Philadelphia have finally managed to turn their season around, as despite the fact that they went without a win in their first 8 matches of the season, they are now coming off 3 consecutive wins. They will be playing host to Colorado on Saturday, May 20th, who are also struggling hard at this point in the season, having won just 2 of their 10 matches so far.
Philadelphia (3-4-4) have finally flipped the switch, and went from a miserable team trying to secure draw points, to a team that has won 3 in a row without even conceding. In their latest match they easily overcame Houston by 0-2 at home, while prior to that they had destroyed DC United by 4-0 on the road, and were excellent in their 0-3 home win agains the Red Bulls. As a result, they have climbed to the 7th spot of the Eastern Conference with 13 points, having scored 17 goals against 14 conceded so far. Results have been pretty balanced for them at home (2-2-2), where besides their recent wins, they were held to draws by Montreal and Toronto, but have lost to Portland and NYCFC. They have only kept a couple of clean sheets at home, but they had conceded multiple goals in each of their previous 4 home matches. They will be coming into this match with just a few injury concerns, as Yaro, Edu and Carroll are injured, while Alberg is still listed as questionable to participate.
On the other hand, Colorado (2-7-1) are still struggling to find consistency this season, as they look nothing like the team that they were last season. They are sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference with 7 points (also fewest in the whole MLS), having scored just 8 goals (worst MLS offense) against 15 conceded. They are coming off a tough 0-3 defeat against Chicago, as they have now lost 6 of their last 7 matches (1-6-0). They have sever problems up front, as they have only scored 8 goals so far, also failing to score in 4 of their last 5 matches. They have had massive problems on the road so far (0-5-0), where they have scored a single goal against 10 conceded. They have suffered just a couple of minimal 0-1 losses to the Red Bulls and Minnesota, but have lost by more than 2 goals to SKC, Orlando and Chicago. They will be coming into this match with just a couple of injury concerns, as Adjei-Boateng is still injured, while Sjoberg is still listed as questionable to participate.
It would be safe to say that Colorado have had the upper hand in this match-up, but they have won 3 times, Philly have won once , while 5 matches were draws. Colorado have also stood greatly in this venue over the years (2-0-3), but this time it is different. Colorado have appeared very weak on the road so far, while Philadelphia are coming off a somewhat unnatural 3 match winning streak. Colorado could pull an upset in their upcoming matches, but I am willing to risk that that’s not it. This looks like a 1-2 (+700) home win to me.
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