DC United vs Nashville SC Picks and Predictions: Home Woes Continue in Nation's Capital

D.C. United has struggled all year at home, and we're going to take advantage of that by backing Nashville on the moneyline at +200 on Saturday. Read more in our Nashville SC vs. DC United betting picks.

Last Updated: Jun 25, 2022 10:36 AM ET Read Time: 4 min
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Nashville SC travels to Audi Field for a tilt against D.C. United with a golden opportunity to climb into the top four in the Western Conference and distance themselves from the chasing pack.

D.C. United enters the match with the third-worst home record in the Eastern Conference, taking just 10 points from a possible 24. Their last home game ended with Toronto FC snatching a share of the spoils thanks to an 89th-minute Jonathan Osorio equalizer.

That point was only Toronto’s third point over the span of eight away contests. That home result doesn’t bode well, especially with Nashville, one of the league’s best away teams, set to invade Audi Field.

Here are our MLS picks and predictions for Nashville SC vs. D.C. United on Saturday, June 25. 

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DC United vs Nashville SC betting tips

Predictions made on 6/24/2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
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DC United vs Nashville SC game info

Location: Audi Field, Washington, DC
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022
Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN

DC United vs Nashville SC betting preview

Weather

Sizzling conditions are expected for Saturday’s contest in the nation’s capital, where it’s supposed to reach 31?C prior to kickoff.

Injuries

DC United: Moses Nyeman M (Out), Chris Odoi-Atsem D (Out), Adrien Perez F (Out), Bill Hamid GK (Doubtful), Russell Canouse M (Doubtful).
Nashville SC: Randall Leal M (Out), Teal Bunbury F (Out), Robert Castellanos D (Out).

DC United vs Nashville SC predictions

Our side and total predictions are based upon our analysis of the line and total in this game. Our best bet is our favorite pick across all markets.

Side analysis

Nashville SC, who started the season with eight consecutive away matches while awaiting completion of their new 30,000-seat soccer-specific stadium, have played just two on the road since April 23. Their last away game, a 3-1 victory over Colorado, went exceedingly well for Gary Smith’s side.

Three goals in the first 17 minutes saw the Coyotes vanquish the Western Conference’s third-best home team. Things didn’t follow that same script in their previous away encounter, with the Houston Dynamo prevailing 2-0. Despite winning only one of their last four away tilts, only the New York Red Bulls have more road points than Nashville SC.

That’s largely due to the fact that Nashville is played more away games than any other MLS side. Even so, managing 14 points from 10 away tests is still a solid return. Nashville SC hasn’t lost to D.C. United in three previous attempts and will leapfrog both the Galaxy and Dallas if the latter loses to Texas rival Austin on Saturday.

There was positive sentiment reverberating around Audi Field after interim head coach Chad Ashton won three of his first four matches in charge of D.C. United. Reality has truly set in since, with D.C. United winning just one of their last seven, a meaningless friendly against Guatemalan club Xelaju MC.

Ashton’s side tasted the most bitter of defeats in their last game, a 1-0 setback on the road to the Chicago Fire, who, prior to kickoff, were the league’s bottom feeders. D.C. United now shares that dubious distinction.

After two months of almost uninterrupted home cooking, Nashville SC will look forward to getting back on the road. What better place to break their miniature two-match winless streak than at Audi Field, where D.C. United has won just two of their last seven.

Look for Nashville to inflict more pain on Ashton and his struggling side. Nashville should come away with a two-goal victory and fortify their claim on a Western Conference playoff spot.

Prediction: Nashville moneyline (+200 at BetMGM)

Over/Under analysis

Even though Nashville doesn’t score bundles of goals (19 in 16 matches), six of their last eight matches have resulted in the over. Don’t let their inability to score in bunches deter you from backing the Over.

Seven of D.C. United’s 10 matches (excluding their recent friendly) with Ashton at the helm have also resulted in the Over cashing.

Prediction: Over 2.5 (-111 at BetMGM)

Best bet

Nashville has conceded at least a goal in six of their last eight contests, while D.C. United has scored in five out of eight MLS games under Ashton’s tutelage. Neither team has an airtight defense and with recent results favoring the Over, expect each side to score.

If you’re feeling bold, lock in a 2-1 Nashville victory.

Pick: Both teams to score and Nashville to win (+450 at BetMGM)

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