Charlotte vs Philadelphia Union Match Analysis & Prediction
21/09/2023 2:30 am
Charlotte FC are set to face Philadelphia Union at the Bank of America Stadium in MLS action on Thursday morning.
It is a match between two sides in the Eastern Conference, with the hosts sitting in 11th place before kickoff, while the visitors are up in fourth.
Charlotte have not had the best of seasons, having taken 32 points from 227 matches so far, but they remain firmly in the mix for the playoffs, as they are just three points behind ninth-placed DC United, with two games in hand.
The main reason this team have been unable to compete higher up the table is because they have drawn far too many matches so far this season, with eight of their last 10 MLS games finishing all-square, including each of their last three.
On a positive note, Christian Lattanzio’s side are difficult to beat, and they remain unbeaten since the MLS season resumed, winning one and drawing three of their four matches since reaching the quarter-final of the Leagues Cup.
Last time out, Charlotte were held to a goalless draw against DC United, in a game with very few clear-cut chances, but there are positives to take from their two previous matches, posting draws against Nashville SC and second-placed Orlando City.
It has been a solid campaign for Philadelphia, having taken 47 points from 27 matches, which means they are 11 points behind league-leaders FC Cincinnati, with a game in hand at their disposal.
As the MLS season approaches its conclusion, Jim Curtin’s side are in a very strong position to qualify for the playoffs, and they have put in some promising performances over the past few weeks, winning two, drawing one and losing one of their last four games.
The Union appeared very impressive in a 4-1 victory over New York Red Bulls at the beginning of September, and they managed to hold Cincinnati to a 2-2 draw at Subaru Park in their last match, but they will be disappointed to have surrendered a two-goal lead.
Charlotte vs. Philadelphia Union Head to head
In the three previous meetings between these two teams, Charlotte have claimed one victory while Philadelphia Union have won two.
Charlotte Team News
The only Charlotte player missing through injury is defender Hamady Diop, who has been a long-term absentee for the hosts, but Lattanzio otherwise has a fully-fit squad to choose from on Wednesday.
Enzo Copetti has now returned from an eight-game injury layoff, scoring on his return against Orlando City last month, and he is set to lead the line, with Karol Swiderski likely to support from attacking midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Charlotte's Last 5 Matches
12/08/2023Inter Miami4Charlotte0Leagues Cup
Philadelphia Union Team News
Leon Flach is still sidelined with injury, having played no part in Philadelphia Union’s last two matches, meaning Jose Martinez should keep his place in midfield in what could be a 3-4-1-2 formation.
Curtin will be forced into a change in defence, as Jack Elliott was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in the last game, meaning Olivier Mbaizo could come into the starting lineup.
Philadelphia Union's Last 5 Matches
20/08/2023Philadelphia Union3Monterrey0Leagues Cup
27/08/2023DC United1Philadelphia Union3MLS
04/09/2023Philadelphia Union4New York RB1MLS
Charlotte vs. Philadelphia Union: Odds and Predictions
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