Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Portland Timbers
Stadium: Gillette Stadium – Wednesday, April 27 – 19:30 ET (00:30 GMT)
Match Odds: New England 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – Portland 5/2
New England sit 7th in the Eastern Conference and come into this one off the back of their 3-0 away defeat against DC United.
Jay Heaps will be concerned about his sides recent form, as they have now failed to win in three games, they are going to have to turn that form around in order to work their way back up the East. It is far from devastating news for the Revs as they have drawn two of those three outings.
The Revs are unbeaten at home this season, winning one and drawing the other two and they have only conceded once at Gillette Stadium in 2016. New England face Orlando on Saturday so they’ll be looking to get off to a good start in their double game week here.
Portland Timbers find themselves in lowly 8th in the Western Conference, a far from pleasing position for the Timbers fans.
Caleb Porter’s side have come up short so far this season and look a shadow of the side who won the MLS Cup last season, they’re going to have to improve on their performances if they are to force their way up the table.
All is not bad for Portland, who come into this one off the back of a great 3-1 home win against San Jose Earthquakes, their first win since their opening game of the season.
The Timbers are yet to win away from home this season and they’ll be hoping this will be the game to end an unbeaten run away from home against New England dating back to 2011. Portland face Toronto in the second outing of their double game week, so they need to make sure they come out of these two games with a respectable amount of points.
New England Revolution have just three injury concerns as Steve Neumann is expected to miss out, while Juan Agudelo and Jose Goncalves are both doubts. Heaps has no players nearing suspension.
Portland Timbers have a squad riddled with injuries at this early stage in the season. Andy Thoma, Liam Ridgewell and Alvas Powell are all expected to miss out. Ben Zemanski, Adam Kwarasey, Darren Mattocks and Darlington Nagbe are all doubts. Porter will be also without Diego Valeri who is suspended.
New England Revolution’s form: D/W/D/DL
Portland Timbers’ form: D/L/D/L/W
Key Stat: New England Revolution are yet to suffer defeat at home against Portland Timbers.
Key Player: Fanendo Adi – The Portland frontman has netted six goals already this season and he will be full of confidence having scored two last time out, they will need him to be in form if they are to pick up their first away win against New England Revolution.
New England Revolution 2-2 Portland Timbers – New England Revolution have struggled for form of late and face a Portland side who come into this one off the back of a very strong performance, they will be difficult to separate.