San Jose Earthquakes will look to snap their three-game skid when they host Philadelphia Union in a crunch Major League Soccer regular season match at Avaya Stadium.
Those three defeats have allowed rivals to cover some ground in the race for the playoffs. Though, their post-season destiny hangs firmly in their own hands, for wins will keep them well and truly in the top-seven in the Western Conference.
No such problems are faced by Philadelphia Unions as they sit comfortably at 3rd and with a post-season ticket in the pocket.
But their current form is a big cause for concern for manager Jim Curtin. Philadelphia have won just six times in the last 15 regular-season games, allowing New York City to create a six points gap at the top.
The Major League Soccer match will be played between San Jose and Philadelphia at Avaya Stadium, in San Jose, California. The ground has a capacity of 18,000.
The game will start at 08:30 AM (IST), on Saturday, August 20.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
San Jose – L W W L L L
Philadelphia – W L W W D L
San Jose Team News:
Though San Jose have no injury issues ahead of this game, they will still be without two key players for the home clash against Philadelphia Union.
Cristian Espinoza and Chris Wondolowski both were sent off during San Jose's 1-3 defeat on the road against Atlanta United. Therefore, the duo is out of contention due to their suspension.
Expect only a few changes:
Despite the 1-3 loss against Atlanta United, head coach Matías Almeyda is expected to go with more or less the same playing 11 which started the last game.
That said, Espinoza and Wondolowskithe are suspended and need replacement.
We back Shea Salinas and Danny Hoesen to get a place in the playing 11 here.
San Jose Probable XI:
Daniel Vega (GK), Nick Lima, Florian Jungwirth, Guram Kashia, Tommy Thompson, Judson, Jackson Yueill, Shea Salinas, Valeri Qazaishvili, Magnus Erikson, Danny Hoesen
Philadelphia FC Team News:
Mark McKenzie suffered was taken off 15 minutes before the 90 minutes, after he complained of a tightness in his hamstring. But the scans later revealed that it was just swelling in his muscle and the 20-year-old could be back even for the weekend game. But he is definitely out of this match.
In addition, Sergio Santos is out with a hamstring problem for the next couple of weeks, while Matt Freese is a long-term absentee.
Aurelien Collin will be partnering Jack Elliott at the back.
Philadelphia Probable XI:
Andre Blake (GK), Raymon Gaddis, Jack Elliott, Aurelien Collin, Kai Wagner, Alejandro Bedoya, Haris Medunjanin, Fabrice-Jean Picault, Jamiro Monteiro, Brenden Aaronson, Kacper Przybylko
Likely to score:
SJ vs PU Dream11 potential winner:
Philadelphia should at least get a draw here.