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New England Revolution v Philadelphia Union Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

July 26, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Sunday 30 July – Gillette Stadium – Major League Soccer

Two of Major League Soccer’s most out of form sides face off on Sunday, as the New England Revolution welcome the Philadelphia Union to the Gillette Stadium.

Past Meetings

Philadelphia have an excellent recent record against their hosts this weekend, winning the last three MLS games against New England.

The Revolution failed to score against them in all three meetings, with a combined aggregate score of 10-0 to Philadelphia. New England’s sole MLS victory over Sunday’s opponents came back in  April 2015, with a 2-1 win.

Team News

New England only have two players ruled out of this game, with both suffering from long term injuries for Jay Heaps’ team. Defender Daigo Kobayashi remains out of action with a hamstring injury. Midfielder Xavier Kouassi meanwhile is still recovering from a thigh problem.

Philadelphia have greater injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s game, with a number of players set to miss out. Midfielder Maurice Edu and striker Fabian Herbers are both out, as they continue their recuperation periods from a respective broken leg and hernia surgery.

Derrick Jones is also unavailable after he suffered a concussion in their win away at Columbus Crew. Raymon Gaddis and Fafa Picault will both face late fitness tests on  hamstring strains, as will forward CJ Saprong, who is struggling with a sprained ankle.

New England Revolution v Philadelphia Union Preview and Predictions

Hosts New England come into this game on the back of a poor run of recent form, despite a dramatic 4-3 win over the free falling LA Galaxy in their last game. Prior to that victory, they had lost four MLS games in a row, as they were unable to build on promising results from May and June.

However, they can take some heart from the fact that Philadelphia’s form has also been inconsistent in recent weeks. They are without a win in their last three MLS games, and are in real need of points.

Both sides are dangerously close to the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference table, and that’s likely to make this one a cagey affair. With that in  mind, a draw looks a likely outcome, priced at 13/4. The New England Revolution are 5/8 for the win, while the Union are 9/2.

Goals have been fairly easy to come by for both sides. With neither excelling defensively, an over 2.5 goals bet is priced at 3/5.

Recommended Bets

Both teams to score at 4/6

This is unlikely to  be a classic, but both need to get points on the board to prevent securing a permanent place in the lower regions of the MLS table.

A 2-2 draw at 12/1

New England have home advantage for this game, but Philadelphia have the better record against them. They could cancel each other out, making this scoreline a decent bet.

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