Who’s the Top Alpha?
Taking a quick look at the numbers, Los Angeles FC are the top scoring team in MLS. On the other hand, the Philadelphia Union are the top defensive team in the league. We’ll finally know what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.
Regarding the soccer lines, LAFC comes in as the favorite at -155. Of course, being undefeated at home is a big reason for those odds.
Check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and USA MLS odds for Los Angeles FC vs Philadelphia Union. There are plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Los Angeles FC: Next!
Los Angeles FC also faced a very good defensive team in Minnesota United in their last match. It was close throughout, LAFC ending with a 2-0 win on goals from Ryan Hollingshead and Jose Cifuentes. It was a close one because LAFC cracked the code with only seven minutes left.
Having a deep roster has been crucial for LA coach Steve Cherundolo. In fact, Hollingshead and Cifuentes came off the bench. Carlos Vela is the leading scorer on the team, but a dozen different players have at least one goal.
That was LAFC’s fourth victory at Banc of California Stadium, where they’re 4-1-0, outscored their foes, 12-3.
As previously mentioned, there’s no other team in the league that’s scored more goals than LAFC. They’ve scored 21 goals, or 2.3 goals per game.
LAFC are used to handling the pressure of being the soccer betting favorite. There’s also good news regarding their injury list, as Brian Rodriguez and Eddie Segura could return soon. Doneil Henry and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi remain out, however.
Philadelphia Union Eager to Return to Winning
The Philadelphia Union lead the Eastern Conference with 5-3-1 record. However, the Zolos couldn’t win in their last three games. Another loss, or even a draw, could see them fall to third place.
Recently, they drew, 1-1, to Nashville SC. That’s not all that bad considering it was the first game at Nashville‘s new stadium. In other words, the Six Strings were highly motivated, and it was in a very hostile environment. Mikael Uhre scored for the Union.
It was mentioned that no other team in the league has allowed fewer goals. They’ve allowed only six, or 0.6 goals per game. Goalkeeper Andre Blake is responsible for a lot of that. He was named to Major League Soccer’s Team of the Week for Week 9 after registering five saves against Nashville.
All the above make the Union a really tempting online gambling underdog, especially at +450.
Los Angeles FC vs Philadelphia Union Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 3
- Los Angeles FC Victories: 1 (8 goals)
- Philadelphia Union Victories: 0 (5 goals)
- Draws: 2
Here’s the other reason Los Angeles FC control the odds board. They’re the only team the Philadelphia Union have played but never beaten.
Their last meeting was in 2020, it ended, 3-3. Both teams scored in all three games.
Los Angeles FC vs Philadelphia Union Game Information
- Date: Saturday, May 7
- Time: 11:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles
- Los Angeles FC vs Philadelphia Union Streaming: fubo.tv
Los Angeles FC vs Philadelphia Union Betting Lines
Los Angeles FC vs Philadelphia Union Prediction
In sports, there’s an ol’ saying that “offense wins games, but defense wins championships.” Well, this is a regular-season game, and that statement, LAFC ought to win. Expect a very physical game, however, meaning don’t figure too many goals. We don’t think both will score. Philly will play on the counterattack, meaning LAFC need to be patient in order to crack the code. They will, eventually, that’s why our soccer predictions are a close victory for the top-scoring team in the league.
Score Prediction: Los Angeles FC 1, Philadelphia Union 0