MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs DC United

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. DC United

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, March 12 – 15:00 ET (20:00 GMT)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 4/6 – Draw 14/5 – DC United 4/1

Match Preview

New England Revolution welcome DC United to Gillette Stadium this weekend in what is a big tie for both of these Eastern Conference sides.

New England started their 2016 campaign with a 3-3 draw against Houston Dynamo in a thrilling clash in which they showed great resilience by scoring late on to pick up a point.

Jay Heaps will be pleased with how his side stole a share of the points but will be disappointed to have thrown away their early lead. He will be looking for a much tighter defensive display in their home opener.

The last meeting between these sides at Gillette Stadium saw the game finish 1-1. New England are unbeaten against DC in their last four home meetings and will expect to avoid defeat once more here.

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DC United had an opening weekend to forget as they were thumped 4-1 by LA Galaxy. It was a huge disappointment for Ben Olsen as his side took an early lead, before capitulating in the second half.

They sit bottom of the Eastern Conference – which this early on isn’t a problem as it will be a few weeks before the standings take shape – but they will not want to be there come the end of Week 2’s fixtures.

This is going to be a tough tie and DC will give their fans a huge lift if they are to take points from New England ahead of their first home game of the 2016 campaign against Colorado Rapids next weekend.

No doubt Ben Olsen will have given his side an intense week of preparation heading into this game to ensure they don’t show the same frailties they did against the Galaxy. This is a chance for DC to show the rest of the conference what they are capable of.

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Team News

New England Revolution have no injuries or suspensions heading into this tie.

DC United are still without goalkeeper Bill Hamid who has a long-term knee injury, while defender Chris Korb is also out with a knee problem. Markus Halsti is expected to miss out, while Patrick Nyarko and Fabian Espindola are both doubts.

Key Points

New England’s form: D

DC United’s form: L

Key Stat: Travelsick – DC United have lost 11 of their last 16 away games in MLS.

Key Player: Charlie Davies – The Revs forward bagged his first goal of the season on the opening day and will be full of confidence. He could play a pivotal role to his side this season if he can score on a regular basis.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-1 DC United – We can expect these two sides to provide each other with a difficult game from the off. Both defences will look to be far more organised than last weekend as they conceded seven goals combined. New England look set just to edge it and should pick up their first win of the new season against Eastern rivals on Saturday night.


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