Match Preview: NYCFC vs. Philadelphia Union

After a 1-1 draw against the Houston Dynamo last weekend, NYCFC will look to end their winless streak away in Philadelphia. The Union currently sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference and have taken four points from the two previous matches against NYCFC.

NYCFC looked like the better of the two sides in the last meeting on April 16, and were unlucky to not get the three points. Both teams have had their fair share of struggles, but based on past results it seems that Philadelphia may have the upper hand. Yet, NYCFC are out to prove themselves and the early loss away at PPL Park may not be indicative of current form. There are encouraging signs for Kreis’ men, and with players returning from injury they may have a greater shot at the three points than in previous matches.

NYCFC predicted lineup:

Mix Diskerud will miss out as he is on international duty with the United States. Tony Taylor and George John miss out through injury while Josh Williams, Javier Calle, Ned Grabavoy, and RJ Allen are questionable after missing last week’s match.

4-4-2

GK: Saunders

Back Four: Brovsky, Hernandez, Wingert, Facey

Midfield: VelasquezJacobson, Ballouchy, Shelton

Forwards: Villa, Nemec

They will look to start off attacking minded which could see Shelton, if he gets into the starting eleven, drifting up top and making the formation look more like a 4-3-3. With Diskerud on International duty, I believe there isn’t a more promising option than Shelton to replace him as the 21 year old would add pace and width to a side in desperate need of goals and points.

Philadelphia Union predicted lineup:

Aristeguieta exited Wednesday’s game against Columbus early so he will likely miss out on Saturday. Andre Blake and Michael Lahoud miss out through injury while Steven Vitoria, Connor Casey, and Antoine Hoppenot are questionable.

4-2-3-1

GK: Sylvestre

Back Four: Fabinho, Marquez, Edu, Williams

Defensive Midfield: Carroll, Noguiera

Attacking Midfield: Wenger, Maidana, Le Toux

Forward: Sapong

The last match between the two sides was decided by a late goal and it wouldn’t be surprising to see a similar situation when NYCFC and the Philadelphia Union face each other for the third time this season on Saturday at PPL Park.