New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union - 8/20/20 MLS Soccer Picks and Prediction
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Philadelphia Union at New England Revolution
MLS Soccer: Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 7:30 PM
The Line: New England +110 / Draw +255 / Philadelphia +225 -- O/U: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New England Revolution and the Philadelphia Union meet in MLS action from Gillette Stadium on Thursday night.
The New England Revolution come into this one looking to build off of a decent showing in the MLS is Back tournament, opening the tournament with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact before draws with DC United and Toronto FC sat the Revs at 5 points with a 1-2-0 record, tied with TFC for tops in Goup C but finishing in 2nd in the group on a tiebreaker. The Revolution earned their spot in the knockout rounds but the stay was brief as the Union bounced New England in the round of 16 by a score of 1-0. Adam Buksa leads the Revolution with two goals while Gustavo Bou and Teal Bunbury each have a goal for the Revs as well. Matt Turner is New England’s top goalkeeper, conceding 0.75 goals per 90 minutes with two clean sheets in four appearances this season.
The Philadelphia Union on the other hand, had a pretty good MLS is Back tournament, finishing tied with tournament runner-up and host Orlando City at 2-1-0 in group play. The Union beat NYCFC and Inter Miami in the first two group stage games before drawing with Orlando on the final group match day to finish tied at the top, but losing out on the winning position of the group due to a tiebreaker with Orlando City. Philly took care of the Revolution in the round of 16 and picked up a 3-1 win over Sporting Kansas City in the quarter-finals before losing to eventual champion Portland in the semi-finals. Seven different Union players have a goal this season and three of those seven have an assist as well. Andre Blake is Philadelphia’s top goalkeeper, conceding 1.4 goals per 90 minutes with one clean sheet in five league appearances this season.
Am I missing something here? The Union won the last meeting against New England, and have gone unbeaten in the last five head-to-head against New England with four wins and have lost just once to Philadelphia since 2015. Philadelphia’s owned New England in this fixture, and I see no reason to go astray from the trends here. Give me the Union and the huge plus money on the ML.