Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. New England Revolution
Venue: Yankee Stadium – Sunday, March 15 – 17:00 ET (21:00 GMT – Live on Sky Sports 1)
Match Odds: New York City 11/10 – Draw 23/10 – New England 5/2
Both sides will see this as a must win. New York will want their first home game to be a memorable one, while New England needs to get back on track after a 3-0 opening loss to Seattle last weekend.
New York City picked up a point last week and would have had all three had it not been for a late deflected Kaka free-kick. So they will be confident of picking up the points in this one.Embed from Getty Images
If they are to win, they need their strikers David Villa and Adam Nemec to be on the same wavelength after they were both disappointing in Orlando. Nemec failed to impress but should be given another start as Jason Kreis will want him to form a good partnership with Villa.
New England are bottom of the MLS ladder at this early stage, but we can’t see that lasting long. They were missing key players Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones last week, and the Revs will be hoping the former returns on Sunday.
With 20 goals last term, Nguyen was a front-runner for the MLS MVP award. And they will need his ability on Sunday to beat New York keeper Josh Saunders who was exceptional last weekend.Embed from Getty Images
The Sounders undid the Revs with ease and New England need stability after losing defensive leader AJ Soares in the offseason. But this is the perfect opportunity to turn the tide. Juan Agudelo will be key if they do win.
This is certainly one to watch this weekend!
New York City FC: We’re expecting the same starting line-up from the Orlando game. However, Khiry Shelton could be called upon after impressing in preseason and in his short time on the field last week. Ryan Meara is nearing a return, but George John is still out. Both have knee injuries.
New England Revolution: Teal Bunbury is a major doubt with a shoulder sprain. Lee Nguyen is still a doubt but should be passed fit to play. Jermaine Jones is still a minimum of two weeks away from action recovering from a hernia operation. Andrew Farrell will start at centre-back once again with Kevin Alston at right-back.
New York City FC’s form: D
New England Revolution’s form: L
Key Stat: Mix Diskerud had a pass completion rate of 94% in the draw at Orlando last weekend. Incredible.Embed from Getty Images
Key Player: David Villa – The Spanish World Cup winner is the star man for New York City and the home fans will be expecting magic. We expect the same.
New York City FC 1-1 New England Revolution – This might only be the second game of the season but there is a lot of pressure on both sides going into this one. Neither will want to suffer defeat and an entertaining draw looks the most likely result.