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Oct 3, 2021 at 9pm UK
PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Union
3-0
Columbus CrewColumbus Crew
Elliott (25'), Bedoya (46'), Flach (89')
Wagner (35'), Powell (74'), Santos (77')
Wagner (64')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Santos (66')

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Philadelphia Union welcome defending champions Columbus Crew to Subaru Park on Sunday in search of a third consecutive victory on home turf.

On the other hand, the away side make the journey to Chester aiming to record a first MLS victory on the road in seven outings since July.


Match preview

Columbus Crew made it three home league wins in a row following a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over CF Montreal at the Lower.com Field on Sunday.

Caleb Porter's men took a two-goal lead thanks to goals from American forward Gyasi Zardes, before hanging on to secure all three points despite Romell Quioto's late consolation strike.

The Crew have moved up into 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings, five points off the last playoff spot albeit having played a game more.

Next up for them is a trip to a ground where they have failed to emerge victorious on any of their last seven visits since claiming a 3-2 win back in 2014.

Sunday's visitors, who have scored the third-fewest number of goals away from home this term, will need to get going at the attacking to stand any chance of coming out on top.

Off the back of two home wins on the trot, Philadelphia Union were held to a 1-1 draw by New York Red Bulls at the Red Bull Arena on Tuesday.

Jim Curtin's men opened the scoring in the 17th minute through Sergio Santos but were pegged back before the half-time whistle thanks to Omir Fernandez's leveller.

The Union are still hanging on to the last playoff spot in the east but currently have two games in hand on nearest challengers Atlanta United.

No team in the entire conference has let in fewer goals on home turf than Sunday's hosts, who will be confident of keeping their visitors at bay.

Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D

Philadelphia Union form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D

Columbus Crew Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • W

Columbus Crew form (all competitions):
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W

Team News

Columbus' trio of Perry Kitchen, Kevin Molino and Aidan Morris are currently sidelined with knee injuries and will play no part in the game.

The away side will also be without the services of 25-year-old Artur and Eloy Room who miss out through hernia and groin injuries respectively.

Cory Burke and Ilson are Philadelphia's only injury concerns ahead of the match as the former is down with an ankle problem, while the latter is yet to recuperate from a groin injury.

Jamiro Monteiro netted the winner in the last meeting between Sunday's opponents back in June, and he will be looking to come up trumps once again.

Philadelphia Union possible starting lineup:
Blake; Wagner, Elliot, Glesnes, Mbaizo; Flach, Martinez, Bedoya, Monteiro; Santos, Przybylko

Columbus Crew possible starting lineup:
Bush; Valenzuela, Williams, Mensah, Afful; Fraser, Hairston, Nagbe; Junior, Zardes, Santos


We say: Philadelphia Union 2-1 Columbus Crew

Philadelphia have little margin for error in their quest for a place in the postseason as the regular season enters into its final knockings. They will fancy themselves to see off the challenge of a side who have struggled away from home all-season long, and we are backing them to secure all three points.



Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data



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1New England RevolutionNew England29205457342365
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4Orlando City2811984141042
5New York City FCNY City281171044321240
6DC United28124124941840
7CF MontrealMontreal28117104037340
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2810993733439
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2797113330334
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11Inter MiamiInter Miami2795132542-1732
12Chicago Fire2976162946-1727
13Toronto2867153454-2025
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati2748152852-2420
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