DC United vs. Philadelphia Union – MLS, October 14, 2020
The first game of the post-Ben Olsen era ended in defeat for DC United, with interim head coach Chad Ashton overseeing a 2-1 loss to Chicago Fire on Sunday. The Black & Red has now suffered five straight defeats, and it doesn’t get any easier for DC this week.
Philadelphia travels to Audi Field on Wednesday, October 14, having won six of their last eight outings. The Union is second in the Eastern Conference, three points behind frontrunner Toronto and a whopping 23 points ahead of bottom-club DC.
If you’re thinking about wagering on this game, I recommend checking out my DC United vs. Philadelphia Union prediction and betting pick below.
DC United vs. Philadelphia Union Odds
It is no surprise that 10bet favors Philadelphia (2.05) to win this game, although I am shocked by the high odds for the away victory. I guess DC (3.45) is somewhat of an unknown quantity without Olsen at the helm, but does the Washington club really stand a chance on Wednesday?
Ultimately, the two sides have been battling at opposite ends of the Eastern Conference throughout 2020, so anything other than a Philly win would be a big shock.
DC United vs. Philadelphia Union Preview
Following ten years under Olsen, it was always going to be difficult to predict how DC would fare without their long-standing head coach in the dugout. The 43-year-old was sacked following four straight defeats, but the Black & Red failed to buck that trend on Sunday.
DC suffered their fifth consecutive defeat last time out and only got on the scoresheet thanks to a Jonathan Bornstein own goal. Chicago didn’t exactly dominate proceedings, yet the team from Washington continued to misfire.
With just two wins from 17 games this term, the Black & Red is now two points behind second-bottom Cincinnati and six points shy of Inter Miami. Hopes of securing a play-off spot have all but vanished, although DC will be desperate to pick up some more points between now and the end of the regular season to avoid the Wooden Spoon.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia registered back-to-back wins with a 2-1 victory over Montreal Impact last time out. Sergio Santos netted his second goal in three games on Sunday, with Jamiro Monteiro also getting on the scoresheet.
The Union has done remarkably well to keep pace with Supporters’ Shield frontrunner Toronto in recent weeks. The Canadians have won each of their previous five games, but Philly has managed to remain within touching distance by winning six of their last eight outings.
Not only are Jim Curtin’s men the highest scorers in the Eastern Conference, they also boast the second-best defensive record in the division. Could the MLS Cup be heading to Pennsylvania for the very first time this year?
Prediction and Betting Pick
Philadelphia Union to Win2.10
The odds for the away win seem crazily high for this match, so I recommend jumping on this price before it goes down. After all, Philadelphia is 23 points ahead of DC, and the U’s recent record could hardly be better.
With interim head coach Chad Austin taking charge of DC, the bookies have obviously priced up this game with caution. Nobody knows exactly what to expect from the Black & Red at the moment, but I think that plays into the bettors’ hands on this occasion.