New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union | 2018 MLS Preview and Prediction

Major League Soccer: New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union

Red Bull Arena – Saturday, May 26th 2018 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

UK TV Coverage – Live on Sky Sports Football

New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union: Preview

Saturday evening sees New York Red Bulls welcome Philadelphia Union to Red Bull Arena. The Eastern Conference rivals are separated by seven points ahead of the tie.

It’s been a very good run of form for the home side. They have won four on the bounce, coming into the game off the back of their 3-1 away win against Atlanta.

That win last time out was made all the more impressive as Jesse Marsch’s side came back from 1-0 to take all three points back to New York. More of the same will be expected from the Red Bulls faithful here.

Philadelphia Union have bounced back. They have won their last two after losing two on the bounce and now is the time for them to find some consistency.

A 4-1 win last time out against RSL was exactly the kind of performance the Union needed to produce having previously won 2-0 against Montreal.

If history is anything to go by, Philadelphia fans can expect a difficult game with a slim chance of taking anything away with them – managing just one win in the all-time series on the road.

New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union: Team News

New York Red Bulls

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: Marc Rzatkowski (calf injury), Kemar Lawrence (head injury) and Tyler Adams (knee).

🌏 International Duty: Fidel Escobar and Derrick Etienne Jr.

🚑 Out: Kyle Duncan (torn right ACL) and Luis Robles (knee injury).

Philadelphia

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: None.

🌏 International Duty: None.

🚑 Out: Richie Marquez (sports hernia surgery) and Joshua Yaro (concussion).

New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union: Key Stats

New York Red Bulls’ MLS form: L/W/W/W/W

Philadelphia Union’s MLS form: W/L/L/W/W

Key stat: Philadelphia Union have won just once away at New York Red Bulls in the all-time series.

New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union: Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-1 Philadelphia Union: Despite winning three of their last five, Philadelphia Union have struggled to make much of an impact away against New York Red Bulls. Jesse Marsch will be expecting his side to continue their winning streak but will be more than aware of the threat the Union pose.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Houston Dynamo

Competition: Major League Soccer Fixture: Vancouver Whitecaps Vs. Houston Dynamo

Venue: BC Place – Saturday, March 26 – 23:00 ET (03:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Vancouver Whitecaps 3/4 – Draw 13/5 – Houston Dynamo 15/4

Match Preview

Vancouver Whitecaps welcome Houston Dynamo to BC Place on Saturday night looking to get their second win of the season against their Western Conference rivals. The Dynamo will be looking to get a third victory in four matches after a fine start to the campaign.

The Whitecaps sit in unfamiliar territory in ninth place after three weeks. They will rue missed chances from their opening games, particularly in the loss to Montreal on opening weekend, and need to pick back up now.

Of the three fixtures played, Seattle Sounders would of looked, on paper at least, as the toughest   opening game but they overcame Sigi Schmid’s men by a 2-1 scoreline last week.

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Pedro Morales netted two penalties in that victory, taking his tally to three for the season – with all goals coming from the spot.

Vancouver now have back-to-back home games and they must make them count as they try to climb the table or questions will start to be asked of their credentials.

Houston Dynamo are the league’s top scorers with eleven goals so far – the most of any MLS team after three games in history. Will Bruin is a man in form at the moment with three goals to his name and is the league’s joint top scorer.

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They will consider themselves unfortunate that they lost against the New York Red Bulls 4-3 last Saturday, having been 3-1 up, but they must now show their resilience by bouncing back here.

Owen Coyle will be satisfied with the start the Dynamo have made to their campaign and they could still have many more surprises up their sleeve as the season unfolds.

Team News

Vancouver Whitecaps have a few players on international duty with Marco Carducci, Kendall Waston, Tim Parker, Christian Dean, Blas Perez, Christian Bolanos and Marco Bustos all away with their national teams. A calf strain keeps Russell Teibert out of the clash.

