Deportivo Saprissa and Philadelphia Union face each other today at the Ricardo Saprissa Aymá stadium to begin the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16-tie. The Costa Rican side is currently taking part in the local league, while the visitors will be playing their first game of the year. Here, take a look at the match information, storylines, predictions, odds, and how to watch the game in the US.
The hosts have been struggling in the domestic competition so far. The team coached by Roy Myers holds a terrible winless streak, which they need to overcome soon. Still, a couple of months ago, the 'Purple Monster' reached the CONCACAF League final, in which they lost against Alajuelense.
The MLS team, on the other hand, prepares to return to action after some months since the end of the season in the US' top division. While the 2021 tournament hasn't begun yet, the Concachampions will bring the first challenge of the year for Jim Curtin's squad.
Deportivo Saprissa vs Philadelphia Union: Match Information
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Time: 6 PM (ET)
Location: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica
Deportivo Saprissa vs Philadelphia Union: Time by State in the US
ET: 6 PM
CT: 5 PM
MT: 4 PM
PT: 3 PM
Deportivo Saprissa vs Philadelphia Union: Storylines
Saprissa are going through difficult times in Costa Rican soccer. The local giants have not been performing well so far, and they carry seven consecutive games without wins. The boss Roy Myers couldn't change the team's fortunes following Walter Centeno's departure, and 'The Purple Monster' are seeking a quick recovery. Their form is far from being great, but they may have reasons to be confident for this game.
They are in the middle of the season, having competition almost every weekend, unlike their next oponnent. Philadelphia Union lacks that playing time, as they just played a handful of friendlies in 2021. The MLS season didn't get underway yet, so this one will be their first task of the year.
'The U', however, will be back on the pitch after recording an unforgettable campaign in 2020. They secured the Supporters' Shield trophy by finishing with the best record in the MLS regular season, although they were knocked out in the Conference Quarterfinals later. Can they kick off their soccer year with a victory at Costa Rica?
How to watch or live stream Deportivo Saprissa vs Philadelphia Union in the US
The first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 game to be played between Deportivo Saprissa and Philadelphia Union will be broadcasted in the US by TUDN.com, Foxsports.com, TUDN App, Fox Sports 1, and TUDN USA.
Deportivo Saprissa vs Philadelphia Union: Predictions and Odds
Bookmakers have made their predictions, which are in favor of the hosts. FanDuel has given odds of -125 to Deportivo Saprissa, while a victory of Philadelphia Union has odds of +270. A tie would result in a +270 payout as well.
* Odds via FanDuel.