Philadelphia Union head to the Music City to face Nashville SC
The Philadelphia Union are back in action tonight at 8pm in the Music City to face off against Nashville SC. It will be the first time in franchise history that the Union have traveled to Nashville. First things first, if you’re out enjoying 4th of July festivities tonight, then make sure you tune in to Fox Sports The Gambler to catch the radio broadcast. You can listen via via 102.5 FM, 104.5 HD2, the iHeart App and 1480 AM. If you’re around, the game will be broadcasted locally on PHL17. You can also stream the game directly from the Philadelphia Union website.
The Union are coming off a 3-3 draw in Chicago last week. They are currently in third place in the Eastern Conference and in the midst of an eight game unbeaten streak that dates the whole way back to May. The Union fell behind early against the Fire, but thanks to a bicycle kick from 17-year old Quinn Sullivan and another goal by Cory Burke, they were able to pull the game back to even to force the draw.
Shout out to my guy CJ Sapong, who is one of three former Union players on Nashville, the others being David Accam (on loan) and Taylor Washington. Last year, the Union didn’t face the MLS newcomers due to the schedule changes thanks to a thing called COVID-19.
Nashville has played well during seven games at home this season, going unbeaten on the pitch with a 3-0-4 record. They have a knack for scoring late in games, netting six goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season which is tied for most in Major League Soccer. Five of the six goals mentioned have come in their last four matches.
Echoing a similar sentiment that I use when talking about the Phillies, no lead is safe against Nashville. They do however, like to fall behind in matches. Over 10 games this season, they have fallen behind in six matches, but still hold a 1-1-4 record when that happens.
The Union hold their own on the road. They are 4-0-3 away from Subaru Park this season. They will need to play better defense tonight than they did last time out against the Fire. After not surrendering a single goal through their first five road matches, they have given up five goals in their last two away from home. Jose Martinez should be back tonight after returning from Copa America action which will undoubtedly give the defense a much needed boost to get back on track.
Its going to be a tough one on the road but I like the Union’s defense returning to form tonight. Might be a homer pick but I would suggest Union +280 or if you still want a good line and aren’t as confident, a Draw at +225 still gets the job done.
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