Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew Match Prediction

By Bharath Ramm R

Philadelphia Union prepare for only their second MLS game after managing a 2-0 opening day win over New England Revolution. Anthony Fontana and Charles Sapong scored in either half for Philadelphia, as they took advantage of Antonio Delamea’s early red card. Claude Dielna was sent off late in the game to complicate matters even further for New England. Columbus Crew maintained a 100% start to the season after a 3-2 win over Montreal Impact. A penalty from Federico Higuain and a goal from Gyasi Zardes gave Columba a 2-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes. However, Montreal staged a remarkable comeback with goals from Ignacio Piatti and Raheem Edwards. As the game appeared to head towards a stalemate, the Crew were awarded a penalty deep into injury time. Zardes converted from the spot to retain the club’s 100% record.

Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

Philadelphia Union have dominated games against Columbus Crew with four wins in five, but this contest promises to be a much more even game. Philadelphia may have picked up an opening day victory, but the club were largely helped by playing against 10 men. Columbus Crew were quite impressive in the away win over Toronto to start the season. The late win over Montreal further enhances the confidence of Gregg Berhalter’s men. I would back Columbus Crew to get an away win over Philadelphia for the first time since 2015.

This is a fixture that has produced goals galore – especially at Philadelphia’s home grounds. There have been more than 2.5 goals in the last six away matches for Columbus Crew against Philadelphia. Both teams have had a strong attacking start to the campaign. I would back over 2.5 goals in total.

Columbus Crew win – 11/5

Total goals over 2.5 – 3/5

 

Philadelphia Union saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Philadelphia Union saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Columbus Crew

Columbus Crew saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Philadelphia Union

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Philadelphia Union Form Guide

Philadelphia Union Team Logo

Philadelphia Union

Won

5

Draw

1

Lost

4
L A

05-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Toronto FC Team Logo Toronto FC

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

10-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Columbus Crew Team Logo Columbus Crew

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

12-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Montreal Impact Team Logo Montreal Impact

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

20-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Real Salt Lake Team Logo Real Salt Lake

FT 4 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

27-05-2018

Major League Soccer

New York Red Bulls Team Logo New York Red Bulls

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

31-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Chicago Fire Team Logo Chicago Fire

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

03-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Atlanta United

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

06-06-2018

US Open Cup

Richmond Kickers Team Logo Richmond Kickers

FT 5 - 0

(HT 4 - 0)

L H

09-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Toronto FC Team Logo Toronto FC

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

17-06-2018

US Open Cup

New York Red Bulls Team Logo New York Red Bulls

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

Columbus Crew Form Guide

Columbus Crew Team Logo

Columbus Crew

Won

4

Draw

4

Lost

2
W H

29-04-2018

Major League Soccer

San Jose Earthquakes Team Logo San Jose Earthquakes

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

05-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Seattle Sounders FC Team Logo Seattle Sounders FC

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

10-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Philadelphia Union Team Logo Philadelphia Union

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

13-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Chicago Fire Team Logo Chicago Fire

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

20-05-2018

Major League Soccer

New England Rev. Team Logo New England Rev.

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

27-05-2018

Major League Soccer

Sporting Kansas City Team Logo Sporting Kansas City

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

03-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Toronto FC Team Logo Toronto FC

FT 3 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

L H

07-06-2018

US Open Cup

Chicago Fire Team Logo Chicago Fire

FT 11 - 12

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

09-06-2018

Major League Soccer

New York Red Bulls Team Logo New York Red Bulls

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

14-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Atlanta United

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

Philadelphia Union Preview

The fortnight break from action for Philadelphia is not the best idea at the start of the campaign, as Jim Curtin’s men would have been looking to improve on the opening day victory over New England Revolution as soon as possible. Philadelphia Union need to pick up as many points in the first five matches of the season, as the team are at home in four of these games. Last season, the team picked up 10 out of their 11 regular-season wins at home.

 

Philadelphia Union Team News

Ilsinho (hamstring) is the only player missing from action for Philadelphia. Fafa Picault is unavailable due to his suspension.

 

Columbus Crew Preview

The late win over Montreal Impact gives Columbus Crew bundles of confidence to take on the next few matches. Manager Gregg Berhalter will be especially delighted with the impact of Gyasi Zardes, who has scored three goals since his switch from LA Galaxy. After having reached the conference finals last season, the next step for Columbus Crew would be to go and reclaim the MLS Cup after a decade. Columbus Crew’s only MLS Cup title came in 2008. Despite being early days in the campaign, the Crew are just one of four teams to have a 100% record this season.

 

Columbus Crew Team News

Josh Williams (foot) and Mike Grella (knee) are the names unavailable for Columbus Crew.

 

Philadelphia Union Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.7

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Columbus Crew Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
18 GK Andre Blake 193 79
12 LB Keegan Rosenberry 173 73
26 CD Auston Trusty 188 -
33 RB Fabinho 174 -
3 CD Jack Elliott - -
6 CDM Haris Medunjanin 188 80
11 CDM Alejandro Bedoya 178 73
10 CM Borek Dockal 182 72
14 CM Fabian Herbers 182 70
7 CM David Accam 174 66
17 CF Charles Sapong 185 84
No. Pos Player M kg
23 GK Zack Steffen 190 -
25 LB Harrison Afful 168 64
19 RB Milton Valenzuela 168 64
17 CD Lalas Abubakar - -
4 CD Jonathan Mensah 188 75
6 CDM Wil Trapp - -
7 CDM Artur - -
10 CM Federico Higuain 172 68
18 CM Christian Martinez 170 79
9 CM Pedro Santos 173 76
11 CF Gyasi Zardes 188 79