MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Toronto

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Toronto FC

Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, June 6 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Sunday, June 7)

Match Odds: DC United 6/5 – Draw 23/10 – Toronto 9/4

Match Preview

DC United welcome Toronto to RFK Stadium for an MLS clash between two Eastern Conference sides looking to further strengthen their grip on a playoff place on Saturday night.

DC currently lead the Eastern Conference by seven points and recent home victories against Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire put an end to a run of three games without a win.

Ben Olsen’s side haven’t tasted defeat on home soil in MLS this season (W6, D3) and are establishing themselves as serious contenders for not only the conference and Supporters’ Shield titles, but also the MLS Cup when it comes around at the end of the year.

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The only possible negative statistic that DC will want to put right in this fixture is that they haven’t managed to win more than two games consecutively so far this season.

Toronto have enjoyed their longest unbeaten streak of the season having avoided defeat in their last three games (W2, D1) – they secured an impressive 3-1 home win over San Jose Earthquakes last time out.

Greg Vanney’s side have propelled themselves to fourth in the Eastern Conference with 16 points from the first 11 games and will be hoping to start putting some daylight between them and seventh.

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The Canadian side are unbeaten in their last three away games (W2, D1), conceding just one goal in those matches – Toronto will also only have eight away fixtures remaining after this game.

DC United have won the last two meetings between the two sides with the most recent victory a 3-0 home success back in July 2014.

Team News

DC United will be without the injured Michael Farfan (hamstring), Taylor Kemp (groin) and Chris Pontius (hip). There are also fitness doubts for Chris Korb (leg) and Miguel Aguilar (knee), while Jalen Robinson is on international duty.

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Toronto’s Clement Simonin (knee), Steven Caldwell (achilles) and Daniel Lovitz (knee) are all out injured. Jozy Altidore (hamstring), Colllen Warner (hamstring) and Robbie Findley (achilles) are also doubts, while Michael Bradley and Marky Delgado are on international duty.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: L/D/L/W/W

Toronto’s last five: W/L/D/W/W

Key Stat: DC United are undefeated in their last 17 home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Sebastian Giovinco – The Italian has been excellent so far this season and will need to produce the goods once again if Toronto are to have any hopes of getting something from the game.

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Score Prediction

DC United 1-1 Toronto – DC are excellent at home and are unlikely to lose, but Toronto have come into some form recently and will fancy themselves to pick up a valuable point on the road.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Philadelphia Union vs New York City FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC

Venue: PPL Park – Saturday, June 6 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Sunday, June 7) – Live on Sky Sports 1

Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – New York City 3/1

Match Preview

Philadelphia Union and New York City FC will clash for the third time in the 2015 MLS season when they meet at PPL Park on Saturday night.

The Union come into this encounter off the back of an impressive 3-0 win at home to the Columbus Crew in midweek, which marked their third win in four games – their only other game in that time was a narrow 2-1 loss away at DC United.

Philadelphia’s recent good run of form has lifted them to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings as they now occupy the final playoff place after 15 games.

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Jim Curtin’s side had only won one of their opening 11 fixtures and seemed to be set for a miserable season but they’ve been revitalised in the last few weeks and will be aiming for a playoff finish.

By contrast, New York City are suffering a barren run of form that has seen them go 11 games without a win (D4, L7), although they have drawn two of the last three.

David Villa scored his first goal since early April at home to the Houston Dynamo last time out to secure a point for Jason Kreis and his team who are three points adrift at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

NYCFC will be looking to the Spaniard to inspire them once again as they seek an elusive victory, although it’s going to be a tough ask on the road against an in-form Philadelphia side.

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These two sides met twice in a week back in April with Philadelphia winning their home game 2-1, while it was honours even in New York as it ended in a 1-1 draw.

Team News

Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake (knee) is inured, as is midfielder Michael Lahoud (leg). The Union also have injury doubts over Steven Vitoria (hamstring), Ethan White (groin), Antoine Hoppenot (hamstring), Conor Casey and Fernando Aristeguieta (both leg).

