, the Union were able to grab the lead again and then extended it to 3-1, with Sheanon Williams and Andrew Wegner getting the goals.
Unfortunately for Philadelphia, they couldn't hold strong defensively in the closing stages and a lack of discipline came back to bite them as well. They allowed two goals, one in the 79th minute and one in the 86th minute, in what was a very disappointing finish for the hosts. Red cards to Michael Lahoud and Amobi Okugo certainly didn't help the cause.
Looking ahead, Philadelphia will turn to Casey and Sebastien Le Toux to provide the magic. Le Toux leads the team with six league goals, while Casey has found the back of the net five times in MLS play. Cristian Maidana (six assists) has been a top playmaker for the club as well.
At home this season, the Union have recorded one win, five draws and two losses in eight matches, scoring 13 total goals while allowing 15. Let's see how they fare in front of their fans against the in-form Red Bulls here on Wednesday.
New York Red Bulls
Following a dominant 4-1 win over Columbus, the Red Bulls have moved to 23 points overall, which puts them in a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Defensively it's been a struggle (23 goals allowed in 18 matches), but they've been prolific going forward, scoring 30 times already.
Bradley Wright-Phillips has been the main man, scoring 15 goals in 17 appearances, the most of anyone in the MLS. He's formed a fantastic understanding with Thierry Henry, who leads the league with nine assists and has also chipped in with four goals himself. Don't forget about Tim Cahill either.
Against the Crew, Wright-Phillips and Henry both got their names on the score-sheet, with Lloyd Sam and Eric Alexander getting goals as well. New York was incredibly efficient, making the most of their chances to get one of their better wins of the season.
Can the Red Bulls keep it going away from home? They've had a much tougher time finding the back of the net when not playing on their own pitch, totaling only 11 goals in 10 matches.
Though the Red Bulls have to be full of confidence after that outstanding win over Columbus, we expect them to have a lot more trouble with the Union.
Philadelphia has been playing tough at home, forcing numerous draws, and we think they'll do enough to get at least a point again on Wednesday.
Draws have been prevalent for New York too, especially away from home. Of their 10 matches away from Red Bull Arena, they've picked up five ties. For our MLS soccer picks, we expect a deadlock between these conference foes.
Pick: Philadelphia Union 1 New York Red Bulls 1