Houston Dynamo will likely be without captain Giles Barnes, who is struggling with a hamstring injury. Cristian Maidana has a concussion ruling him out, while Tyler Deric is also out with an abdominal injury. Oscar Boniek Garcia is away on international duty as is Erick Torres.

Key Points

Vancouver Whitecaps’ form: L/L/W

Houston Dynamo’s form: W/W/L

Key Stat: Houston Dynamo have never won at BC place.

Key Player: Pedro Morales – The Vancouver captain has three goals already this season. He is a leader on the pitch and is so vital to this Whitecaps side that need to start putting wins on the board. The Chilean has plenty about his game and will want to keep up the impressive form for the Whitecaps against their Western Conference rivals.

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Score Prediction 

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Houston Dynamo – Both teams are more than capable of scoring goals, there is no doubt about it. A draw would likely be a fair result because of the international break, causing disruptions for the hosts as they have several internationals in their side. It would be seen as a good point if Dynamo get anything from it and they will expect to in what could be a tight affair.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. Montreal Impact 

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Saturday, August 1 – 12:00 ET (19:00 BST)

Match Odds: New York City FC  1/1 – Draw 14/5 – Montreal Impact 12/5

Match Preview

New York City host Montreal Impact on Saturday night and both sides will be hoping to keep up winning ways after both emerging victorious last time out.

Both teams come into this game level on 24 points in the Eastern Conference. However, Montreal have three games in hand on NYCFC and will be looking to open up a three point gap with a victory away from home in this one.

New York City have only kept three clean sheets all season which is something they will be looking to put right in the upcoming fixture against Montreal and will hope the arrival of Andrea Pirlo can fix things in all areas of the field.

New York City FC’s 2015 record in MLS: P21 – W6 – D6 – L9

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Montreal will be looking to overturn their poor form away from home and will be hoping to add just their second road win of the season in this one. As well as looking to improve upon their away form they will also be looking to shore things up at the back after conceding 18 goals whilst on their travels.

With only one clean sheet away from home all season, Montreal will hope that their attackers are in top form if they have any chance of sealing all three points.

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The arrival of Didier Drogba is a huge coup for the club and he will instill a winning mentality in the side as they look to make the playoffs.

Montreal Impact’s 2015 record in MLS: P18 – W7 – D3 – L8

The previous game at Yankee Stadium ended 3-1 in favour of NYCFC and the MLS Expansion Franchise then won 2-1 in Montreal so they’ll be looking for a clean sweep here.

Team News

New York City FC are without George John, Tony Taylor and Connor Brandt through injury. Frank Lampard, Khiry Shelton, Ryan Meara and Chris Wingert are all doubts but could feature. Mehdi Ballouchy and Jason Hernandez are both serving suspensions.

Montreal Impact are missing Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper and Eric Alexander through injury. Hassoun Camara and Justin Mapp are both doubts.

Key Points

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

Montreal Impact’s last five: D/L/W/L/W 

Key Stat: Montreal have only registred one away win in their last 26 matches in MLS.

Key Player: David Villa (New York City) – He has been in great form all season and continued last week by scoring twice in a 5-3 victory. With Montreal known for conceding goals away from home we cannot see past the Spaniard continuing his fine form and netting again Saturday night.

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Score Prediction

New York City 3-2 Montreal Impact – With New York’s poor home form and Montreal’s poor away form, it’s tough to see anything but a home win. This game will be end-to-end with lots of goals but it’s NYCFC who are most likely to come out victorious.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs Colorado Rapids

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, July 18 – 22:00 ET (03:00 BST)

Match Odds: Seattle Sounders 11/10 – Draw 9/4 – Colorado Rapids 13/5

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders face Colorado Rapids for the third time this season as the Sounders look to get back to winning ways after this loss last week away at Chicago Fire. While the Rapids will look to not end up on the receiving end of a third loss to the hosts this term.

