Defender Sergio Campbell and midfielder Wil Trapp are game-time decisions for the Columbus Crew, the former looking most likely to play as Trapp recovers from concussion like symptoms.Philly midfielder Eric Bird and forward Antoine Hoppenot are out for the match while striker Fernando Aristeguieta and midfielder Vincent Nogueira are game-time decisions for the Union, Nogueira of which miss last week's match and mid-week training.
Columbus are off to a decent start. 2-2-2 with 8 points in 6 games has them planted in 4th place and looking to better their 5th place and 1st round loss in the playoffs last season. The Union are struggling. Their 3 draws and only 1 win over NYCFC has come alongside 4 losses, meaning the Union sit in 8th having played more games than any other Easter Conference club and tied with Vancouver for having already played more games than any other MLS outfit. Their disastrous goalkeeping situation with M'bhoni, who has now been sent back to France, has let them down in the early parts of the season much as it did in the later stages of last year.
Columbus come into the game on a 3 game unbeaten streak having rolled Orlando City 3-0 in their last fixture. The Crew have also only lost 1 of their last 5 games, taking their 8 points in the process. Kei Kamara's 4 goals is tied for the leading scorer this season in MLS for Columbus. Columbus has also won the last 3 meeting between the sides.
In 12 all time meetings, the Union have only won 3 games, dropping another 8 to the Crew. Philadelphia have never beaten Columbus away, only managing a point in 6 trips to the Ohio based side.
Prediction: I don't see the Union taking anything from Columbus as the Crew are a bogey team for the side away from home.
Crew 2-0 Union