Nashville SC and Philadelphia Union had two of the best seasons in the Eastern Conference, finishing in the top three. Now, the two are set to meet in the MLS Cup Playoffs on Sunday afternoon in Pennsylvania.
Both teams finished with 54 points in the regular season, making for an even playoff matchup. Neither team has won the MLS Cup before, but a win on Sunday makes the ultimate goal more likely.
Here’s what you need to know about the second round playoff fixture in the Eastern Conference...
What TV channel is Philadelphia Union vs Nashville SC on?
When is kick off? Sunday, November 28th, 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Where is the match being played? Subaru Park, Chester, Pennsylvania
What TV channel is it on? ESPN, ESPN Deportes
What streaming is it on? ESPN App
Philadelphia Union team news
The Union, the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference, defeated rival New York Red Bulls 1-0 thanks to a winner in the 123rd minute from Jakob Glesnes.
A similar, low-scoring match could be on the horizon against Nashville as both teams pride themselves on their defense.
“It’s two teams who are more defensive-minded, everyone sees the strength of Nashville,” left-back Kai Wagner said. “They stay defensively really, really good, they defend with seven guys versus three guys. We just have to win all of our duels and that will be the key to the game.”
Jamiro Monteiro and Olivier Mbaizo missed the match against New York due to health and safety protocols, according to a statement from the club. The players are expected to return for the match against Nashville.
Nashville SC team news
Nashville defeated Orlando City in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs, 3-1 at Nissan Stadium on Tuesday. It was a familiar scene for the Boys in Gold as Hany Mukhtar scored the go-ahead goal for the team in the 74th minute, putting them ahead 2-1.
Mukhtar’s reputation for shining when the lights are brightest held up in the team’s first playoff match.
“You want your big players to turn up on the big occasions,” head coach Gary Smith said about Mukhtar. “And he’s done that.”
Philadelphia Union vs Nashville SC predicted lineups
Philadelphia: Blake; Wagner, Glesnes, Elliott, Powell; Bedoya, Andres Martinez, Flach; Gazdag, Przybylko, Santos
Nashville: Willis; Zimmerman, Miller, Maher, Lovitz; Godoy, McCarty, Leal, Johnston; Mukhtar, Sapong
Philadelphia Union vs Nashville SC head to head record
Since Nashville SC joined MLS in 2020, the two have split the all-time series at 1-1-0, with both meetings coming in 2021. Nashville SC won the first ever meeting on July 3rd in Nashville, 1-0. The Union won the second meeting of the season, 1-0 in Philadelphia on October 23rd.
Philadelphia Union vs Nashville SC score prediction
Both teams have been prone to play low-scoring, defensive affairs all season long, and this postseason matchup should be no exception.
With both previous meetings ending 1-0, in addition to even point totals at the end of the season, these two teams are incredibly evenly matched. Nashville SC’s offensive attack woke up in a 3-1 win over Orlando City, and with both teams so strong on defense, Nashville’s new found offensive firepower should be enough to bring home a win for the Boys in Gold.
Prediction: Philadelphia Union 0-1 Nashville SC