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Oct 3, 2021 at 9pm UK at PPL Park
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

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

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 head coach Caleb Porter directs his team in the first half against Atlanta United at Lower.com Field on August 7, 2021© Reuters

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.

Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin walks onto the field before match against the New England Revolution on May 12, 2021© Reuters

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

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

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


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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.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England32217464402470
2Nashville SCNashville311116447281949
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia311310843321149
4Orlando City31121184544147
5New York City FCNY City311281151341744
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta30111094034643
7New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls30127113731643
8CF MontrealMontreal311110104441343
9DC United31125145150141
10Columbus Crew31108133842-438
11Inter MiamiInter Miami31115153348-1538
12Chicago Fire3297163651-1534
13Toronto3168173560-2526
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3148193364-3120

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England32217464402470
2Nashville SCNashville311116447281949
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia311310843321149
4Orlando City31121184544147
5New York City FCNY City311281151341744
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta30111094034643
7New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls30127113731643
8CF MontrealMontreal311110104441343
9DC United31125145150141
10Columbus Crew31108133842-438
11Inter MiamiInter Miami31115153348-1538
12Chicago Fire3297163651-1534
13Toronto3168173560-2526
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3148193364-3120

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