Seattle Sounders vs. Philadelphia Union MLS Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/16/16
Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders
MLS Soccer: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm (CenturyLink Field)
The Line: Seattle -147 / Philadelphia Union +390 -- Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLS LIVE, The Comcast Network, JOEtv
The Seattle Sounders and Philadelphia Union meet Saturday night at the CenturyLink Field.
The Seattle Sounders need a nice win here after a rough 1-3-1 start to the season. The Sounders struggles continue to be with a lack of offense, as they’re averaging less than a goal per match and have just three players with three or more shots on goal. The Seattle Sounders are capable of playing better ball, especially at home, but they have yet to show any consistency on the offensive side of the ball. Chad Marshall leads Seattle with one goal, Andreas Ivanschitz has one assist and Clint Dempsey has 21 shots. Defensively, Stefan Frei has come away with 18 saves on 22 shots faced. The Seattle Sounders have earned points in six of their last eight regular season home games.
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The Philadelphia Union can take the lead in the East by gaining points in this match. The Philadelphia Union are led by a defense that’s allowing an average of one goal per match and has pitched one shutout. The Union have also shown balance on the offensive end with five different players with at least six shot attempts. C.J. Sapong leads Philadelphia with three goals, Chris Pontius has one assist and Sebastien Le Toux has five shots. Defensively, Andre Blake has come away with 19 saves on 24 shots faced. The Philadelphia Union have lost four of their last five regular season road games.
These two teams have played each other well recently, as the last five matches have produced a 2-2-1 record. The Union won the last meeting back in June, while the Sounders have won two of the last four meetings. Three of the last five matches have produced two or less goals.
The Union have clearly played the better ball so far this season, but the Sounders are the more talented team overall and are kind of in a must-win spot at home. I expect Seattle to take on the challenge and leave this match with three points.