Philadelphia Union are full of confidence after an impressive win and few changes are expected to be made. Blake remains a doubt, however, backup goalkeeper McCarthy has done well in recent weeks. Coach Curtin has named a stable defensive unit of late, with Elliott and Onyewu forming a strong partnership. Medunjanin and Bedoya are crucial in midfield, whilst Sapong provides a threat in attack. Philadelphia face a -0.5 handicap against a team they have failed to beat on 2 occasions this season already. The hosts are determined to get a result in this match and are boosted by winning their last 4 matches at Talen Energy Stadium. This makes Philadelphia decent value to take all 3 points, although they will need to be wary of the threat posed by the opposition on the break. Confidence is high in the home team especially at home as Philadelphia have won their last 4 games at Talen Energy Stadium. The 2.75 goals line is well placed, anything over this line will be dependent on an early goal as the visitors are expected to sit deep. If Philadelphia take the lead they are unlikely to change their approach, remaining on the front foot in search of more goals.
Montreal Impact come into this game confident after a much-needed win. The experience of Cabrera and Ciman proved key in the center of defense and is expected to force Fisher to remain on the bench. The midfield was well balanced in the last match, Donadel screens the defense better than others and allows team mates to attack. Going forward, Mancosu can hold the ball up to good effect. Montreal have been given a 0.5 handicap for this match, with the visitors not expected to win this encounter. Montreal do have positive memories of facing the hosts, in 2 encounters this season Montreal have avoided defeat. Montreal will aim to stay in the contest for long spells, relying on the counter attack. Conceding early would force a change in approach. The visitors will look to keep the game tight, defending with men behind the ball and counter attacking. Over 2.75 goals is dependent on an early goal being scored, if Montreal take the lead they will look to consolidate and protect the result. Away form is poor at the moment, failed to win any of the last 5 road trips. Conceding first could affect the team negatively, leading to more goals.
Verdict & Prediction
Philadelphia Union come into this game with confidence high after an impressive win. Playing at home will give the players lots of confidence, Philadelphia have won their last 4 matches at Talen Energy Stadium. The atmosphere at home games has improved after a poor start to the season. The hosts hold a slight psychological disadvantage against their opponents. Philadelphia have failed to beat the away side on 2 separate occasions this season. In the previous home encounter, Philadelphia let slip a 3-0 lead, and this memory is still vivid for the players.
Prediction: Philadelphia Union -0.50 Asian Handicap (Same as Philadelphia Union to win the match)
Odds: 1.88 Pinnacle