Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution – MLS, May 12, 2021
Philadelphia will aim to build on last weekend’s victory over Chicago when New England visits PPL Park on Wednesday, May 12.
After taking just one point from their opening three games, the reigning Supporters’ Shield champions finally picked up their first win of the season on Saturday.
The Revs have made a promising start to the 2021 MLS campaign, losing one of their four matches so far. Two wins and a draw mean they sit joint-top of the Eastern Conference.
If you’re here for my Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution prediction – keep reading. Before we get to my betting pick, let’s take a look at the odds for Wednesday’s clash and analyze the teams.
Union vs. New England Odds
At first glance, I really like the look of the juicy price for the draw (3.50) here. New England (3.10) has started the season well, but it feels as though Philadelphia (2.20) is growing into the campaign.
The top-rated online sportsbooks view Philly as the favorite to win on Wednesday – and you can’t exactly argue with their viewpoint. That said, betting against the Union could land you a tasty profit.
Let’s take a closer look at the teams.
Philly vs. Revs Match Preview
While the Revs have only played four competitive games this year, Jim Curtin’s men already have eight matches behind them in 2021.
Following a 5-0 thrashing of Deportivo Saprissa, the Union booked their spot in the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals with a 4-1 aggregate win over Atlanta United. They are now the only MLS club remaining in the competition.
The U’s CCL commitments obviously hurt the team’s early-season form in Major League Soccer. However, the 2020 Supporters’ Shield winners secured their first MLS win of the season last weekend.
Goals from Cory Burke and Jakob Glesnes handed Philly a 2-0 victory over the Fire, while Curtin’s side chalked up 15 shots at Soldier Field.
Let’s not forget that Chicago is one of the weakest teams in the East, though. The Union will undoubtedly face a far tougher test when New England comes to town.
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Funny enough, the Revs were held to a 2-2 draw by Chicago on the opening weekend of the season. But it didn’t take them long to get their campaign up and running.
Bruce Arena’s side beat DC United 1-0 in Week 2 before sealing a 2-1 victory over Atlanta the following weekend. Spanish playmaker Carles Gil contributed a goal and an assist against the Five Stripes, adding to his assist against the Fire.
However, Gil was unable to prevent a 2-0 loss to Nashville on Saturday. Despite seeing almost 60% possession, the Revs suffered their first defeat of the season last time out.
Regardless of last weekend’s loss, New England is still in a strong position. Picking up seven points already this term, Arena’s men can be proud of their efforts.
Along with Gil, forward players Adam Buksa and Gustavo Bou have already opened their goalscoring accounts for 2021. The Revs struggled for goals last year, but they look dangerous in attack this season.
Union vs. New England Prediction and Betting Pick
Having taken everything into account, the draw is my Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution prediction.
Yes, Curtin’s men have made a slow start to their 2021 MLS campaign. But after beating Chicago on Saturday, they will surely be confident of picking up another positive result on Wednesday.
Just like last season, the Revs look tough to beat this year. For that reason, I can see them coming away from PPL Park with an important road point.