Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, April 11th – 15:00 ET (20:00 BST)
Match Odds: New England 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Columbus 5/2
New England has recently regained a bit of form and is looking more like the team that finished runners-up in last season’s MLS Cup, after starting the new season without a win in their first three.
The Revs beat the Crew 7-3 on aggregate in last year’s MLS Playoffs and so New England will be the more confident of the two sides going into this one.Embed from Getty Images
After winning two on the bounce, the Revs are back and will be hoping to push on now that Juan Agudelo has got off the mark, having scored against the Colorado Rapids last time out.
The Revs are favorites for this one, and should Jermaine Jones pass fit, it’s difficult to see past a New England win, especially as they have won the last three meetings with the Crew.
Columbus Crew are a team that has yet to really show their potential this season, with an early season victory at home to ten-man Toronto the highlight so far.
They have only one win in four so far, and with a team that is expected to be in the playoffs come the end of the regular season, their form has to drastically improve.Embed from Getty Images
A 2-2 draw against the high-flying Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night has done the Crew no harm and should aid them when they travel to New England at the weekend, though fitness could be a factor.
With both sides favouring a counter-attacking approach, this could be a very open game. Enjoy.
New England Revolution: Apart from Jermaine Jones, New England should have a full squad available. If the USMNT star is fit, it is likely he will take a place on the bench. Juan Agudelo could return to the attack with Charlie Davies dropping to the bench, with Lee Nguyen in behind after scoring his first of the season last weekend.
Columbus Crew: Will Trapp (calf strain/concussion) and Waylon Francis (ankle) are both doubts but are expected to feature. Hernan Grana should return at right-back after missing the midweek game against Vancouver, while Federico Higuain will also return to the side after serving his suspension.
New England Revolution’s form: L/L/D/W/W
Columbus Crew’s form: L/W/L/D
Key Stat: New England are undefeated in their last 12 MLS home matches now and are proving a tough team to break down at Gillette Stadium.
Key Player: Kei Kamara – The Crew striker is in fine form after scoring twice against the Whitecaps, so expect him to have a say in the scoreline come the end of play on Saturday night.
New England Revolution 2-1 Columbus Crew – The Crew did well to earn a draw at Vancouver on Wednesday but the Revs have had a full week to prepare for this game and look to be finding their form now. Home advantage should see the Revs edge it but this one is perfectly poised.