Our prediction for this MLS match:
Columbus Crew begin the title defence with a match against Philadelphia Union at their MAPFRE Stadium. The reigning champions in the CONCACAF Champions League clash against Esteli, with Gyasi Zardes scoring a brace. The 29-year-old is likely to prove a handful for Philadelphia defenders, but Sunday’s game will be anything but a walk in the park for the home team.
The U did well to beat Sarprissa of Costa Rica in the Champions League last 16, first leg, with Poland international Kacper Przeybylko scoring the only game of the match. The former Kaiserslautern man is likely to pose a big threat to the opposition defenders, but given Columbus’ display in the 4-0 crushing of Esteli, we believe that punters can find value in betting on the defending champions. You should know that Columbus are eyeing their fourth consecutive win over Philadelphia.
Highlighted Player (Fanendo Adi):
After spending his youth career at Lagos Islanders and Union Bank, Fanendo Adi moved to Trencic of Slovakia in 2009. The Nigeria international played for the likes of Metalurh Donetsk, Dynamo Kiev, Tavriya Simferopol, Copenhagen and Portland Timbers as well before joining FC Cincinnati.
Adi was born in Lagos (Nigeria) on October 10, 1990 and he has two caps for the Nigeria U23 national team. However, he has yet to make his debut for the senior team. The Cincinnati forward was called up to the senior squad in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, but he did not see any game action. Fanendo Adi made his MLS debut for Cincinnati on March 3, 2019 in a 4-1 loss to Seattle Sounders.
His main position is centre forward and his preferred foot is right. His biggest success is winning of the 2015 MLS Cup where Portland Timbers defeated Columbus Crew 2-1 in the title game.