MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. New England Revolution

Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, April 23 – 22:30 BST (17:30 EDT)

Match Odds: DC United 6/4 – Draw 23/10 – New England Revolution 9/5

Match Preview

DC United welcome New England Revolution to RFK Stadium on Saturday night for what will be their third home game in a row. DC have had mixed results in their last two, with a 4-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps followed by last week’s 1-0 loss to Toronto.

With just one win from seven this season, DC have yet to really get off the ground and with limited options in attack and the loss of Bill Hamid for an extended period time, things aren’t going to get much easier for United overnight.

They had plenty of possession and 18 attempts against Toronto last week yet still fell to an early Sebastian Giovinco goal and couldn’t breach the Toronto defence as their struggles for goals continued. DC have scored only seven times so far this season, failing to net in three games – including the 0-0 draw at New England last month.

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Speculation about Ben Olsen’s future has picked up this week and a few more negative results could see the manager leave his post, as recent form is simply not good enough for a club of DC United’s stature.

New England Revolution are in the playoff places and if the season finished now, they’d probably settle for 5th. They are a young side which is building for bigger things but will still feel they could be doing better than they are at this stage.

They have scored in each of their last four games so scoring goals doesn’t seem to be the problem. However, they have failed – at times – to finish teams off. They have only lost once so far, so a good early start for the Revs has set the tone for what should be a solid campaign.

Progression will come from more wins. It sounds simple but with five draws from seven outings, they need more points on the board.

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If they are to win more games, Charlie Davies or Juan Agudelo will need to step up as the Revs top scorer is Diego Fagundez (2) and so their strikers need to find the net more often.

These two sides have already met this season, drawing 0-0 at Gillette Stadium in Week 2. DC have won each of the last two meetings at RFK Stadium and will be looking to make it three in three on Saturday.

Team News

DC United are without goalkeepers Bill Hamid (knee) and Andrew Dykstra (back), as well as Charlie Horton (concussion), defender Chris Korb (knee) and midfielder Collin Martin (foot). Markus Halsti (knee) is a doubt.

New England Revolution have as many four players who are doubtful with Steve Neumann (knee), Juan Agudelo (hamstring), Darrius Barnes (ankle) and Jose Goncalves (undisclosed) all being monitored for Saturday’s game.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: D/L/D/W/L

New England Revolution’s last five: L/D/W/D/D

Key Stat: DC United are unbeaten in their last four meetings with New England Revolution.

Key Player: Fabian Espindola – DC’s star striker is back to full fitness with three goals in four starts this term. DC United will want him to be be on the scoresheet once again come Saturday night and he will look to disrupt the Revs defence from the outset.

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Score Prediction

DC United 1-1 New England Revolution – Both sides are yet to really find form and we expect it to be an even encounter once again. Both could really do with three points but there is little to choose between these sides and so a score draw seems most likely.

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MLS Playoff Preview and Prediction: DC United vs New England Revolution

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

Match Preview

DC United welcome New England Revolution to RFK Stadium in the first of the Eastern Conference playoff ties on Wednesday night as the two go head-to-head in the knockout round.

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.

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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.

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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.

Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.