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Both sides have struggled to keep clean sheets in recent weeks and our tipster is expecting an open contest when the Zolos face the Crew at PPL Park

The race to qualify for MLS's final series intensifies this week and there is a crunch clash in the Eastern Conference when Philadelphia Union play host to Columbus Crew on Wednesday.

Columbus come into this match two points adrift of Philadelphia in the league table but the visitors have a game in hand and could take a big step towards securing a place in the final series should they emerge victorious from what looks likely to be an open and entertaining match.

John Hackworth’s hosts suffered a setback when they were held to a 1-1 draw against struggling Toronto at the weekend but the Zolos are chalked up as 6/5 (2.20) favourites with Paddy Power to bounce back in style by claiming all three points here.

The Crew, though, will travel to PPL Park with confidence having gone four matches without defeat in all competitions and Robert Warzycha’s side are available at 21/10 (3.10) with Paddy Power to enjoy a vital away win while the same firm also offer 21/10 (3.10) that the match ends in stalemate.

A low-scoring encounter is anticipated by the odds compilers here with Paddy Power going just 4/6 (1.67) that fewer than three goals are scored when these two sides meet.

However, it is worth noting that the Zolos have kept just two clean sheets in their last 12 outings while the Crew have conceded in 11 of their last 13 matches so the 11/10 (2.10) quote from Paddy Power for three or more goals to be scored is sure to attract support here.

The same firm offer a hugely appealing 4/5 (1.80) that both sides hit the net at PPL Park while the 10/11 (1.91) quote from Paddy Power that a goal is scored in both halves appears to represent decent value given the defensive deficiencies of both sides.

Backing goals could well prove to be the path to profit for punters in what looks to be an evenly-matched contest and the 4/5 (1.80) quote for both sides to score is the recommended play here.

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