Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, May 16th – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
Match Odds: New England 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – Toronto 100/30
The Revs are the form side in MLS right now as they are unbeaten in eight and have picked up three wins from their last four games.
That eight-game unbeaten run is the club’s best for ten years, since they went 12 games undefeated at the back end of the 2004 season and start of 2005.
A slow start to the campaign this year saw them lose their opening two without scoring a goal but they look to be on track now and are playing like a team ready to get back to the MLS Cup final.Embed from Getty Images
They will expect to beat Toronto on Saturday night as the Reds have struggled to find any sort of consistency yet.
Their two-game win streak came to end in their first home game of the season last Sunday as the Houston Dynamo won 2-1.
Head coach Greg Vanney knows he must get his side playing better football and despite beating Montreal Impact 3-2 on Wednesday night in the Canadian Championship, they exited that competition on away goals.
Toronto fans will hope that game doesn’t leave the players tired for Saturday’s match and they will be hoping for a fourth win of the season to move within six points of the Revs in the Eastern Conference.Embed from Getty Images
Both sides have some fine attacking talents as Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore of Toronto will have to try and outperform the likes of Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo and Charlie Davies. Davies has four in his last four and is looking dangerous.
New England won all three meetings between the sides last year, including the final game of the regular season as they sealed a 1-0 win at Gillette Stadium.
New England head coach Jay Heaps will still be without defender Darrius Barnes for another five months, while Daigo Kobayashi is still a doubt and is unlikely to feature. Andy Dorman is one booking away from suspension and needs to stay disciplined. Jermaine Jones could start in defence again, with Dorman and Caldwell in midfield.
Toronto have four players to worry about. Clement Simonin, Steven Caldwell and Joe Bendik are all definitely out, while Mark Bloom remains a doubt. Chris Konopka will start in goal again but Greg Vanney may make a few changes to try and prevent fatigue from the midweek game setting in.
New England Revolution’s last five: D/W/W/W/D
Toronto FC’s last five: L/L/W/W/L
Key Stat: New England have not lost at home in their last 15 MLS matches, and have won their last two games in front of their own fans, scoring six times and conceding just one.
Key Player: Charlie Davies – Form is everything for a striker and Charlie Davies has certainly discovered his with four in his last four. He will hope to extend that streak to five against the third-worst defence in the Eastern.Embed from Getty Images
New England Revolution 3-1 Toronto FC – Tough to see Toronto getting anything out of this one against a Revs side that are oozing confidence right now. This game should have plenty of goals but New England will stay unbeaten with a third straight home win to pile more misery on the Reds.