Philadelphia Union host DC United on Saturday night in a meeting between two Eastern Conference sides who both currently occupy play-off spots. The Union had previously led the way in the East before Atlanta United picked up form and have proven to be the strongest force yet again.
In was a 2-0 defeat in Chicago for Philadelphia last time out and that is now three defeats in their last six games. It’s a different story at home, however, as they have only experienced one defeat in their last 12 games. DC United continued their poor form as they were beaten 2-1 at home by the New York Red Bulls in their last game. United have now only picked up one win in their last six games and it is like their season is starting to unravel since Wayne Rooney’s exit plan to join Derby County was announced. The Englishman was actually sent off against the Red Bulls for elbowing an opponent.
Philadelphia and DC United’s last meeting wasn’t that long ago as they played each other earlier this month. The Union travelled to the capital and picked up all three points with an impressive and destructive 5-1 win on the road. The match provided a huge moment as Alejandro Bedoya celebrated his goal by screaming ‘end gun violence’ through a pitch-side microphone.
The hosts could be without two players against DC as Oliver Mbaizo and Sergio Santos are both listed as questionable with injuries to their left knees.
DC United will miss defender Oniel Fisher who is in recovery after undergoing knee surgery. They’ll also be without Russell Canouse who has recently suffered a collapsed lung, as well as Chris Durkin who has an ankle injury. Another injury problem they have is Chris Odoi-Atsem who joins the injury list with a hamstring problem.
The biggest loss for DC ahead of this week’s match in Philadelphia is Wayne Rooney who will be an absentee after picking up a straight red card in their last match against the New York Red Bulls.
The Talen Energy Stadium is a fortress for Philadelphia Union, and they have been extremely strong there of late. They picked up a 5-1 win at DC earlier in the month and I fancy them to take another three points from their play-off rivals this weekend. DC are faltering and they seem to be caving in after Wayne Rooney lost interest and announced his intention of returning to England. This could turn out to be a routine home win for the Union who don’t have Rooney to worry about after his recent red card worthy antics.
Both Teams to Score ‘No’ looks like really good value given the fact that DC United have failed to score in four of their last five matches on the road and they blanked in their last three away in succession. They will also be without key forwards Wayne Rooney and Luciano Acosta so they might come unstuck upfront.