New York City FC are without the injured George John (knee), Josh Williams (groin), Javier Calle (groin) and long-term absentee Tony Taylor (knee). There are fitness concerns for Khiry Shelton (knee), Ned Grabavoy (pelvis) and RJ Allen (leg). Mix Diskerud will also miss the game because of international duty.

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Key Points

Philadelphia Union’s last five: L/W/W/L/W

New York City FC’s last five: L/L/D/L/D

Key Stat: New York City have never won an away game in MLS (D2, L4).

Key Player: Sebastien Le Toux – The Frenchman has found his goalscoring boots in the last week with two goals in two games, so he’ll be hoping for more of the same.

PICTURE: Sebastien Le Toux - Courtesy of www.playingfor90.com

PICTURE: Sebastien Le Toux – Courtesy of www.playingfor90.com

Score Prediction

Philadelphia Union 2-1 New York City FC – The Union are in good form and we could see a repeat of the scoreline that saw them beat a struggling NYCFC side at home back in April.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs LA Galaxy

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. LA Galaxy

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Sunday, May 31 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Monday, June 1)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 5/4 – Draw 23/10 – LA Galaxy 11/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution welcome LA Galaxy to Gillette Stadium for a repeat of the 2014 MLS Cup final and the only fixture between these two sides in the 2015 MLS regular season.

The Revs come into this crucial encounter seeking revenge for the 2014 MLS Cup final defeat, but they’re on a run of four games without a win (D3, L1), although they’ve only lost once in their last 11.

Jay Heaps’ side are currently second in the Eastern Conference with 20 points from their opening 13 games and are also unbeaten in seven matches at home so far this season (W3, D4).

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LA Galaxy have put an end to a five-game winless streak by winning two on the bounce, beating both Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake 1-0 at StubHub Center.

Bruce Arena will be concerned with the Galaxy’s away form as they haven’t won any of their seven games on the road this season (D3, L4) – in-fact, LA haven’t won any of their last 13 away games in MLS.

The Galaxy are currently fourth in the Western Conference with 20 points from their first 14 games and a win here could potentially take them level with conference leaders Seattle.

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The last time these two met was of course the MLS Cup final in December 2014 that saw LA Galaxy win 2-1 after extra-time. The game was tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes before a Robbie Keane strike made the difference.

The most recent regular season meeting was a comprehensive 5-1 victory for LA Galaxy in July 2014 and the last fixture at Gillette Stadium saw the Revs thrash Galaxy 5-0 in June 2013, so this couldn’t be harder to predict.

Team News

New England Revolution will be without Darrius Barnes (knee) through injury, while key players Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney will miss the game through suspension after they were both sent off against DC United last week.

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LA Galaxy defenders Todd Dunivant (knee), Robbie Rogers (achilles) and A.J. DeLaGarza (foot) could all miss out through injury, while goalkeeper Brian Perk is a long-term absentee with a broken ankle.

Key Points

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

LA Galaxy’s last five: D/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: New England are undefeated in their last 17 home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Robbie Keane – The Galaxy have automatically looked more convincing since their skipper returned to action and he could play a crucial role in helping LA to secure a positive result.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 LA Galaxy – The Revs have drawn their last two home games 1-1, making it a likely scoreline against a Galaxy side that have won two on the bounce and have recovered well from the 4-0 loss in Orlando two weeks ago.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Orlando City vs Columbus Crew

Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. Columbus Crew

Venue: Citrus Bowl – Saturday, May 30 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST – Sunday, May 31)

Match Odds: Orlando City 5/4 – Draw 12/5 – Columbus Crew 21/10

Match Preview

Orlando City and Columbus Crew clash in MLS for the second time this season when they meet at Citrus Bowl on Saturday evening.

