Philadelphia Union host CF Montreal on Saturday night


The Philadelphia Union experience yet another quick turnaround in their Major League Soccer campaign to face CF Montreal on Saturday night.

Both teams are playing their second game in four days. The Union beat New York City FC, 1-0, on Wednesday, while the Canadian side played to a scoreless draw with FC Cincinnati.

Saturday's match coverage on The Gambler kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Union Pregame Show presented by DraftKings Sportsbook with Jon Jansen and Joe Tansey. Dave Leno and Danny Higginbotham are on the game call at 8 p.m. ET. Kevin Kinkead joins Jansen and Tansey for the Postgame Show after the final whistle.

Philadelphia will play its sixth game in August across all competitions on Saturday. It won both of the home matches in that span. and most importantly, it produced a clean sheet in each of those victories.

Montreal does not pose the same goal-scoring threat as NYCFC. It is tied with the Union for the fewest goals scored among the Eastern Conference's top seven teams with 26 tallies.

The major difference between the two sides is in goals conceded. The Union are tied with NYCFC for the fewest concessions, while Montreal let in 25 goals and owns a goal differential of +1.

The visitors come into Subaru Park with one win in their last seven games. That victory came against the New York Red Bulls last Saturday. Montreal is 1-4-2 in that stretch and it allowed multiple goals to five of its opponents during that stretch.

That is a welcome sight for the Union, who created a single significant chance against NYCFC that resulted in Alejandro Bedoya's game-winning goal.

Jim Curtin's side is at full strength and we could see the debut of Matheus Davo since the two games this week are played in quick succession.

Davo has been acclimating himself into the group over the last two weeks, but he has not hit the field yet with Kacper Przybylko, Sergio Santos and Cory Burke in front of him on the depth chart.

Depth is once again the key word across the Union squad since they have five midfielders for four starting places now that Jamiro Monteiro is back in the fold.

Expect Monteiro to return to the starting XI on Saturday due to the quick turnaround and the high intensity of the NYCFC match.

Olivier Mbaizo should be back in the lineup as well after serving a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation. Alvas Powell played well in his absence.

Unlike Wednesday, the Union are viewed as the heavy favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. Philadelphia sits at -155 on the money line. Montreal is a +380 underdog. A draw pays out at +350.


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