Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Toronto
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, August 1 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
Match Odds: New England Revolution 21/20 – Draw 13/5 – Toronto 11/5
New England come into the game off the back of a 2-2 away draw with Chicago Fire. They have lost five of their last seven but finally ended their five-game losing streak in their last home game two weeks ago and are now looking back on track.
Jay Heaps will be looking to guide his team to a second straight MLS Cup final but they need to ensure they pick up more wins through the final stretch of the season to give them any chance.
A win against Toronto this weekend would see them move ahead of the Canadian side and would reinforce confidence that the Revs will make the playoffs without too much trouble.
That won’t be easy against a Toronto side that have only lost one of their last six games though. The Red have netted nine in their last three as Sebastian Giovinco has been in unstoppable form.
Winning games is still an issue for Greg Vanney’s team as they’ve won just one of their last five. An away trip to New England will prove a stiff test but the Reds will be confident after coming from 3-0 down to earn a 3-3 draw at Columbus Crew last weekend.
The earlier meeting between the two this season saw the game end 1-1 at Gillette Stadium as a fine Michael Bradley goal cancelled out Juan Agudelo’s first-half strike.
New England look set to be without, Darrius Barnes and Kevin Alston is a doubt. Lee Nguyen and London Woodberry are both one caution away from a suspension.
Toronto have seven injury concerns. Mark Bloom, Nick Hagglund, Luke Moore, Clement Simonin and Michael Bradley all look set to miss out, while Ashtone Morgan and Sebastian Giovinco are doubts. Collen Warner is suspended.
New England Revolution’s last five in MLS: L/L/L/W/D
Toronto’s last five in MLS: D/L/D/W/D
Key Stat: Fortress – New England Revolution are undefeated in 20 of their last 21 home games.
Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Atomic Ant missed the MLS All-Star Game through injury on Wednesday but should be fit to start here and will hurt the Revs if so. He’s unstoppable of late and is a constant threat for opposition defences.
New England Revolution 2-2 Toronto FC – Another draw looks to be the most likely result here between two sides desperate to avoid defeat at the top end of the Eastern Conference.