Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Sunday, May 21 – 14:30 ET (19:30 BST)
Match Odds: New England 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – Columbus 3/1
New England Revolution welcome Eastern Conference rivals Columbus Crew to Gillette Stadium on Sunday in what has the makings of a cracker.
The home side are sitting eighth in the East ahead of this tie, already 12 points off the pace at the top and three points outside the top six. There is no questioning just how competitive the East is in 2017.
Jay Heaps is reliant on his side picking up points at home. They are yet to win away so are going to need to make the most of home form in games against the sides at the top.
Columbus Crew will be feeling confident of picking up a positive result this weekend in their second away game on the bounce. Their resilience to win in Montreal was impressive as they had seemingly thrown three points away before snatching it at the death.
Crew are sitting third ahead of their trip to New England but are six points adrift of top spot. If they can make it three wins in four they will give themselves a good chance of continuing to close the gap.
Columbus have won all three of the last meetings between these sides by a 2-0 scoreline but they have won just one of their last six visits to New England.
Juan Agudelo is New England’s only injury concern this weekend. The Revs will certainly miss their top scorer if he fails to make the squad this weekend.
Columbus Crew could be without four for the trip to New England as Gaston Sauro and Ben Swanson are set to remain out, while Brad Stuver and Ethan Finlay are both questionable.
New England Revolution’s form: D/D/D/L/W
Columbus Crew’s form: L/L/W/L/W
Key Stat: New England have not lost in their last nine home games, winning seven and drawing two.
Key Player: Justin Meram – Crew’s top scorer this season will be looking to continue his deadly finishing and put and end to New England’s unbeaten home run.
New England Revolution 1-2 Columbus Crew – New England Revolution to lose their first home game since August last year. Columbus have been a difficult side to beat and will have too much offensively this time around.