Playoff Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls

New York Red Bulls travel to New England Revolution for the second-leg of the Eastern Conference Final. The Revs hold the advantage after netting two away goals in the 2-1 win at Red Bull Arena in the first-leg on Sunday night.

The Red Bulls suffered their first defeat of the season to New England on Sunday night as they dominated the game, but couldn’t find the net more than once.

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Bradley Wright-Phillips scored New York’s goal in what was his 32nd of the year but the Red Bulls will be without the MLS top goalscorer for the second-leg as he picked up a yellow card which rules him out.

The first-leg was intense, exciting and full of chances for both sides. Ten yellow cards were issued and we will likely see an equally high-tempered affair at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

New England’s 2014 home record: Played 18 – Won 12 – Drawn 2 – Lost 4

New York need to score at least twice to advance to their first MLS Cup final since 2008 but that will be no easy task, especially without Wright-Phillips.

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New England have won their last seven home games and could have over 30,000 fans in attendance to try and help the Revs reach their first title game since 2007. They have not conceded more than one goal at home since July – a run of nine games.

New York’s 2014 away record: Played 18 – Won 3 – Drawn 7 – Lost 8

Thierry Henry has declared that he will play on the artificial turf at Gillette Stadium for the first time in his career in what could be his final game for the Red Bulls. The absence of Wright-Phillips may see Henry pushed into a more central position, and he will look to be the difference-maker.

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The Red Bulls won 2-0 in New England earlier in the regular season. The same result would see them through but the Revs didn’t have Jermaine Jones then, and he proved to be the difference once again on Sunday – scoring the winner at Red Bull Arena.

It should be an exciting game, full of drama and both sides will be looking to attack from the offset. The Red Bulls need goals, while New England will undoubtedly look to put the game at bed as early as possible in front of a huge crowd.

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Both sides are looking to win their first ever MLS Cup title and they are just one game away from the grand finale now, but only one can progress.

Key Player: Lloyd Sam – The Red Bulls winger will look to create chances from the right side at every opportunity and he needs bodies to aim at in the box with Wright-Phillips out.

Key Stat: There have been five red cards in the last six games between these two at Gillette Stadium. One here could turn the tie.

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

New York Red Bull’s last five: W/W/W/L/L

Score Prediction: 1-1 – A tense but open game should see both sides score, but the Revs’ two away goals will prove decisive come the final whistle.

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