Tempting Underdog Alert!
Nashville SC opened the MLS regular season with eight straight games on the road. Now, it’s finally time for Gary Smith’s team to play at home. Geodis Park, their new 30,000-seat stadium is ready!
Regardless of previous results, of course, you can expect a highly motivated team. Enough to even dominate the soccer lines (+120) despite hosting the best team in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Union.
Nashville SC Road Tour
The MLS has become a very competitive league. That’s why Nashville’s 3-2-3 record to start the season is pretty impressive. They’re only one point behind the Houston Dynamo, the team sitting in seventh place in the Western Conference.
Most recently, the Six-Strings lost 1-0 to Los Angeles Galaxy. Again, that’s not bad considering they were facing one of the top scorers in the League, Javier Chicharito Hernandez. And that it was their eighth straight road game!
Offensively, Nashville scored in six of those games. Hany Mukhtar and C.J. Sapong lead the chart with two goals each. Defensively, they finished with a clean sheet twice, against the Seattle Sounders and Columbus Crew, two title contenders.
Going back home should be enough motivation, but there’s more. The team recently announced some additions to the ownership group, including Tennessee Titans All-Pro running back Derrick Henry. This is a project in which any player would like to be involved.
Last but not least, Teal Bunbury, Robert Castellanos, and Irakoze Donasiyano are out due to injury. Even so, the Six-Strings deserve to dominate the Las Vegas odds.
Philadelphia Union Great Start
You won’t find a more tempting underdog than the Philadelphia Union. We’re talking about first place in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 5-2-1 record, 12 goals for, and only five against. No other team in the league has allowed fewer goals than them.
Last week, Philly drew 1-1 to Montreal CF. Julian Carranza scored the team’s lone goal from the penalty spot. It wasn’t a good match for Philly, Montreal won possession with 55 percent and took more shots on goal. Hey, a champ also needs a little bit of luck sometimes, right?
Daniel Gazdag comes in as the Union top scorer with four goals. That’s impressive considering he isn’t a striker. He’s followed by Carranza, who has scored three goals.
Philadelphia owns a 2-0-1 record when playing on the road. Its best performance was against the reigning champions, New York City FC. The Union won 2-0 with goals from Alejandro Bedoya and Gazdag. The defeat was against Toronto FC, 2-1.
For Sunday’s game, Philly comes in as the betting online underdog at +260. That means a potential payout of $360 per every $100 invested. This will be the third time that the Union plays as road underdogs. Curiously enough, they lost the only road game in which they were favorites.
Nashville SC vs Philadelphia Union Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 3
- Nashville SC Victories: 1 (2 goals)
- Philadelphia Union Victories: 1 (2 goals)
- Draws: 1
All three previous meetings were in 2021. First, Nashville SC won 1-0 at home thanks to a goal from Sapong. Later, the Philadelphia Union exacted revenge at home, also with a 1-0 victory thanks to Kacper Przybylko. Finally, they met in the Conference Semifinals, and ended 1-1; Philly won the penalty shootout 2-0.
Nashville SC vs Philadelphia Union Game Information
- Date: Sunday, May 1
- Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Geodis Park, Nashville
- Nashville SC vs Philadelphia Union Live Stream: fuboTV
Nashville SC vs Philadelphia Union Betting Lines
Nashville SC vs Philadelphia Union Prediction
You won’t find a more tempting underdog than the Philadelphia Union, however, right now, Nashville SC’s motivation is on its way to infinity and beyond. Plus, the Six Strings bring a 19-match home unbeaten run to Geodis Park (10-9-0) and are offering a great price.
No matter what happens, this is going to be a historic game. Not only because Geodis Park opens its doors, but also because the total will go over (2-130) for the first time between these two.
Score Prediction: Nashville SC 2, Philadelphia Union 1