Competition: Major League Soccer – Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Wednesday, June 24 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
Match Odds: Columbus Crew 19/20 – Draw 5/2 – New England Revolution 11/4
Despite the Crew’s winless run they are still sitting in a playoff spot but will need to turn things around if they are to avoid dropping out the top six.
They come into this one off the back of a 1-1 draw with LA Galaxy, which isn’t a bad result as they equalised in the second half through Federico Higuain.
Gregg Barhalter‘s side need to tighten up at the back, having conceded ten goals in their last five regular season outings.Embed from Getty Images
Kei Kamara hasn’t netted in his last three regular season games and will be hoping to rediscover his golden touch in front of goal which has seen him bag 10 in 15 appearances.
New England Revolution have struggled lately, winning just once in their last eight regular season games. They are still sitting in second place but last weekend’s loss to DC United has made their chances of finishing at the top of the pile much harder, as they are now seven points adrift.
Jay Heaps will be hoping a win in this one could be the start of a revitalisation for his side, as they have Orlando City bearing down on them in third.
They come into the game off the back of that defeat to DC United, which was bitterly disappointing as they threw the game away after being a goal to the good at halftime and need to ensure the players stay focused for longer here.Embed from Getty Images
Charlie Davies has had a bright start to the season, netting seven in 16 appearances and he will be hoping to build on that in this game.
The Revs thumped Columbus in last season’s playoffs but the two sides played out a 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium in the first meeting between the two this year.
Columbus Crew could be without up to three players as Matt Lampson, Will Trapp and Chris Klute are all doubtful. We can expect to see Federico Higuain in the thick of the action, as he has scored in his last two games.
New England Revolution will be without Darrius Barnes and Jermaine Jones, who both remain sidelined.
Columbus Crew’s last five: D/D/L/L/D
New England Revolution’s last five: D/D/L/W/L
Key Stat: New England have conceded at least two goals in their last four regular season games and have lost their last three away from home.
Key Player: Federico Higuain – The playmaker has been in good form of late. He has netted four so far this season and registered one assist. Expect him to be involved.
Columbus Crew 2-2 New England Revolution – Another tight affair expected, with neither side doing enough to take all three points. There should be more goals than the earlier meeting as neither side has been good defensively.