New England aim to keep fine run going with first win at Philadelphia

New England Revolution travel to PPL Park on Saturday night to face the Philadelphia Union for the second time this season and will looking for their fourth consecutive win.

The Union will be in better spirits following their impressive 2-1 win at Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night, but will have to slow down a New England attack that put five past Seattle last weekend.

The Revs can go top of the Eastern Conference with a win, while Philadelphia who sit in seventh, can continue to climb the table with a victory.

It’s the second meeting this season between the sides, with Philadelphia winning 1-0 back in March on home soil, courtesy of a Sebastien Le Toux goal. New England have never won at PPL Park but will fancy their chances of changing that tomorrow.

The Union desperately needed the three points they got on Wednesday night, as they were on a nine-game winless streak heading into the game in Kansas City, and that result will take heaps of pressure off the team.

Though they will still look to build on that win in front of their own fans as they look for what would be just their third win of the campaign.

Maurice Edu will not be available once again, as he is now with the USMNT at training camp in Stanford, while Danny Cruz will hope to keep his place in the side after such a strong showing against Kansas City.

New England are arguably the hottest team in Major League Soccer at this moment in time, and they shocked the league by beating the Sounders 5-0 last weekend, in a dominant counter-attacking display.

This will be a different game, as Philly will sit and absorb the pressure, restricting the Revs chances of hitting them on the counter-attack, and they will need to be patient to break them down.

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(Photo: Lee Nguyen will need to be as influential as he has been in recent weeks)

New England are unbeaten in their past five, and have picked up thirteen points from a possible fifteen in that time.

Rookie, Patrick Mullins will look to add his third goal in as many weeks, while Diego Fagundez and Teal Bunbury will hope to pick up where they left off in last week’s demolition of Seattle.

In the earlier meeting, Philadelphia were good value for their win and dominated possession on that occasion, but with the in-form Lee Nguyen pulling the strings for the Revs, expect this to be a balanced game.

Philadelphia Union host New England Revolution on Saturday night at midnight (UK Time).


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