Nashville SC vs Philadelphia Union Prediction, Odds, Picks
- Philadelphia Union were on a good run but have dropped points in the last two game weeks
- Nashville are among the more inconsistent teams in the league with 3 wins, 3 losses, and 2 draws from their 8 games
- Philadelphia are the joint-lowest conceding team this season, having conceded only 5 from their 8 games
Nashville vs Philadelphia Odds
Nashville SC vs Philadelphia Union Pick
Philadelphia Union to win, over 2.5 goals
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Nashville SC vs Philadelphia Union Prediction
Nashville SC have faced Philadelphia Union twice in the league, and both sides have a win and a loss. The two sides met in the Conference Semifinals as well last season, and the game went to the penalty shootout. Philadelphia managed to emerge victorious 2-0 after all the Nashville players missed their penalties.
The very first meeting between these two sides took place in 2021, and Charles Sapong scored the lone goal of the game. Nashville drew first blood in the fixture, but that was the only time they defeated Philadelphia Union.
The Union got their revenge in the very next meeting thanks to Kacper Przybyłko’s penalty. The game once again finished 1-0, but this time, the home side took the win.
Nashville and Philadelphia Union met in the MLS pre-season earlier this year, and that game ended in a 1-1 draw. Jakob Glesnes scored for Philadelphia, and Nashville managed to pull one back after the game was extended beyond full time.
Coming into this game, however, Philadelphia are the team that are much bigger favorites on paper. They’ve been among the most consistent teams in the league so far, notching up 17 points from 8 games – behind only Los Angeles FC on that front – and topping the Eastern Conference by three-point margin heading into this game.
They are strong favorites and could pick up another win to keep their dominance going.
Nashville SC Can Kick Rekindle Their Season With a Big Win This Weekend
Nashville SC had a very short pre-season and played just two games. They could not pick up a win in both matches, and that has reflected in their start of the season.
They have not made the best of starts to the season and have won just three games. They have three losses to their name as well, making them one of the most inconsistent teams in the league.
They started their season with a 1-0 win away from home at Seattle Sounders. Aníbal Godoy scored the only goal of the game in the 80th minute after the two sides went neck and neck for the 90 minutes.
Charles Sapong handed Nashville an early lead against Minnesota United in the next game, but they were unable to keep the lead. Hassani Dotson scored midway through the second half, and that saw the two sides share points.
It was a similar story against FC Dallas, but the Texas side stole the win at the end of the game. Both sides were unable to get in behind the defenses, but Franco Jara’s helped Dallas take the lead with 5 minutes left. Two minutes later, Alan Velasco sealed the win as Nashville failed to get a single shot on goal throughout the game.
Real Salt Lake proved to be a tough battle for Nashville as they ended up losing once again. Bobby Wood and Tate Schmitt scored early in both halves, and Walker Zimmerman’s goal for Nashville proved to be a consolation.
Gary Smith’s men managed to come back strong and pulled off a 1-0 win over Columbus Crew. Alex Muyl scored the lone goal of the game midway through the first half, and then Nashville sat back and defended their lead until the very end.
It was a different story against Sporting Kansas City as they had to come back from 1-0 down to pick up the win. Hany Mukhtar missed an early penalty for Nashville before Rémi Walter gave Kansas City the lead. Charles Sapong and Dave Romney scored in the second half to save Mukhtar his blushes and help Nashville pick up back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
The joy was short-lived for Nashville as they drew against the San Jose Earthquakes in the next game. Hany Mukhtar made amends for his missed penalty with a brace in the game against San Jose, but Jeremy Ebobisse replied with a brace of his own to help the home side draw the match.
Nashville looked set to earn a point from the game against LA Galaxy, but Dejan Joveljić scored in the 86th minute to give the home side the lead and left the away side no time to find an equalizer.
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Philadelphia Union Need a Win to Push for the Top of the Supporters’ Shield Standings
Philadelphia Union enjoyed an unbeaten pre-season and that form continued in the league. They defeated CF Montreal in the friendlies and drew to FC Cincinnati and Nashville SC.
Their season started with a draw, but it was a dominant performance against Minnesota United. Robin Lod handed the away side the lead in the 23rd minute, but Cory Burke managed to pull the Union level before halftime. The second half was all in the home side’s control, but they failed to get any of their 10 shots on goal into the back of the net.
It looked like the same story was set to repeat in their game at CF Montreal as Lassi Lappalainen gave the home side the lead in the first half. The Canadian side thought they had made it 2-0 in the 50th minute, but VAR canceled the goal. Philadelphia Union made the most of it and scored two quickfire goals to take the lead. Alejandro Bedoya and Dániel Gazdag scored in the 53rd and 56th minute, respectively, and that was enough for them to seal the win. Julián Carranza got sent off midway through the second half, but the away side managed to hold their lead.
The come from behind win gave the Union players a lot of confidence, which showed in their next few games. They defeated reigning champions New York City FC, San Jose Earthquakes, and Charlotte FC with the same 2-0 scoreline and managed to get on top of the table.
An own goal from Eloy Room was enough for them to beat Columbus Crew in the next gameweek and keep their unbeaten start going.
Philadelphia Union were full of confidence now, but Toronto FC handed them a reality check. Julián Carranza gave the Union the lead in the game in the 34th minute, but the Canadian side were reluctant to accept defeat. Jesús Jiménez equalized in the 39th minute of the game before Alejandro Pozuelo scored early in the second half to give them the big win.
Philadelphia Union lost a game for the first time this season but were still on top of the table and looked confident of bouncing back easily. However, CF Montreal had other plans this time and got a draw in the reverse fixture. After losing the first meeting 2-1, the Canadian side held Union to a 1-1 draw thanks to Kei Kamara’s equalizer in the second half.
The Union are now 3rd in the Supporters’ Shield standings, but can jump back to the top with a win this weekend. They are 2 points off the league leaders LAFC, and will be looking to make the most of Nashville’s poor form to restart their winning streak this season.
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|Time||Sunday, May 1 at 4pm EST|
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Varun is a web journalist who has been writing on sports for 13 years. He took a shine for the MLS during the 2021 season and has been following it and writing about it since, alongside his work involving the English Premier League, La Liga, and the Serie A. He is deeply interested in soccer analytics and strategy and has aspirations to move into coaching at some point. Email: [email protected]