- Nissan Stadium
Philadelphia Union and Both Teams To Score
- Nashville SC are unbeaten at home this season (Won 3, Drawn 4).
- Philadelphia Union are unbeaten on the road in the MLS this season (Won 2, Drawn 3).
- Nashville SC have conceded the first goal in their last four matches.
Union can be first to win in Nashville
Nashville SC pit their unbeaten home record against a Philadelphia Union side yet to taste defeat on their travels this Sunday at Nissan Stadium.
Gary Smith’s men have somehow managed to maintain that proud run at Nissan Stadium despite conceding the opening goal in the last two and needing 90th minute goals on both occasions to respectively take the victory and grab the draw.
It is a nice habit to keep up – but potentially unsustainable over the long-term – and it is now four straight games that Nashville SC have fallen behind.
Conceding the opener to the Union on Sunday would not be a surprise at all, given Jim Curtin’s men have scored the opening goal in their last six – albeit the last two have been in their own net.
Philadelphia needed a late reply of their own to take a point from Eastern Conference strugglers Chicago Fire last week, but should be bolstered by the return of Anthony Fontana and Jack de Vries following concussion protocols.
Veteran midfielder Alejandro Bedoya is doubtful because of a calf issue, but home-grown teenage talent Quinn Sullivan deputised well at Soldier Field and even managed to score the MLS’s goal of the week.
Nashville will be without Venezuelan attacker Jhonder Cadiz again, although his loan deal from Benfica was extended this week.
Just back from the Copa America, Cadiz has shown that he can create chances through his height and heading ability, but his stamina is questionable.
We’re backing the Union to get the win here – with both teams to score – because we don’t think they can keep recovering from poor starts.
Although it’s not guaranteed that they fall behind again, Nashville don’t score enough goals to persuade us they are the play on Sunday.
Smith’s men would need to keep a clean sheet to have their best chance of victory and we like the visitors – who average two goals per game on the road – to get another couple on Sunday.
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