Seattle may be sitting at the top of the Western Conference but they have been less than convincing since Clint Dempsey picked up his red card in the US Open Cup. One win in their last five in MLS has seen the mighty fall greatly in terms of performances and results.

Seattle are on level points with second placed sides FC Dallas and Vancouver Whitecaps with first and sixth place in the Western separated by just two points.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

With Obafemi Martins also injured for this one, Chad Barrett will likely earn another start and fill in for the Nigerian who is expected to be out for a number of weeks.

With six games left at home, the Sounders need home comforts to sustain their position in the playoff places as failure to make the top six would be seen as a major disappointment from the supporters’ perspective.

Last weekend saw Colorado Rapids pick up a 3-1 victory over Rocky Mountain Cup rivals Real Salt Lake in a compelling match down at the lower end of the Western.

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Colorado are still nine points away from the playoff places as it looks as though several draws and failure to win matches is what will cost the Rapids a precious spot in the top six come the end of the regular season.

In their back-to-back wins coming into this one, they scored five goals with five different players getting on the scoresheet.

They will now look to win in Seattle for a first time. That will be no easy achievement as the Sounders have won nine of the last ten home games between the two.

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The previous fixture saw Seattle Sounders win 1-0 at CenturyLink Field, compliments of a Marco Pappa goal, while the meeting in Colorado ended 3-1 to last year’s Supporters’ Shield champions.

Team News

Seattle Sounders will miss Obafemi Martins (adductor) Andres Correa could be brought back and also Stefen Frei.  The Sounders will also miss Marco Pappa, Brad Evans and Clint Dempsey due to playing in the Gold Cup

Colorado Rapids will be without Luis Solignac (hamstring), but could welcome back both Axel Sjoberg and Dillon Serna. Bobby Burling will miss out due to suspension. Gabriel Torres is away on international duty.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders last five in MLS: L/L/L/W/L

Colorado Rapids last five in MLS: D/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: Although they are at opposite ends of the table, both sides have conceded 29 goals so far this term.

Key Player: Chad Barrett – The 30-year-old attacker has three goals this season. When Martins and Dempsey have been missing, he has shown he has got talent to find the back of the net and he has the task of getting the goals to break down a resilient Colorado Rapids defence on Saturday night.

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Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 2-0 Colorado Rapids – History suggests Seattle will be comfortable winners, which is likely seeing as they have more star quality in the side. Even with injuries and international absentees affecting them, the Sounders still look stronger. Home win.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Philadelphia Union vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers

Venue: PPL Park – Saturday, July 11 19:00 ET (Sunday, July 12 00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 6/4 – Draw 23/10 – Portland Timbers 7/4

Match Preview

Philadelphia Union take on Portland Timbers in this tasty clash on Saturday night for the first and only time the two teams will meet this season.

Philadelphia Union sit eighth in the Eastern Conference and come into this one off the back of a 2-2 draw at home to Montreal Impact. Captain Maurice Edu bagged his first goal of the season but had to settle for just a point.

PPL Park isn’t quite the fortress it should be, as Union have only won four times at home. The Union have been inconsistent, causing upsets with victories over highflying teams in MLS but then going on to lose or draw to the teams around them and it fails to give them the momentum to put together a decent run.

They play back-to-back away games after this tie, with visits to Toronto FC and DC United, two very tough fixtures, so a win against the highflying Timbers would be three very valuable points.

Eric Ayuk Mbu also got on the scoresheet last time out and he will be feeling ready to fire for the Union and help his side seek out a win.

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Portland Timbers sit just one place off top spot in the Western Conference, after what was a slow start failing to win in their opening four matches.

Portland Timbers lead the form table ahead of Western Conference side Sporting Kansas City. Their only defeat in their last seven was the 5-0 demolition by LA Galaxy but their heads have not dropped since that crushing loss, conceeding one goal in their last two.

Jack Jewsbury is becoming a late goal specialist with his second 90th minute winner against San Jose Earthquakes, this follows his previous winner against Colorado Rapids.