Head coach Adrian Heath can be very happy with Orlando’s last two results as they picked up a valuable point in a 1-1 draw away at San Jose Earthquakes last weekend, and thrashed LA Galaxy 4-0 at home the week before.

The win over the Galaxy was the Lions’ first ever victory at home and they’re now sixth in the Eastern Conference standings with 13 points from their opening 12 games.

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If Orlando avoid defeat in this game, it will also be the first time they have strung together a run of three games without defeat.

Columbus Crew are fourth in the Eastern Conference with 15 points and drew their last game at home to the Chicago Fire in disappointing fashion as they let a two-goal lead slip, conceding a devastating last-minute equaliser to tie the game.

The Crew have managed just one victory in their last four games (D1, L2) and also haven’t won a game away from home yet this season, so they’ll be looking to break that trend (D2, L3).

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Gregg Berhalter’s Columbus side eased to a 3-0 victory when these two sides met in the reverse fixture in April, thanks to goals from Federico Higuain, Justin Meram and Kei Kamara.

Team News

Orlando City will be without Pedro Ribeiro (hamstring) and Kevin Molino, while Lewis Neal (neck), Tony Cascio (back) and Aurelien Collin (hamstring) are all doubts. Brek Shea will miss the game through suspension after his red card against San Jose.

Columbus Crew midfielders Wil Trapp (concussion) and Ethan Finlay (toe) are both doubtful.

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Key Points

Orlando City’s last five: L/D/L/W/D

Columbus Crew’s last five: W/L/W/L/D

Key Stat: Columbus Crew have conceded at least two goals in their last four matches in MLS.

Key Player: Kaka – The Brazilian has been excellent in Orlando’s recent good performances and will be vital to his side once again.

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Score Prediction

Orlando City 2-2 Columbus Crew – Orlando are full of confidence after their last two games and there’s always goals when Columbus play, but they just can’t win away from home. A high scoring draw could be the order of the day.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs FC Dallas

Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas

Venue: Sporting Park – Friday, May 29 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST – Saturday, May 30)

Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 11/10 – Draw 23/10 – FC Dallas 23/10

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas clash in MLS for the second time this season when they meet at Sporting Park on Friday night.

The hosts are currently sixth in the Western Conference and have recorded some impressive results in recent weeks, with a 4-2 win at home to New England Revolution, followed by a 0-0 draw away at Seattle in their double gameweek.

If you had offered SKC head coach Peter Vermes four points from those two games beforehand, he would’ve almost definitely been happy with that outcome.

The two good results last week extended SKC’s unbeaten run to five games in a period where they also picked up a valuable point away at DC United. They’ve now lost just one of their last ten (W4, D5).

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FC Dallas are second in the Western Conference and come into this game off the back of a disappointing 2-1 defeat away at Montreal Impact which marked their third loss of the season.

This will be the second of five consecutive games on the road for Oscar Pareja‘s side as they look to get through this tough period of the season.

Dallas will be slightly concerned over Fabian Castillo‘s availability after he missed training on Wednesday and will be hoping he’s fit enough for action come kickoff time.

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These two sides met on week two of this season in a game that saw FC Dallas run out 3-1 winners at Toyota Stadium thanks to two goals from Blas Perez and a Fabian Castillo strike.

That win for Dallas was the first time they’d beaten SKC in four attempts, drawing two and losing one of the previous three meetings.

Team News

Sporting Kansas City defenders Ike Opara, Seth Sinovic and Chance Myers are all out injured. Roger Espinoza, Bernardo Anor, Marcel de Jong and Dom Dwyer are also doubts in an SKC squad that continues to look slightly depleted.

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FC Dallas will continue to be without defender Stephen Keel, while, as mentioned, Fabian Castillo is a slight doubt.

Key Points

Sporting Kansas City’s last five: D/W/D/W/D

FC Dallas’ last five: D/W/W/D/L

Key Stat: There have been 32 goals in games involving Sporting Kansas City – that’s the same number of goals in games involving FC Dallas and is higher than any other teams in the Western Conference, so we can hope for more of the same.

Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – With more assists (7) than any other player in MLS this season, as well as chipping in with three goals, stopping Feilhaber from pulling the strings is going to be a tough task for FC Dallas.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 1-1 FC Dallas – It’s tough to separate these two sides coming into this. If Dwyer isn’t fit for SKC then it will be a big blow and equally for FC Dallas if Castillo misses out. The hosts are in good form but Dallas will need to recover from their poor result in Montreal.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs DC United

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

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, May 23 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST – Sunday, May 24)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – DC United 100/30

Match Preview

New England Revolution and DC United clash at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night for a vital MLS encounter between the top two Eastern Conference sides.

The Revs are playing their second match of a double gameweek after they suffered a 4-2 defeat away at Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday – their first loss for nine games (W5, D4).

Jay Heaps‘ side are unbeaten at home in 2015, winning three and drawing three. They’ve also only conceded three goals on home soil.

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Despite being second in the Eastern Conference with 19 points from their opening 12 games, the Revs are without a victory in their last three and will be desperate to return to winning ways.

DC United suffered a shock 1-0 defeat away at Philadelphia Union last weekend after conceding an injury time goal which put an end to the eight-game unbeaten run that had driven them to the top of the Eastern Conference.

Ben Olsen will be disappointed with his side’s lacklustre performance against the Union and will be urging the players to replicate the form they’ve shown prior to that loss.

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A win for DC would extend their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference to at least four points – if New York Red Bulls fail to beat Philadelphia, they’ll be five points clear, laying down a real marker after one third of the season.

Out of the three meetings between these two sides in 2014, New England came out on top twice and DC once. The most recent clash ended in a 2-1 home win for the Revs.

Team News

New England will be without long-term absentee Darrius Barnes, while Daigo Kobayashi is a doubt having missed the last two games. If Bobby Shuttleworth returns to the starting line-up, he’ll be be hoping to fare better than Brad Knighton did on Wednesday as he conceded four. Andy Dorman is suspended after accumulating too many yellow cards.

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DC United’s Collin Martin and Steve Birnbaum are both out, while Fabian Espindola and Luis Silva are doubts for the game.

Key Points

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

DC United’s last five: W/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: DC United have won just once out of their last nine visits to New England (D2, L6).

Key Player: Juan Agudelo – He picked up another goal against SKC with some great, composed play before calmly slotting the ball past the ‘keeper. Agudelo is New England’s joint top goalscorer this season and could be the difference on the night.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-1 DC United – The home advantage for the Revs should see them just edge it against their Eastern Conference rivals by the same scoreline as their previous three wins over DC.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Sunday, May 24 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST) 

Match Odds: New York 7/10 – Draw 13/5 – Philadelphia 4/1

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls host Philadelphia Union in the live Sky Sports match this Sunday night. The Union will feel confident of producing a result, following an impressive 1-0 win over DC United last time out, but face a tough test away at New York this week.

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The Red Bulls have impressed so far this season, however, draws are hindering their potential. Jesse Marsch’s men have drawn five times, going behind in four of them with the other draw being a goalless affair away to FC Dallas last weekend.

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The Red Bulls go into this one as overwhelming favourites, having only lost two of their last 19 home games in MLS, and another win could see them leapfrog New England Revolution into second place in the Eastern Conference should the Revs drop points at home to DC United.

New York Red Bulls’ record this season: P10 – W4 – D5 – L1

Philadelphia will feel buoyed after beating Eastern Conference leaders DC United last Sunday and will face another tough task at the Red Bulls as they look for just their third win of the campaign.

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The 1-0 win over DC was the first time the Union has kept a clean sheet since the opening day of the season, and was their first win in six.

Philadelphia Union’s record this season: P12 – W2 – D3 – L7

Boasting the worst defence in the league, the Union will have to be at their best to keep out last year’s MLS Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips if they are to pick up points come the end of play on Sunday evening.

