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MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Wednesday, September 16 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 13/10 – Draw 14/5 – New York Red Bulls 7/4

Match Preview

Two of the most in form sides in MLS go head-to-head on Wednesday night as New England Revolution host Eastern Conference leaders New York Red Bulls.

New England trail NYRB by two points heading into the game and they have played two more than the leaders. This is a tie they need to take all three points in if they are to have a chance of finishing at the top of the Eastern Conference.

The Revs come into the tie off the back of five straight wins, their latest was the 3-1 away victory over Toronto FC. They are unbeaten in their last seven, winning six, so confidence is high.

New England won the first meeting of the season between the sides at Gillette Stadium 2-1 and will be hoping they can repeat that result.

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New York Red Bulls are also on a good run of form, they have won nine of their last 12 and lost just twice. They are leading the Eastern Conference on goal difference, but have played three games less than DC United so are in a strong position.

Red Bulls come into the tie off the back of their 3-2 home win against Chicago Fire, where they came from two goals behind to win.

They won the last meeting between the sides in July, 4-1, but will be aware this tie will be difficult to take all three points from, even more so considering their poor record away against the Revs.

They can give themselves an even stronger chance of finishing at the top of the pile if they can avoid defeat here.

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Team News

New England are still without Darrius Barnes. London Woodberry and Jermaine Jones are both one caution away from a suspension.

New York Red Bulls are expected to be without Chris Duvall and Roy Miller. Connor Lade and Dax McCarty are both one booking away from suspension.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five in MLS: W/W/W/W/W

New York Red Bulls’ last five in MLS: W/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: New England Revolution are unbeaten in 22 of their last 23 ties against New York Red Bulls in all competitions.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The obvious choice. His recent form in front of goal has no doubt been a huge factor his sides form. He has five in his last five and has now netted 14 for the season. He will have to be at his best if NYRB are to take all three points.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-2 New York Red Bulls – The sides to share the points and cancel each other out in a tight affair.

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About Lewis Addley (601 Articles)

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