Major League Soccer: New England Revolution vs New York City FC
Gillette Stadium – Saturday, March 24 2018 – 13:30 ET (17:30 GMT)
New England Revolution vs New York City FC: Preview
The Revs should be feeling well rested following their Week 3 bye and will be looking to extend their unbeaten run at Gillette Stadium to ten games. They beat Colorado Rapids 2-1 last time out, giving Brad Friedel his first coaching win in dramatic style, with Chris Tierney scoring the winning free-kick in stoppage time.
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The hosts opened the season with a 2-0 road loss at Philadelphia in which both centre-backs were sent off. But both Antonio Delamea and Claude Dielna return from suspension and will be available again here.
New York City have made a perfect start to the 2018 season. They are 3-0-0 for the first time in franchise history and come into this one off the back of a 2-0 win over Orlando City last weekend. That win was all the more impressive given the number of absences Patrick Vieira had to deal with.
Selecting a team doesn’t get any easier this week though, as David Villa is still a doubt with a calf strain, while Alex Ring and Rodney Wallace are away on international duty. NYCFC have scored two goals in each of their three games so far, conceding just once. They will be looking to further stamp their authority down when they travel to New England here.
This will be the 10th MLS clash between the Eastern Conference rivals. The Revs have won four of the previous nine games, with NYCFC taking three victories. The Revs won the most recent meeting 2-1 back in October at Gillette Stadium. NYCFC had won by the same scoreline at Yankee Stadium two months before that, while they also played out a 2-2 draw in New York last June.
New England Revolution vs New York City FC: Team News
New England Revolution
🌎 International duty: Krisztian Nemeth (Hungary)
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: Gabriel Somi (concussion), Zachary Herivaux (ankle).
🚑 Out: None.
New York City FC
🌎 International duty: Rodney Wallace (Costa Rica), Alex Ring (Finland)
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: David Villa (calf).
🚑 Out: Ronald Matarrita (hamstring).
New England Revolution vs New York City FC: Key Stats
New England Revolution’s MLS form: L/W
NYCFC’s MLS form: W/W/W
Key stat: There has been a red card in each of the four games between these two sides at Gillette Stadium. The Revs have picked up one of those. But NYCFC have had a man sent off in three of their four trips to Foxborough.
New England Revolution vs New York City FC: Prediction
New England Revolution 2-2 NYCFC: There are usually goals when these two sides face off. The Revs should be fresh following their bye week and have had a long time to prepare for a dangerous NYCFC side. The worry for Vieira’s men is that David Villa may miss out again here, while the absence of Alex Ring in midfield will be noticeable. Both sides will fancy their chances but it’s hard to see NYCFC getting beaten. Score draw.