New York City vs Philadelphia Union Prediction & Tips
New York City (NYC) qualified for its third consecutive postseason after beating the Philadelphia Union 3-1 on the final day of the regular season. Now both teams will face each other only three days later and this match will be direct elimination to see who gets into the next round.
New York Cityteam added 13 games undefeated in the MLS playing at home (G10, E3), but in recent weeks have been somewhat vulnerable at Yankee Stadium as the team has lost points in two of its last four meetings (G2, E1, P1). The recent losses in visitor condition against Minnesota and DC United also stopped the good run that the team had in the middle of the season.
The New York City FC will try to repeat the dominant performance he had in the first half in the match last weekend, the same that allowed him to register 61% possession and score three goals before the break.
Philadelphia will have to return to being that defense that received only 30 goals as a visitor this season, the seventh best number in MLS. Something to note is that the team has not been able to score the first goal in any of their last four league games.
The Union has not yet won in visiting status against New York City. From 2015 to date he has played four games at Yankee Stadium and has only registered one point.
Players to watch: David Villa (NYC) continues to be a complicated striker for most of the opposing defenses and has scored in four of his last five league matches. He has an average of 4.3 shots per game and has recorded four goals in nine games as a starter against Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Unionwill rely on what Cory Burke can do, who scored against NYC over the weekend. That was his eighth goal in his last 14 games.
Statistics to consider: The NYCFC has the second highest average of shots in local condition, with 19.2 per duel.
Both teams have scored in six of the nine meetings between them.
The disadvantage that the team had last week was the first time in nine games that Philadelphia has gone down to the break (G3, E5).
New York City – Philadelphia Union FREE TIPS
New York City – Win @1.65
Both teams to score / YES @ 1.80
Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.90