Five defeats on the road for Timbers is what is halting them for taking complete dominance in the Supporters’ Shield standings, where they currently sit fifth.

Last season, the two teams played out a 1-1 draw.

Can Portland Timbers do what Supporters’ Shield leaders DC United did and win at PPL Park?

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Team News

Injuries decimate both teams as Philadelphia Union will miss Sebastien Le Toux (knee), Michael Lahoud (quad), Fernando Aristeguieta (fibula), Conor Casey (quad), Steven Vitoria (hamstring DNP). Andre Blake is playing at the Gold Cup with Jamaica.

Portland Timbers will be without Ben Zemanski (ACL), Diego Chara (ankle), Darlington Nagbe (shoulder), Norberto Paparatto (calf). Alvas Powell is away on Gold Cup duty with Jamaica.

Key Points

Philadelphia Union last five in MLS: W/L/L/W/D

Portland Timbers last five in MLS: W/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: Philadelphia Union have never beaten Portland Timbers in the five meetings between the two.

Key Player: Fanendo Adi – The Nigerian is Portland’s top scorer on eight. the Union will need to stop his attacking threats.

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Score Prediction:

Philadelphia Union 1-2 Portland Timbers – History suggests Portland Timbers will come out on top, they haven’t lost to the Union and with their rich vein of form you can’t bet against them. A close encounter but it looks like it could be a win for the away side.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Columbus Crew vs LA Galaxy

Competition: Major League Soccer – Columbus Crew vs. LA Galaxy 

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium – Saturday, June 13 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: Columbus Crew 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – LA Galaxy 5/2

Match Preview

Columbus Crew host a below-par LA Galaxy team on Saturday night as the home side look to end a winless run of six.

The Crew have been out of sorts recently despite showing early promise and with one win in their last seven they are very much on a downward slope.

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However, they will take confidence knowing they won the same fixture last year 4-1 and the fact that all four of their wins have come at home this season will fill supporters with confidence.

Columbus Crew’s 2015 MLS record: P14 – W4 – D4 – L6

LA Galaxy are a team lacking conviction and a clear identity as manager Bruce Arena has struggled to cope with injuries this term, having failed to name the same starting XI back-to-back thus far.

With the reigning MLS Cup champions failing to win away from home this campaign, they will struggle to challenge for the title again should that not change soon.

LA Galaxy’s 2015 MLS record: P16 – W5 – D6 – L5

And now that their long-standing home record in the league has ended with the 1-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps last weekend, the Galaxy are in dire need of a winning run as we approach the midpoint of the season.

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This is a game between two sides desperate to win as they both need to start climbing their respective conferences after failing to live up to potential so far.

Team News

Columbus Crew may be without Wil Trapp, Chris Klute and Matt Lampson as they all remain doubtful. Emanuel Pogatetz may return to the starting lineup after being benched in the 2-1 loss to Montreal Impact. Justin Meram is unlikely to return from international duty in time to feature.

LA Galaxy remain without goalkeeper Brian Perk who is out for the season. Jose Villarreal, Robbie Rogers, Todd Dunivant and Dan Gargan are all doubts for the clash. Robbie Keane will be with the Ireland team, while AJ DeLaGarza and Bradford Jamieson IV are also away on international duty.

Key Points

Columbus Crew’s last five: L/D/D/L/L

LA Galaxy’s last five: L/W/W/D/L

Key Stat: LA Galaxy haven’t won away from home in their last 14 matches in MLS.

Key Player: Kei Kamara – The powerful forward may not be in the best form of late but he has still netted 10 times this season and has six in his last five at MAPFRE Stadium.

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Score Prediction

Columbus Crew 1-1 LA Galaxy – Honours even in this one. Columbus are normally good at home and Galaxy can’t seem to win away. But with neither playing to their potential this looks set to end as a score draw.

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.

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.