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MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Toronto FC

New England play host to Eastern Conference leaders Toronto on Saturday

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, June 3 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England  11/10 – Draw 5/2 – Toronto 85/40

Match Preview

New England Revolution welcome Eastern Conference rivals Toronto FC to Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening with the sides separated by 12 points.

The Revs are sitting in 8th and are off the pace. They haven’t won in two and trail the top six by three points. They come into this one having scored late on against NYCFC to earn a share of the spoils.

Gillette Stadium has been good to New England. They have only lost two of their last ten home fixtures but this one is going to be a test for them, even with some notable absentees for Toronto.

Toronto FC are flying at the top of the East and are also five points clear at in the Supporter’s Shield standings, but they have work to do.

As mentioned they have are going to be without key players this weekend. Strike partners Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore will not be leading the line, the pair have contributed 12 of Toronto’s 26 goals this season.

But Toronto are the in form side in MLS, they have not lost in eight games and were only one off making it a 100% record in that run. They have proved they are more than capable without their key strike force, as they come into this one having dispatched Columbus by five goals to nil, so confidence is high.

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Team News

New England Revolution are set to be with a near fully fit squad ahead of the visit from Toronto as Xavier Kouassi is their only absentee.

Toronto FC are looking likely to be without both Sebastian Giovinco and Nick Hagglund through injury. Giovinco has returned to training but is unlikely to be risked. Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley are both away on international duty.

Key Points

New England’s last five: L/W/W/L/D

Toronto’s last five: W/W/W/D/W

Key Stat: New England have won eight of their last ten home games in MLS.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – The Revs playmaker has contributed to ten goals this season, six goals and four assists. He will be looking to unlock the Toronto defence here and provide the spark New England need to take a positive result.

Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-2 Toronto FC – Although Toronto have some key faces missing from their starting XI it still seems unlikely that they will lose here. New England have been solid at home and both teams know how to find the back of the net. Score draw.

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About Lewis Addley (607 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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