Philadelphia Union will probably name the same starting line-up as midweek, with coach Curtin stating that his players will get good recovery in preparation for this match. The recent run of clean sheets should lead to no changes in defence, Elliott and Onyewu formed a great partnership. The midfield presence of Medunjanin and Bedoya has allowed the likes of Ilsinho and Pontius to flourish. The run of form has come as a major surprise. The Philadelphia Union were struggling at the start of the season, unable to find a win and pressure was building on coach Curtin. Now they are five games unbeaten and have won their last three games. Players now want to get on the ball, taking risks in possession. The response has shown how much the players are behind Curtin, definitely playing for him. The run of results means that Philadelphia will expect to get all 3 points from this match. The hosts will start the match quickly, looking to get an early goal so they can play on the counter attack. The home side will take additional risk fo the win if they are level in the late stages.
Colorado Rapids could give a start to Sjoberg, the centre-back has missed a lot of action this season but was named as a substitute in the last match. The visitors do not have the biggest of squads which means changes should be minimal, Powers and Azira expected to play in central midfield. A change to 4-4-2 has seen Colorado rely on a physical strike-force of Badji and Gordon. Two wins all season, Colorado Rapids have struggled to build on the excellent season enjoyed in 2016. The mood coming into this game is negative, 5 away games this season have ended up in defeats and just 1 goal scored. Belief on the road is lacking and they take on an opponent who have found form again. Coach Mastroeni has a major task in rebuilding confidence in his players. The visitors will set up defensively, the 4-4-2 system will see lots of players get behind the ball in an effort to frustrate. The visitors would gladly take a point as it would give them something to build on for future games. Conceding first would force them to change approach and take more risks, something they are not comfortable with as they lack goals, with just 8 scored all season.
Verdict & Prediction
Unbeaten in 5 games, Philadelphia Union have won 3 matches in a row and this has seen confidence improve tremendously. Players are now wanting the ball under pressure, whilst 4 clean sheets in a row highlights how hard the players are working for each other. Determined to keep high standards. Coach Curtin remained calm under intense pressure at the start of the season, backing the players despite the lack of results. The coach has the trust of the players as seen with recent performances and he has turned the mood around amongst the supporters. Dealt well with the pressure. Philadelphia Union will be disappointed if they fail to get a win. Their opponents have struggled this season and are lacking confidence. A must bet on the home team!
Prediction: Philadelphia Union -0.75 Asian Handicap
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