Leagues Cup Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Monterrey Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Aug 19)
- Philadelphia Union hosts the Leagues Cup third-place game against Monterrey.
- Excluding the semifinals, both teams have been impressive so far in this tournament.
- Monterrey is second on the list of most valuable teams in the Mexican Liga MX.
Philadelphia Union vs. Monterey is the game for the third spot in the 2023 Leagues Cup. It’s taking place at Subaru Park in Chester, PA, on Friday evening. Philly is great at home, with only two losses at Subaru Park in 2023, and one of those happened against Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami last Tuesday.
This is why the hosts have every right to hope for a good result on Saturday but keep in mind that Monterrey is one very tough opponent. After all, this is the second-most valuable team in Mexico.
How to Watch
- When: Saturday, August 19, 2023, at 6:00 p.m ET
- Where: Subaru Park, Chester, Pennsylvania
- How to Watch: Apple TV
Philadelphia Union did very well in the 2023 Leagues Cup until the semifinal. That’s where they just couldn’t handle Inter Miami – Messi & Co. destroyed them 4-1.
But before that loss, Philly put on a couple of decent performances. Daniel Gazdag has been their midfield commander, who’s been in charge of organizing this team’s attacks. However, it’s the defense they’ve been surprisingly good at. With the exception of the Inter Miami game, these guys did great at the back in every game.
The big question is whether they can do well defensively against such a great team as Monterrey. “Rayados” are the former Liga MX champs who have a fantastic roster. They started the 2023 Leagues Cup in top gear and were considered one of the dark horses for winning the trophy.
In fact, they even entered the semifinal game against Nashville SC as the favorites. However, they just couldn’t get on target in that game. Despite making 21 goal attempts and keeping the ball in their possession for almost two-thirds of the time, they ended up losing 2-0.
Philadelphia Union vs. Monterrey Prediction
Philly will be boosted by the home crowd support, while Monterrey will be motivated by the fact that this team is defending the honor of Mexican soccer. That said, we expect to see a real thriller at Subaru Park on Saturday. But which of these two will win third place in the 2023 Leagues Cup? We think it’s going to be Monterrey. It’s just that the Mexican team has a way better roster than the Union.