Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew Pick
Philadelphia Union to win, Over 2 goals
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Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew Pick
Philadelphia Union to win, Over 2 goals. Bet on Philadelphia vs Columbus Crew Here! The two sides have been clashing since 2010, and they have met 30 times in the league. Only four of the meetings have resulted in a draw.
Philadelphia Union is the favorite going into this match, as they are in better form than usual this season. They are currently second on the Supporters Shield table. However, they have won just 11 times against the Crew in 30 meetings.
Columbus Crew had a strong start to this season, but they have struggled since. They need to put in a strong performance this weekend to increase their confidence and climb up the rankings. The Union has won the Union’s half of their matches and they will look to continue their unbeaten streak in three games against their opponents.
This fixture has not seen a lot of red cards and only five players have been sent off in the 30 meetings. Four of those players were from the Crew, while Kai Wagner became the first Union player to get sent off when the two sides met back in October 2021.
We expect this match to finish with both teams getting on the scoresheet, with the home team edging out the victory
Philadelphia Union Aim To Go Top Of The Table With A Big Win
Philadelphia Union started the season with a draw against Minnesota United thanks to Cory Burke’s equalizer after the away side took the lead via Robin Lod. They fought hard and held the ball, but couldn’t make full use of their opportunities and settled for one point.
Jim Curtin had to make a change. A red card to Julian Carranza helped Curtin figure out how to achieve the desired results. The Union scored two goals quickly in the second period to win the match 1-0 after going down at CF Montreal. After the striker was dismissed, the Union sat back and defended hard, so their new strategies were fully in motion.
The manager tested new strategies from the beginning against San Jose Earthquakes. It was obvious that Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid had been the source of their inspiration. Cory Burke once more scored before Daniel Gazdag made it to the goal from the spot at the end of the second period. The two goals were enough for them to pick up the three points, despite having just 31% of the ball.
Curtin used the same strategy against Charlotte and New York City FC, with the same results. Both matches were won 2-0 and they remain unbeaten.
In short, the Philadelphia Union is not the side who enjoys keeping the ball in their hands but they manage to score the goals that are needed to win.
Andre Blake has been in great form and now has three clean sheets. Blake has been a key reason why the Union remain joint-top of the table.
In attack, Daniel Gazdag is leading the charge. With 4 goals, he has been a key player in their victories so far. Julian Carranza, who has two assists and a goal to his credit, has done a great job to assist him.
Despite Curtin’s defensive strategies working well, Curtin must improve his midfield to maintain possession. They will be playing more difficult games every week. If they don’t hold on to the ball well, it could become very challenging in big matches.
Columbus Crew Still to Hit Top Gear This Season
Columbus Crew are one of the worst teams in this league. They started with a 4-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps but then drew 3-3 to 10-man San Jose Earthquakes.
They won a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC, but then lost 3-3 to the -man San Jose Earthquakes. Caleb Porter, the manager of the team will want to see consistency in his players’ play. They have struggled with their possession during the matches.
Crew average over 56% of possession in matches and keep the ball in the opponent’s half majority of the table. They are often criticized for making too many cheeky passes. They manage to complete just 74% of their passes in the opponent’s half, compared to a 90% pass success in their own half.
Crew still score the goals. They have failed to score just once this season and have found the net 10 times – with none of those coming from the spot. Porter’s side take as many as 16 shots per game on average and have 5.2 of those on target.
Overall, the attack is doing very well but the defense has not been able to support them. The Crew has only kept one clean sheet in this season’s season opener, against the Whitecaps. Although there has not yet been any errors that have led to goals, Crew tends to place a lot pressure on Eloy room, their goalkeeper.
Lucas Zelarayan is their most valuable player. He is the best player on the pitch, with 4 goals and an assist this season. He can also be a bit too independent and loses the ball a lot.
Derrick Etienne Junior has had 3 missed chances this season to score. Gyasi Zardes, their forward has also matched these numbers. He is another player that is still to prove his worth this season.
He has only scored once in this season’s 3-3 draw with San Jose. He is prone to missing during games, and may be replaced by the manager. Miguel Berry is the perfect replacement, as he has the ability to create opportunities and get in the right places to assist Zelarayan.
Pedro Santos was their best player of the season, and he deserves to be supported more. Although he has put in long passes for their forwards, creating opportunities and scoring goals, he is still yet to receive an assist.
Crew needs all of their players in peak form to beat the Union this weekend. If their season so far is any indication, however, it’s technically their turn to win. What if it turns out differently?
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How to Watch Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew
Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew Information Teams Philadelphia Union vs Columbus Crew Location Subaru Park Time Saturday, April 9 at 6pm EST How to watch MLS LIVE on ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN, PHL17, WWHO (The CW Columbus)