Philadelphia Union is looking to make it seven games unbeaten in the regular MLS season as they host DC United at the Subaru Park tonight. DC United has done without tasting victory in five of its previous encounters and will surely be looking to turn it around.
Philadelphia has been in good form and reached the semi-finals of the MLS is Back tournament where it lost to eventual winners Portland Timbers. Union takes on DC United on the back of a hard-fought 1-0 victory over rivals New York Red Bulls on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, DC United has had a rather underwhelming season and also exited the MLS is Back tournament in the group stage. On Wednesday, it lost 2-1 at home to New England Revolution.
Philadelphia Union is currently sat comfortably at third on the Eastern Conference standings while DC United, who have had just one win in the regular season, are languishing at 12th.
Philadelphia Union vs DC United Head-to-Head
DC United and Philadelphia Union have battled against each other 30 times. Philadelphia Union has won 15 of those games while DC United has won 11 and four matches have ended in a draw.
The Union has been the more dominant side of late and has won all of its previous six games against Saturday's opposition with the last one being a 3-1 victory back in August last year.
Philadelphia Union vs DC United Team News
Aurelien Colin had missed the Union's previous match and is set to miss out on this one as well, owing to a leg injury. Other than that, Jim Curtin has a full squad to choose from.
Doubtful: Aurelien Collin
DC United has quite a few injury concerns. Edison Flores will play no part in the fixture as he has been ruled out for four to six weeks with facial injuries. Paul Arriola continues to be sidelined with an ACL injury.
Midfielder Russell Canouse is also unavailable due to a leg injury. Defenders Chris Odoi-Atsem and Oniel Fisher are going to miss the game due to undisclosed ailments.
Injuries: Edison Flores, Paul Arriola, Russell Canouse, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Oniel Fisher
Philadelphia Union vs DC United Predicted Lineups
Philadelphia Union Predicted XI: Andre Blake; Kai Wagner, Mark McKenzie, Jack Elliot, Ray Gaddis; Jose Martinez, Jamiro, Alejandro Bedoya, Brenden Aaronson; Kacper Przybylko and Sergio Santos
DC United Predicted XI: Bill Hamid; Frédéric Brillant, Pines, Steven Birnbaum, Julian Gressel, Júnior Moreno, Felipe Martins, Asad, Kevin Paredes, Segura and Ola Kamara.
Philadelphia Union vs DC United Prediction
After its 1-0 win against NY Red Bulls, Jim Curtin had expressed his joy at his team ekeing out wins in tight affairs.
"I think it's clear I like 1-0 wins because that means we were organized, tough to play through,"
"We got our goal, defended well as a team. Another clean sheet for Andre [Blake], but our team shares in it. When our team is cohesive and together, we're very difficult to break down. It's a group now that has confidence no matter who is on the field."
Although DC United manager Olsen believes everything is getting better behind the scenes, the team will find it difficult to defeat Philadelphia which has won all of its seven previous home games against DC.
Prediction: Philadelphia Union 3-1 DC United
Published 29 Aug 2020, 12:42 IST