Philadelphia Union vs New York City prediction and betting tips (December 5)
New York City seek the spot for their first-ever MLS Cup final as they face Philadelphia Union in the Conference final. Who will make it to the AUDI 2021 MLS Cup final? Philadelphia or NYCFC?
Santiago Rodriguez (NYCFC) dropped a man of the match performance recently
Santiago Rodriguez (NYCFC) dropped a man of the match performance recently
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

Philadelphia Union and New York City square off in the Eastern Conference final on Sunday.

The match is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, 5 December 2021. The game time by GMT is 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 5. The match venue is Subaru Park, Chester, Pennsylvania.

Let’s check out the latest betting odds, key stats, team news and projected starting lineups. Betting tips and match predictions for the Philadelphia Union vs New York City (December 5) game are analyzed below in this article.

Philadelphia Union vs New York City (December 5) latest betting odds

Philadelphia Union to win is priced at 2.70 (+170 American; 17/10), a draw is priced at 3.10 (+210; 21/10), while New York City to win is priced at 2.75 (+175; 7/4).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Philadelphia Union — 35%, draw — 31%, New York City — 34%.

Latest betting odds on Philadelphia Union vs New York City (5 December 2021):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 2.12 (+112; 28/25)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.71 (-140; 5/7)
  • Asian handicap (-0.25) on Philadelphia Union — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)
  • Asian handicap (+0.25) on New York City — 1.64 (-156; 25/39)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.86 (-116; 25/29)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.88 (-112; 25/28)

Philadelphia Union vs New York City (December 5) match preview and statistics

The Philadelphia Union beat Nashville SC 2-0 on penalties after a 1-1 draw (AET) to advance to the Eastern Conference final. The Union beat NY Red Bulls 1-0 in their first knockout game. They are unbeaten in their last six games with three wins and three draws.

Hany Mukhtar opened the scoring in the 38th minute of the first half with a header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Eric Miller with a cross. Daniel Gazdag equalized on the stroke of half-time with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Jack Elliott and Jack McGlynn were the only players that converted their penalties in the shootout. Team statistics: 50% possession, 76% pass accuracy, 24 total shots, 12 chances created, one big chance, 397 accurate passes, 2.00 xG, 16 fouls conceded, 11 corners, one offside.

Philadelphia Union team news: Olivier Mbaizo is unavailable due to Covid-19.

The New York City FC eliminated the New England 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw (AET) to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. NYCFC beat AtalantaI United in their previous knockout match.

Santiago Rodriguez opened the scoring two minutes into the game with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner, assisted by Tayvon Gray with a cross. Adam Buksa levelled the scores six minutes later with a header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Carles Gil with a cross following a set piece situation. It was a quick start from both teams, they scored in the first set of minutes.

The scores remained the same till the extra time. In the 108th minute of the extra-time, Valentin Castellanos restored the Blues’ lead with a header from the centre of the box to the top right corner, assisted by Gudmundur Thorarinsson with a cross. A few minutes after scoring, Castellanos received a second yellow for a bad foul and was sent off.

Tajon Buchanan scored the equalizer in the 117th minute with a right footed shot from the right side of the six-yard box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Emmanuel Boateng with a cross. In the shootout, New England converted three and missed one, while New York City converted all of their penalties to advance to the Conference final.

Team statistics: 57% possession, 80% pass accuracy, 16 total shots, 16 chances created, 483 accurate passes, 0.89 xG, 19 fouls conceded, four corners, two offsides.

New York City team news: Anton Tinnerholm and Keaton Parks are sidelined due to injuries, Valentin Castellanos is unavailable due to a red card suspension.

Philadelphia Union vs New York City H2H

Both teams have met three times this year, New York won one, the Union won one and drew one. They drew 1-1 in their last meeting. Kacper Pryzbylko and Valentin Castellanos were the goalscorers in the match.

Philadelphia Union vs New York City (December 5) key players and lineups

Philadelphia Union projected starting lineup:

  • Andre Blake
  • Alva Elvis Powell
  • Jakob Glesnes
  • Jack Elliott
  • Kai Wagner
  • Alejandro Bedoya
  • Jose Andres Martinez
  • Leon Flach
  • Daniel Gazdag
  • Jamiro Monteiro
  • Kacper Przybylko

The key player to watch out for is Daniel Gazdag. He has to turn up in this match like he did in the last match. Gazdag scored the equalizer before halftime, this goal helped the team to avoid elimination. Banking on him to get on the scoresheet in this game.

New York City projected starting lineup:

  • Sean Johnson
  • Tayvon Gray
  • Maxime Chanot
  • Alexander Callens
  • Malte Amundsen
  • Alfredo Morales
  • James Sands
  • Jesus Medina
  • Maxi Moralez
  • Santiago Rodriguez
  • Ismael Tajouri-Shradi

Santiago Rodriguez is the key player to watch out for. He dropped a man of the match performance in their last game, created four chances, six total shots, three shots on target, four key passes, and scored a goal in the match. Castellanos being out is a big blow to them, which means Rodriguez has to get on the scoresheet to increase their chances.

Philadelphia Union vs New York City (December 5) betting tips and prediction

Philadelphia Union and New York City are a match when you compare their top stats. They drew 1-1 in their last meeting. The Blues are searching for the ticket to their first-ever MLS Cup spot in this game. The suspension of the Castellanos will affect the team but they should work away around it. Prediction is for both teams to score.

Betting prediction: Both teams to score (Yes)

Odds: 1.86 (-116 American; 25/29 Fractional)

Football USA MLS . Eastern Conference final
Philadelphia Union — New York City
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