Philadelphia Union at DC United 8/28/21 - MLS Picks & Predictions
DC United had a good run in early August but they have slowly reverted to old habits lately. They will now look to return to winning ways when they will play host to Philadelphia on Saturday. Philadelphia have been in mediocre form lately and they have struggled to get points on the road.
DC United (8-10-3) are coming off a 2-1 home loss against Atlanta United, in a match where they pulled even but conceded a late goal to eventually lose. They have now lost 3 in a row after going unbeaten in their previous 5. DC United are sitting at the 7th spot of the Eastern Conference with 27 points, scoring 32 goals and conceding 31 in the process. They have been solid at home so far (6-3-0), scoring 15 and conceding just 7 goals, which is the best home defense in the Conference. However, they have kept just 3 clean sheets at home.
Philadelphia (8-5-8) were not really good in their home match against Montreal, but a late equalizer (from their only shot on target) salvaged a point from that 1-1 draw. They have now won just 2 of their last 7 MLS matches (2-2-3), keeping just 2 clean sheets in their last 11. Philadelphia are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the Eastern Conference with 32 points, scoring 27 and conceding 20 goals in the process. They have not been anything special on the road so far (2-3-5), scoring 12 and conceding 12 goals, but also remaining win-less in their last 7 (0-3-4).
This will be the third match between the two this season, with Philadelphia winning both previous matches against DC United, once in each venue. They have been excellent against DC in recent years, going unbeaten in the last 11 matches (9 wins, 2 draws). Moreover, they are unbeaten in this venue since 2017 (4-0-2). Taking the Over 2.5 Goals here.