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Prediction: Philadelphia Union vs New England Revolution

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, MLS 15 Jul 2022

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Verdict: Philadelphia Union win

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

Hoping to widen their buffer at the top of the Eastern Conference table this weekend, Philadelphia will host New England in the early hours of Sunday.

Philadelphia Union

Starting with the hosts, while Philadelphia might have been left stunned following that 1-0 loss against Chicago last month, Jim Curtin’s men have managed to prove that was just a minor blip. Laying down a real marker last weekend as they stormed their way to a stellar 7-0 romp against DC United, the Union also kept up that momentum in midweek. Still holding a one-point buffer at the top of the Eastern Conference, the Blacks were last seen landing a deserved 2-1 victory against Inter Miami. Knowing that they’re cruising their way towards another Final Series spot this season, Sunday’s hosts will be smelling another chance here. Although Philadelphia might have gained somewhat of a reputation as a stalemate specialist last month, it should be noted that Curtin’s side are unbeaten in all 10 of their MLS matchups at Subaru Park since opening the 2022 campaign.

Team News

Once again impressing off the bench against Inter Miami in midweek, 22-year-old Julian Carranza could be in line for a full recall here.

Bagging his eighth MLS strike of the season a few days ago, Daniel Gazdag is a man to watch on Sunday.

New England Revolution

As for the visitors, while New England might have impressed many last season as they clinched the Eastern Conference title, the Revs have largely come crashing back down to earth. Sat outside the Final Series spots and knowing that they face an uphill task, Head Coach Bruce Arena does find some pressure on his shoulders. Putting in a nightmare display last weekend as they were eventually hit with an action-packed 4-2 loss at the hands of New York City, Sunday’s guests will know that they face another tough test here. Likewise, along with winning just one of their previous five MLS showdowns, New England have also shown some extended issues away from the Gillette Stadium. Including back-to-back 3-2 losses against DC United and inter Miami back in April, Arena’s side have won just a pair of domestic contests on their travels this season.

Team News

Shown a straight red card against NYCFC last weekend, 30-year-old Andrew Farrell will miss out on Sunday as he starts a suspension.

Clearly New England’s standout performer this season after bagging six goals in his last seven outings, Gustavo Bou will spearhead Arena’s charge this weekend.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off at the Gillette Stadium on May 28th, Sunday’s opponents played out a 1-1 draw.
    • Philadelphia have lost just one of their previous 10 domestic matchups.
    • Likewise, the Union are also unbeaten at Subaru Park throughout the 2022 campaign.
    • Including a 4-2 loss against New York City last weekend, New England have managed to win just one of their last five MLS showdowns.
    • The Revs have also recorded just a pair of victories away from the Gillette Stadium so far this season.

    Conclusion

    Once again impressing in midweek as they clinched a 2-1 victory against Inter Miami, Philadelphia will be looking to keep up that momentum here. Building off of that stunning 7-0 romp against DC United from last weekend, the Eastern Conference leaders will be confident of extending their buffer over the chasing pack. Along with losing just one of their previous 10 domestic outings, the Union have also gained a fearsome reputation for their displays at Subaru Park. Unbeaten in front of their own supporters throughout this season’s run, Sunday’s hosts should be smelling a chance to lay down another marker. With New England coming off the back of a 4-2 drumming at the hands of NYCFC, the Boston-based outfit have shown some extended issues on the road.

    Verdict: Philadelphia Union win

    Best Odds: 19/20

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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