Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, June 13 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
Match Odds: New England 17/20 – Draw 13/5 – Chicago 3/1
The Revs have not won in their last six and last weekend’s 2-0 loss to the Portland Timbers was their second defeat in four games. They were on a fine run of form heading into May but have fallen away in recent weeks.
Jay Heaps will be urging his players to get all three points on Saturday night against a Chicago Fire side that are sitting in ninth place in the Eastern.Embed from Getty Images
New England are still in second but are now seven points off top spot DC United, with a game in hand, and need to start making ground on their rivals.
The Fire have lost back-to-back games for the third time this season coming into this one after last week’s losses to DC United and Orlando City.
The Orlando loss was hard to take as they blew a 2-1 lead in the space of four minutes at the end of the game in front of their own fans.
Defender Adailton became the first player in MLS history to score two own goals in one game in that loss – a symbol of just how unfortunate the Fire have been so far.
Chicago are now just three points above bottom placed NYCFC and need to start finding more points. They have yet to win on the road this season and have their work cut out if they are to take something out of New England this weekend.
They did win at Gillette Stadium for the first time since 2010 last season and need to try and repeat that feat again a year later.
Darrius Barnes remains a long-term injury worry, while Jermaine Jones is a doubt for the game as he is struggling with a groin problem. Juan Agudelo may return from international duty with the USMNT in time to feature but is unlikely to start.
Frank Yallop will be without Patrick Nyarko, who is still out with a torn ACL, while Designated Players David Accam (Ghana) and Shaun Maloney (Scotland) are away on international duty along with Joevin Jones (Trinidad & Tobago).
New England Revolution’s last five: D/L/D/D/L
Chicago Fire’s last five: D/D/W/L/L
Key Stat: New England are unbeaten in their last 18 home games in MLS.
Key Player: Scott Caldwell – The midfielder has been in solid form so far this season and will look to make the difference from deep on Saturday night.
New England Revolution 2-1 Chicago Fire – The losses of Maloney and Accam will hurt Chicago and New England will look to capitalise on that this weekend. Neither side are in good form and so it should be a cagey affair but the Revs’ fine home record could be enough to see them over the line.