Competition: Major League Soccer – Colorado Rapids vs. New England Revolution
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Saturday, April 4th – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: Colorado 7/5 – Draw 11/5 – New England 19/10
With the 0-0 draw at Houston last week, Colorado became the only team in MLS history to record three consecutive scoreless draws to start a season. But is that as bad as it sounds?
Well considering they are a side that hasn’t scored or conceded a goal, they certainly need to improve their end product when attacking.Embed from Getty Images
They do however remain one of only four sides to be unbeaten so far. But they are the only team of those four not to register a win as yet and need to start looking for victories.
New England have endured an indifferent start to this campaign and not many would have predicted that the Revs would have only won one of their first four coming into the campaign.
However, with the return of key men Jermaine Jones and Teal Bunbury nearing closer, it seems New England could be back to the side we saw make the MLS Cup final last season.
But they still have a lot to do and the loss of star centre back AJ Soares has been huge. With the Revs lacking strength at the back so far. They currently have the worst goal difference in MLS (-4) and need to find a solid level of performance if they are to remain a force.Embed from Getty Images
All that being said, they are last season’s MLS Cup runners-up and should return to form very soon. They will see this as a winnable game and travel to Colorado to take on a Rapids side that hasn’t found the net in 510 minutes.
New England have not won in Colorado since 2002 though and the Rapids can take great confidence from the fact that the Revs have never won at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Colorado will be without Drew Moor once again as he remains a long-term absentee. Martin Hairston is a doubt but should be available. Axel Sjoberg, Carlos Alvarez and Dillon Serna are all doubtful after missing the Houston game last weekend.Embed from Getty Images
New England duo Jermaine Jones and Teal Bunbury are being monitored day-to-day but are still doubtful. Kevin Alston is also a doubt but is expected to be available. Juan Agudelo could once again play on the right wing if Charlie Davies is preferred up front.
Colorado Rapids’ form: D/D/D
New England Revolution’s form: L/L/D/W
Key Stat: Colorado has failed to score in their last five matches in MLS.
Key Player: Lee Nguyen – The result of this tie depends on if the Revolution can continue to get Nguyen the ball. If they do he can cause havoc.
Colorado Rapids 0-1 New England Revolution – Based on form this has 0-0 written all over it but the Revs could just edge it and will be looking for a first win in Colorado for 13 years.