Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, June 27 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST – Sunday, June 28)
Match Odds: New England Revolution 13/10 – Draw 12/5 – Vancouver Whitecaps 2/1
The Revs come into the game after a 2-1 midweek defeat away at the Columbus Crew and they’re currently second in the Eastern Conference with 24 points from 18 games, but ten points behind conference leaders DC United.
New England have only recorded one victory in their last nine games (D4, L4), although they remain undefeated on home soil and need to return to winning ways as soon as possible in order to avoid slipping down the table.Embed from Getty Images
Only Philadelphia Union have conceded more goals than Jay Heaps’ side in MLS this season, so they need to stop allowing opponents so many chances to punish them. The Revs do boast the second most clinical attack though – only LA Galaxy (26 goals) have scored more than New England (24 goals).
Vancouver Whitecaps will play their third of four straight road games on Saturday night, but they have enjoyed two consecutive victories, beating both LA Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls away from home.
Carl Robinson will be confident that he can inspire his side to condemn New England to their first home defeat for 19 games in a similar way the Whitecaps ended LA Galaxy’s impressive home form a few weeks ago after they hadn’t lost on home soil for over a year.Embed from Getty Images
The Whitecaps are currently second in an extremely competitive Western Conference with 29 points from 17 games – they’re only separated from leaders Seattle via goal difference.
The last time these two met, it ended all square with a goalless draw back in March 2014. Vancouver Whitecaps have never beaten New England away from home (D1, L2) and will be looking to change that fact on Saturday night.
New England will be without Andy Dorman who is serving a one match ban for accumulation of too many yellow cards, while Darrius Barnes (knee) and Jermaine Jones (surgery) are out with injuries.Embed from Getty Images
Vancouver’s Gershon Koffie and Kendall Waston will both miss the game through suspension. Sam Adekugbe and Andre Lewis are both doubts for the game as they’re struggling with injuries.
New England Revolution’s last five in MLS: D/L/W/L/L
Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five in MLS: L/W/L/W/W
Key Stat: New England are undefeated in their last 19 home matches in MLS.
Key Player: Charlie Davies – The New England forward has been in impressive goalscoring form in 2015 and could be the man to fire the Revs to victory.Embed from Getty Images
New England Revolution 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – This is likely to be a tightly contested affair with some real quality on show, but it will probably end all square.