Columbus Crew SC vs. Philadelphia Union MLS Pick, Odds, Prediction - 3/12/16
Philadelphia Union (0-1-0) vs. Columbus Crew SC (0-1-0)
MLS Soccer: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm (MAPFRE Stadium)
The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MLS LIVE, Live Well Network, TWCSC-OH, CW Columbus
The Columbus Crew SC and Philadelphia Union meet Saturday night at the MAPFRE Stadium.
The Columbus Crew SC hope to bounce back after a 2-1 loss to the Portland Timbers. Columbus can’t be happy after controlling the ball for 61 percent of the match and wasting an incredible goal from Federico Higuain. Still, the Columbus Crew SC got just four of its 19 total shots on target, which explains the losing effort in a nutshell. Higuain leads Columbus with one goal, Ethan Finlay has one assist and Harrison Afful has two shots. Defensively, Steve Clark has come away with six saves on eight shots faced. The Columbus Crew SC have split their last four regular season home games.
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The Philadelphia Union also look to bounce back after a 2-0 loss to FC Dallas. In the losing effort, the Union allowed 10 shots on target and got just two themselves. The Philadelphia Union need to play better defense or this is going to be a long season for the franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2011. Leo Fernandes leads Philadelphia with three shots, Roland Alberg has two shots and Ilson Pereira has two shots. Defensively, Andre Blake has come away with eight saves on 10 shots faced. The Philadelphia Union have lost their last three regular season road games.
The Columbus Crew SC have beaten the Philadelphia Union in four of the last five meetings, which includes the most recent match last September. Crew SC has never lost to the Union in Columbus. Each of the last five meetings has produced at least three goals.
Given the history and the way the two teams played in their season opener, I think it’s say to say the Columbus Crew SC should win this match.