Team News

New York Red Bulls will be without Sal Zizzo and Ronald Zubar, who both miss out through injury, while Matt Miazga is away on international duty with the USMNT Under 20s, so Damien Perrinelle and Karl Ouimette should start as the centre-back pairing once again.

Philadelphia Union are missing Andre Blake, Michael Lahoud and Steven Vitoria. Antoine Hoppenot and Raymon Gaddis are both doubts so may not feature. Maurice Edu could move into midfield following another stint in defence.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ last five: D/D/L/W/D

Philadelphia Union’s last five: L/L/L/L/W

Key Stat: Philadelphia Union have never won away from home when playing the New York Red Bulls.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – Last year’s Golden Boot winner, BWP, is always a threat in front of goal and playing against the worst defence in the league could see him bag a few goals.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-0 Philadelphia Union – The Red Bulls look too strong at the moment and should blow the Union away with ease.

MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo 

Venue: StubHub Center – Friday, May 22nd – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 4/6 – Draw 11/4 – Houston Dynamo 4/1

Match Preview

LA Galaxy welcome Houston Dynamo to StubHub Center on Friday night in a game which is a must win for Bruce Arena’s side.

The Galaxy haven’t won in their last five games and have lost their last two on the bounce. Last weekend’s 4-0 defeat to Orlando City was an awful result and they need a positive reaction here.

Arena has an injury crisis with eight players who could miss out. They have a chance to turn their problems around with two home games on the bounce now. Galaxy need to turn their fortunes around as they cannot afford to go into the game against New England Revolution without picking up any points.

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LA are missing Robbie Keane, not just for his goals, but his leadership qualities. His absence is affecting the performances of Gyasi Zardes, who has just two goals this season.

Houston Dynamo have just started to hit form, winning their last two in a row. Owen Coyle will feel his side have a good chance of getting something from this game given Galaxy’s recent form, but the hosts haven’t been beaten in their last 24 games at StubHub.

This is the first of two away games in a row for the Dynamo, who have only lost once on the road this season. The game has added incentive for these two sides as they are separated by just two points in the Western Conference.

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Will Bruin has three goals in his last two games, including two in last weekends 3-1 win over Portland Timbers, and he will want to prove his form is not just a purple patch and he can send out message if he can help his side win this tie against the reigning champions.

Team News

LA Galaxy have eight injury concerns to Brian Perk, Robbie Keane, Edson Buddle, Todd Dunivant, Jose Villarreal, Kenney Walker, Robbie Rogers and Omar Gonzalez, leaving Arena scratching his head at fielding a side. Keane has been a big miss and has played just four games. The sooner he returns the better for Galaxy.

By stark contrast, Houston Dynamo have just one injury to deal with Nathan Sturgis set to miss out for Coyle’s side. Ricardo Clark and Kofi Sarkodie are just one yellow card away from a suspension so will need to be weary of their approach.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s last five: D/D/D/W/W

Houston Dynamo last five: D/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: Galaxy haven’t beaten Dynamo in their last three attempts and every passing game without a win now for Arena’s side becomes a bigger problem.

Key Player: Giles Barnes – The forward has six goals in 11 appearances so far this season and his partnership with Bruin is what Dynamo have to thank for being in a playoff spot at this stage.

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Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 1-1 Houston Dynamo – A cagey affair in this one is expected with a rusty Galaxy side desperate for a win as they cannot afford to lose. Dynamo need to take points from their upcoming two away games and a point would be respectable here.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. New England Revolution

Venue: Sporting Park – Wednesday, May 20th – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST – Thursday, May 21st)

Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 23/20 – Draw 23/10 – New England Revolution 12/5

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City welcome New England Revolution to Sporting Park on Wednesday night for the only MLS regular season meeting between the two sides this season.

The hosts have endured an inconsistent start to the 2015 campaign with a record of three wins, five draws and two defeats from their opening ten games.

