Major League Soccer: New York City FC vs New England Revolution
Yankee Stadium – Sunday, August 20 – 18:00 ET (23:00 BST)
Match Odds: NYCFC 8/13 – Draw 16/5 – New England 100/30
New York City FC vs New England Revolution: Preview
New York City FC welcome New England Revolution to Yankee Stadium on Sunday night in what is a key Eastern Conference clash for both sides. The hosts know they need to win to keep on track with Toronto FC at the top of the standings. The visitors need to win to keep playoff hopes alive.
NYCFC have won back-to-back games against the Red Bulls and LA Galaxy coming into the weekend. They impressed in both outings and Patrick Vieira will be delighted with a return of six points. They are expected to win on Sunday. But must ensure they stay level-headed at a crucial stage of the season.
They are unbeaten in eight home games and have outscored their opponents 19-11 in that time. Games at Yankee Stadium tend to produce goals. And lots of them.
That should give New England some encouragement. The Revs haven’t won a single game away from home this season. But they have picked up their form in recent weeks, winning their last three at home.
Jay Heaps’ side are 10th in the East coming into the weekend. They sit six points behind Atlanta United in 6th place and have played one game more. If they want to make the playoffs, they must start taking points from games like this, even if it’s just one.
New England’s playoff hopes are hanging by a thread. But they know their fate lies in their own hands as their fixture list is kind over the next few weeks. The Revs play four of the other six teams in the bottom half of the East over the next month, with home games against Orlando and Montreal coming up.
This will be the second of three clashes between NYCFC and the Revs this season. They have already met at Yankee Stadium, drawing 2-2 in June. NYCFC led twice on that day but Xavier Kouassi scored in the final five minutes to earn the Revs a point. They will meet at Gillette Stadium on the penultimate weekend of the regular season.
New York City FC vs New England Revolution: Team News
Patrick Vieira will be without Ronald Matarrita, Miguel Camargo, James Sands and Maxime Chanot. All four are sidelined with ongoing injury problems. Alexander Ring and Ethan White will sit out of Sunday’s game after picking up suspensions for yellow card accumulation.
New England Revolution have no injury worries, which is a huge boost for Jay Heaps at this stage of the campaign. However, Je-Vaughn Watson is suspended and won’t be involved.
New York City FC vs New England Revolution: Key Points
NYCFC’s last five: D/W/L/W/W
New England Revolution’s last five: L/W/W/L/W
Key Stat: New England Revolution are still the only Eastern Conference side yet to win a single game this season. They have lost eight of their 11 road games this term, scoring just nine times.
Key Player: David Villa – The Spanish striker is the league’s leading scorer coming into the weekend. He has 18 goals in 23 games and has seven assists on top of that. If the Revs fail to deal with him, he’ll likely cause chaos for the opposition again here.
New York City FC vs New England Revolution: Prediction
New York City FC 3-1 New England Revolution – NYCFC are the much stronger side on paper. However, they struggle to keep clean sheets at home and New England will take confidence from that. The Revs have been abysmal away from home this season, but are starting to find some form at a crucial stage of the season. That said, NYCFC should record a third-straight home win without too much trouble on Sunday evening.