Los Angeles FC vs Philadelphia Union Betting LA 1 Goal Margin – 9th March 2020

Union not defensively strong enough to handle trip to California

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United StatesLos Angeles FC vs Philadelphia UnionUnited States
9th March 0230hrs
Football – USA – MLS
Pick LA 1 Goal Winning Margin
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: 3/1 odds taken 0620 GMT Saturday, 7th March

This will be the final action from the second round of action in the new season of the MLS. Los Angeles FC will be looking to build on their opening win. Philadelphia will be looking to get their first points of the new campaign on the board.

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LA can claim a second victory

Los Angeles FC opened the new season with a win last weekend. They were on home turf, hosting MLS debutants Inter Miami. LA’s Carlos Vela got the only goal of the game just before the half time break for the home side.

LA FC are missing both Adama Diomande and Bradley Wright-Philips in the attack, but are running as odds-on favourites in MLS betting to win this game. That’s because of their immense home form.

Los Angeles FC have suffered only the two defeats in their last 20 home matches. That’s a pretty formidable record. The two teams have only met once before in California. That was in 2018 when Los Angeles FC picked up a 4-1 victory.

Last season’s meeting in Philadelphia (Los Angeles FC and Philadelphia are in different conferences and only meet once per season) ended in a 1-1 draw. Vela got the goal against the Union last season.

Our betting prediction:

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(odds taken 0620 GMT Saturday, 7th March)

Los Angeles FC topped the Western Conference last season by a country mile and are going to be one of the ones to beat again in this campaign. This is the second of three games that they start the season with at home.


Can Union shake off a disappointing start?

Philadelphia Union will have been disappointed with their opening steps in the 2020 MLS season. They made the trip down to Texas to face Dallas and left empty-handed after a 2-0 loss.

Union finished third in the 2019 Easter Conference, but never looked to have a settled defence at any point. What may deter punters from backing them will be some poor away form in the division.

They have failed to score in five of their last six road games in the MLS and taking that a little further, they have lost all but one of their last six road games in the league.

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So their defeat at Dallas last weekend did extend a poor trend that they are on in their travels. Home and away combined in the MLS, the Union have also shipped at least two goals in each of their last five fixtures.

So there are clear vulnerabilities there with them. Both of the goals that they conceded last weekend in Texas went against them in the second half of the game.


Los Angeles FC vs Philadelphia Union Betting Advice

The home win looks something of a surefire option in this one. LA are so hard to beat in their own backyard and they should have the quality in attack to pick apart the defence of the Union.


Key Facts – Los Angeles FC vs Philadelphia Union Betting Tip

  • Los Angeles FC are unbeaten in 18 of their last 20 MLS home games
  • Los Angeles FC beat Inter Miami last weekend
  • Philadelphia Union open their campaign with a loss in Dallas


Union will have been happy with their 0-0 half time standing at Dallas last weekend, but they had little to offer after the break. Given their streak of losses on the road in the MLS they don’t look reliable.

The home win by Los Angeles FC is the pick for this one, but perhaps only by the one-goal margin as they did labour a little bit last weekend against Miami, showing a bit of early-season rust.


The best betting odds for Los Angeles FC vs Philadelphia Union

Los Angeles FC to win: 4/9 at Bet365
Draw: 7/2 at Bet365
Philadelphia Union: 11/2 at Bet365

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