SKC’s most recent game saw them earn an impressive draw away at DC United on May 9. They were set to play Colorado Rapids on Sunday, but that game was postponed due to poor weather conditions.

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Peter Vermes‘ side have recorded just one win in their last five, which came in their most recent home fixture against Chicago Fire as a goal from Paulo Nagamura secured a 1-0 victory.

New England Revolution lost their opening two games of the season but have since been on an impressive nine-game unbeaten run (W5, D4), although they are without a win in their last two after a 2-2 draw with Orlando and a 1-1 draw at home to Toronto.

Jay Heaps will be delighted with the turnaround from his side and will be desperate to return to winning ways against a side that they recorded three victories against in the 2014 MLS season.

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The most recent meeting between the two sides was an entertaining 3-2 win for the Revs on the same ground back in September.

Team News

Sporting Kansas City’s Ike Opara, Marcel De Jong and Graham Zusi are all unavailable through injury, while there’s also doubts over Chance Myers and Paulo Nagamura.

New England Revolution will be without long-term absentee Darrius Barnes and Daigo Kobayashi is out with a hamstring strain.

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Key Points

Sporting Kansas City’s last five: D/L/D/W/D

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

Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City haven’t suffered a home defeat so far in 2015 (W2, D3).

Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – SKC’s midfield maestro has enjoyed an impressive start to the season with five assists and two goals to his name from the opening ten games.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 1-1 New England Revolution – SKC are unbeaten at home and will be desperate to preserve that record, while the Revs will prove to be very tough opposition and they’re currently playing well. A draw seems the most likely result.

MLS Preview and Prediction: San Jose Earthquakes vs Columbus Crew

Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. Columbus Crew

Venue: Avaya Stadium – Saturday, May 16th – 10:30 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: San Jose Earthquakes 8/5 – Draw 11/5 – Columbus Crew 7/4

Match Preview

San Jose Earthquakes entertain Columbus Crew on Saturday evening as they look to build upon a three-game unbeaten streak. The Crew have won three of their last four, so both sides are looking strong heading into this tie.

Dominic Kinnear’s side picked up a point last weekend away at Colorado Rapids and he will be looking for his side to make home advantage count in this, the first of two home games on the bounce.

The Quakes have lost four games so far this season and are sitting fourth in the Western Conference. They are one of four sides on 14 points so they cannot afford to fall behind the pace in the chase for a playoff spot.

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Chris Wondolowski has five goals this season, contributing to half of his side’s overall tally of ten. He will be hoping for his teammates to start hitting form as Adam Jahn and Sanna Nyassi have just two goals between them.

Gregg Berhalter’s Crew are also on 14 points over in the Eastern Conference. They picked up an impressive three points at home to Seattle Sounders last weekend so their confidence will be sky-high heading into this one.

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Goals from Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain saw off the Sounders and the two have been in great form so far this season. Kamara is the joint leading scorer on seven from nine appearances this campaign and the Quakes will need to stop service into him to halt his brilliant run of form.

Team News

San Jose Earthquakes have five injury concerns going into the game as Mark Sherrod, Steven Lenhart, Shaun Francis, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi and Innocent Emeghara all remain sidelined. The Quakes have no suspensions to note.

Columbus Crew have just the one injury concern to Wil Trapp and Berhalter has no other worries with his squad heading into this one. Hernan Grana has left the team and returned to Argentina so Hector Jimenez is likely to start at right-back again.

Key Points

San Jose Earthquakes’ form: W/L/D/W/D

Columbus Crew’s form: D/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: Stalemate – The last four meetings between the sides have all ended in a draw.

Key Player: Kei Kamara – The Crew forward cannot be ignored as the key player for this tie. He boasts the equal best scoring form so far this season and is proving very difficult to stop.

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Score Prediction

San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 Columbus Crew – The sides once again will prove difficult to be separated. Crew haven’t won on the road in five and will be hard pushed to break that trend here as a score draw looks the most likely outcome.