Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. New York City FC
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Wednesday, July 6 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
Match Odds: New England 4/5 – Draw 11/4 – NYCFC 16/5
New England are stuck in eighth place in the East, a point off the playoff places, and have now lost back-to-back games away at DC and Montreal.
Jay Heaps has watched his side win just four of their 17 games to this point. They must perform better over the second half of the season if they are to enjoy another playoff run.
A return to Gillette Stadium should improve their chances, although they have the third-worst home form in the league – another sign things aren’t progressing as they should in Foxborough.
By stark contrast, New York City come into Wednesday’s game at the top of the Eastern Conference and will be on cloud nine following Sunday’s first-ever New York Derby win.
NYCFC have been in great form of late, winning each of their last three and are now unbeaten in four away games. They have picked up more points away from home than any other side in MLS this term.
They will look to keep their place at the top of the East with another victory here. The reverse fixture ended 1-1 in March.
New England Revolution have a number of injury worries heading into Wednesday’s game. Charlie Davies remains sidelined, along with Gershon Koffie, Donnie Smith and Juan Agudelo. Darrius Barnes is a doubt. Bobby Shuttleworth will hope to return between the sticks but Brad Knighton has started each of the last three league games for the Revs.
Patrick Vieira is unlikely to want to make any changes to the NYCFC side that beat the Red Bulls on Sunday. Connor Brandt and Steve Mendoza remain sidelined, while Federico Bravo and Ethan White are doubts. Jack Harrison starred in Sunday’s win and will hope to start a fifth-straight game here.
New England Revolution’s last five: L/W/W/L/L
New York City’s last five: D/L/W/W/W
Key Stat: NYCFC are unbeaten in their last four away games in MLS (W3 D1).
Key Player: Jack Harrison – It’s impossible to highlight anyone other than New York City’s wonderkid ahead of Wednesday’s game. The English youngster scored his second goal of the season in the 2-0 win over the Red Bulls on Sunday and also picked up his second assist of the campaign too. He is on fire right now and will look to extend his form with another solid display here.
New England Revolution 1-2 New York City FC – New York City to continue their fine run of form with a fourth consecutive victory here. New England don’t look like the side they should be and will be devastated to have thrown away a two-goal lead at Montreal on Saturday. Away win.