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Prediction: DC United vs Philadelphia Union – Football Predictions

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DC United want to end their streak of three straight defeats if they host Philadelphia Union on Sunday in the Eastern Conference of the MLS.

The guests have 32 points in their books after 21 games, while DC United is in seventh place, but only ahead of Atlanta United in terms of goal difference.


Prediction for this match

Hernan LosadaThe team haven’t lost four games in a row this season and they need to avoid losing on Sunday to make sure that doesn’t change.

DC United had the chance to increase the gap to their pursuers in the playoffs last time around, but in the end Atlanta caught up with seventh place after winning at Audi Field.

Yordy Reyna had equalized for DC United, but with eight minutes to go Marcelino Moreno scored the winning goal to extend Atlanta’s winning streak to four games.

Goalkeeper first choice Bill Hamida was sidelined in the last few games due to injury, and Jon Kempin has filled in between the posts but has conceded a number of goals in the last few games.

DC United conceded eight goals in two games against New England Revolution and Nashville SC, the largest number of goals conceded by the eleven best teams in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia Union midfielder Quinn Sullivan celebrates his goal with his teammates on June 27, 2021

Philadelphia recovered from disappointment in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals in the first leg with a win over New York City, followed by a 1-1 draw with Montreal last time.

Union had to wait until the 87th minute for the equalizer, which came through the substituted player Quinn Sullivan, just six minutes after stepping onto the pitch at Subaru Park.

Including that game against DC United, Jim CurtinThe team have two games ahead of their Champions League second leg against Mexican club Club America and they want to go into this game with a number of positive results.

Philadelphia has already traveled to Washington this season and has three points from a winning goal from Kacper Przybylko, that was only one of two shots on goal by the guests that day.

DC United will be determined to avoid defeat this time around after Philadelphia scored their second win over Losada’s side in late July, the game ending thanks to 2-1 goals for Union Sergio Santos and Przybylko.

DC United Major League Soccer Form:
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  • L.
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Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer Form:
  • D.
  • D.
  • W.
  • L.
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  • D.

Philadelphia Union Form (all competitions):
  • D.
  • W.
  • L.
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  • W.
  • D.

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DC United head coach Hernan Losada smiles as he leaves the field after the first-half game against FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium on July 31, 2021

Goalkeeper Hamid will continue to be absent from DC United along with center-back Donovan pines, Forward Nigel Robertha and wingers Paul Arriolawho are expected to recover from their injuries in the next month.

Brendan Hines-Ikewho broke her hip in early July, and Adrien Perez, who is recovering from a broken ankle in early August, will have to wait a little longer to return for Losada’s side.

Kempin, Steven Birnbaum, Joseph Mora and Edison Flores were the only players to keep their place in the starting XI for the final game from the team that lost to New England, but Losada was able to return to a similar line-up as the team that defeated Montreal.

Philadelphia center-backs pairing of Jack Elliott and Jacob Glesnes has started every MLS game this season and that continues on Sunday José Andrés Martinez sits in front of them in a defensive midfield role.

Przybylko was replaced by Cory Burke for the final game, but Przybylko is expected to return to the starting XI, which could look similar to the team that beat New York City.

DC United possible starting line-up:
Kempin; Alfaro, Brillant, Najar; Mora, Nyeman, Moreno, Gressel; Paredes, Kamara, Flores

Philadelphia Union possible starting line-up:
Blake; Wagner, Elliott, Glesnes, Powell; Flat, Martinez, Bedoya; Gazdag; Santos, Przybylko


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Probability: DC United 1-2 Philadelphia Union

DC United have scored at least one goal in their last five MLS games and that is expected to continue on Sunday after having scored 20 shots on goal in their last three games.

However, Philadelphia know how to beat DC United after having done it twice this season and they are going into this game in better shape than their hosts which should help them take three points.


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