US Open Cup Betting Preview: Why at least three goals looks likely when Philadelphia face Kansas

Goals have been plentiful in matches involving these sides over the last few weeks, and Phil Kitromilides can see at least three being scored on Wednesday
After a fairly turbulent start to the season, Philadelphia have hit some form recently, with four wins from their last five matches.

Bet365 offer odds of 17/10 (2.70) on them continuing their winning run, and the Union will fancy their chances of using the Open Cup to maintain their momentum.

However, Sporting Kansas City currently sit second in the Eastern Conference table - with the tightest defence in the division - and should provide fairly stern opposition on Wednesday, with Bet365 pricing them at 6/4 (2.50) to claim victory.

The recent MLS match between the two sides at the end of June saw Philadephia claim a comfortable if unexpected 4-0 win at home. That result was indicative of how unpredictable the team from Kansas City have been recently, with their last six matches producing two wins, two defeats and two draws.

Yet, there is one area where Sporting KC have shown some consistency and that is in being involved in high-scoring games away from home.

Five of their last seven away matches have all seen over 2.5 goals and with the Open Cup offering a chance for teams to go out and express themselves without the pressures of the league, there may well be goals.

The price of 23/20 (2.15) is tempting, and becomes close to irresistible when you consider that Philadelphia have been in free-scoring form of late, with seven of their last eight games all seeing over 2.5 goals.

For an interesting and potentially lucrative value bet, consider investing in Philadelphia in the half-time/full-time market available at the attractive price of 7/2 (4.50). This bet paid out the last time the sides met a couple of weeks ago and has paid out in at least three of the Union's last four wins.

Over 2.5 goals at 23/20 (2.15) with Bet365
Philadelphia half time/full time at 7/2 (4.50) with Bet365

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.