Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Orlando City
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, September 5 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
Match Odds: New England Revolution 8/13 – Draw 3/1 – Orlando City 4/1
The Revs are sitting in 5th place on 37 points and have been in a good run of form, unbeaten in their last five, winning four of those games.
They come into this one off the back of last weekends 1-0 away win over Philadelphia Union which will have continued to help build confidence in the side.
Jay Heaps will know Orlando will push his side hard to take all three points but this is a tie he will expect the Revs to win and make their excellent home advantage count.
Orlando City have struggled over their last five games, failing to register a win in any of those outings, but despite those results they remain well in the fight for a playoff spot.
Adrian Heath’s side showed their desire to get back on track with their 1-1 draw with Chicago Fire last weekend after their ill-disciplined performance away at Toronto the previous week.
Orlando have lost their last four on the road and in those games they have conceded 18 goals. They will need to be far more organised at the back if they are to take anything away from a very strong Revs home side.
Heath’s side have lost seven of their 13 away ties this season, but have showed they have what it takes to find the net against the Revs, with their earlier meeting in the campaign ending in a 2-2 draw. If Orlando can repeat that scoreline it will be a solid result.
New England are still without Darrius Barnes. London Woodberry and Jose Goncalves are both one caution away from a suspension. Jermaine Jones is on international duty with the USMNT.
Orlando City have six injury concerns heading into this one. Kevin Molino, Conor Donovan, Brek Shea and Harrison Heath are set to miss out while Tony Cascio and Seb Hines are both doubts. Carlos Rivas and Darwin Ceren are both one away from suspension. Rafael Ramos and Adrian Winter are serving the second game of their suspensions following their dismissals against Toronto.
New England Revolution’s last five in MLS: W/D/W/W/W
Orlando City’s last five in MLS: L/D/L/L/D
Key Stat: Fortress – New England Revolution are undefeated in 22 of their last 23 home games.
Key Player: Kaka – Orlando desperately need their key man to help get the side reorganised and ensure they do not miss out on a playoff spot. His debut season in MLS has been a good one but he will be more than aware of the demands of the fans and the weight on his shoulders in a tough time of the season.
New England Revolution 2-1 Orlando City – The Revs to prove too strong for a struggling Orlando side with another home win.