Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs San Jose Earthquakes
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, March 28 – 15:00 ET (19:00 GMT)
Match Odds: New England Revolution 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – San Jose Earthquakes 3/1
San Jose Earthquakes, by contrast, have had a great start, picking up two wins on the bounce and have responded well following their opening day defeat to FC Dallas.
The Quakes have scored five goals in their last two games, including three in an excellent away win against the Seattle Sounders two weeks ago.Embed from Getty Images
New England are on a poor run of form after a 3-0 drubbing on the opening day against Seattle Sounders followed by a 2-0 defeat to New York City FC.
The Revs took a point from a Montreal Impact side that played with ten men for the final 30 minutes last time out, and they’ve really struggled to hit the back of the net.
New England can take confidence from the fact that they’ve beaten San Jose in their last two meetings though, and a win is much needed in order to take some pressure off head coach Jay Heaps.Embed from Getty Images
San Jose Earthquakes are in a rich vein of form and are currently second in the Western Conference, level on points with the Vancouver Whitecaps going into this weekend’s fixtures.
The Quakes will fancy their chances over a vulnerable New England side that are languishing in ninth place in the Eastern Conference above only Chicago Fire – the side that San Jose beat 2-1 last weekend.
New England Revolution will still be without influential midfielder Jermaine Jones who is recovering from his hernia surgery. Donnie Smith and Kevin Alston are both unavailable while Teal Bunbury remains a doubt. Playmaker Lee Nguyen has question marks over whether he will play.Embed from Getty Images
As for San Jose Earthquakes, Mark Sherrod remains out with a knee injury, as does Steven Lenhart. Defender Paulo Renato is out with a hamstring injury. Fatai Alashe will miss out as he is with the US U23 squad while Tommy Thompson is with the U20 side.
New England Revolution’s form: L/L/D
San Jose Earthquakes’ form: L/W/W
Key Stat: New England Revolution are unbeaten in their last 11 Major League Soccer games at Gillette Stadium.
Key Player: Ty Harden – The Quakes defender notched a goal and an assist against Chicago last weekend and will look to build on that performance this weekend.
New England Revolution 1-3 San Jose Earthquakes – New England will break their goalscoring duck, but the Quakes are in good form and will pick up another three points away from home this week.