Competition: Major League Soccer Playoffs – DC United vs. New England Revolution
Venue: RFK Stadium – Wednesday, October 28 – 19:30 ET (23:30 GMT)
Match Odds: DC United 13/8 – Draw 9/4 – New England Revolution 13/8
DC couldn’t have had a worse result heading into this game after they were thumped 5-0 by Columbus Crew on the final day of the regular season on Sunday.
The home side have won just two of their last five games, but as we know, knockout rounds see the form books chucked to one side.
DC need to come into this with a fresh approach and play the way they know they can. They won the second meeting between the sides in the regular season 2-1 back in June and can take confidence from that.Embed from Getty Images
Finishing 4th and subsequently earning home-field advantage has given DC a great chance of progressing into the next round of the playoffs. They need to make sure they come out of the blocks quickly and not give New England the upper hand early on in the game.
New England Revolution will be relieved to have made the playoffs after having to wait until the final day and will now be hoping to go one step further than last year and win the MLS Cup.
They come into this one off the back of their solid 3-1 win away at New York City FC, a result which put an end to a four-game winless run.Embed from Getty Images
The Revs failed to beat DC in the regular season, drawing the first meeting between the sides back in May before then, as previously mentioned, losing in June.
New England haven’t won at RFK Stadium since 2013, but will be feeling confident going into the game. They cannot, however, afford to let DC’s recent run of poor form make them complacent.
DC United have four injury concerns heading into this one. Eddie Johnson, Chris Korb, Davy Arnaud and Jared Jeffrey are all expect to miss out.
New England Revolution have just the one injury concern as Darrius Barnes looks set to miss out.
DC United’s last five: L/L/W/W/L
New England Revolution’s last five: L/D/L/L/W
Key Stat: DC have only won two of their last six home games in the playoffs (W2 D3 L1).
Key Player: Charlie Davies – The Revs forward netted four times in last season’s playoff run. He played an influential role in their win over NYCFC on Sunday, with one assist and a goal and comes into the game in good form. His ten goals in the regular season make him his side’s top scorer for the campaign.
DC United 1-2 New England Revolution – This is an intriguing tie because so much hangs on what DC United side turn up. Sunday’s 5-0 hammering has raised plenty of questions and the Revs will look to capitalise. We’re predicting the Revs to edge a close tie and progress into the next round, heaping more misery on DC.