MLS Preview and Prediction: Atlanta United vs New England Revolution

Major League Soccer: Atlanta United vs New England Revolution

Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Wednesday, September 13 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Atlanta 3/5 – Draw 3/1 – New England 4/1

Atlanta United vs New England Revolution: Preview

Atlanta United face New England Revolution at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday night, in what is a pivotal battle for the Eastern Conference’s playoff picture.

The hosts started life in their new stadium with a convincing 3-0 win over FC Dallas on Sunday night. The venue may have changed but the Five Stripes’ impressive home record continues. They have not lost in seven at home, scoring in every single home match this season.

Tata Martino will have been especially delighted with Sunday’s win as it ended a run of four games without victory. Atlanta sit sixth coming into Wednesday’s game, with this being one of their games in hand over the sides above them.

They are four points ahead of the Revolution in eighth place. But New England have played two games more so this is a huge game for the visitors.

The glaring problem for the Revs is that they haven’t won an away game all season. They are the only MLS team that can say that this year, not that you’ll hear New England fans voicing that fact with anything but a sense of despair.

But as things stand heading into the final stretch, the Revolution are still in a position to make the playoffs. Their home form is strong and they have put together a good run of form in recent weeks, winning five of their last eight.

They know they must start winning on the road to give themselves a realistic chance of making the postseason. But doing so at Atlanta United’s shiny new home, with over 40,000 fans roaring on poses an even trickier task than usual for the visitors.

This will be the first ever clash between the two sides. They will meet at Gillette Stadium in the reverse fixture on September 30. That will be Atlanta’s first road game after their current six-match home stretch ends in a few weeks.

Atlanta United vs New England Revolution: Team News

Atlanta United remain without goalkeeper Alec Kann. Kenwyne Jones remains a doubt with a knee problem. Tata Martino might make a few changes to his starting lineup, with Saturday’s game against Orlando City in mind.

New England Revolution remain without Kelyn Rowe. Lee Nguyen and Diego Fagundez recovered from knocks in time to face Montreal on Saturday and should be ready to go again here.

Atlanta United vs New England Revolution: Key Points

Atlanta United’s last five: D/D/L/D/W

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

Key Stat: New England Revolution are the team in MLS yet to win an away game this season. They have gone 0-10-3 away from Gillette Stadium in 2017.

Key Player: Josef Martinez – The pacey Atlanta forward has struggled to get a consistent run of games as a result of injuries all season. But when he’s played, he’s looked dangerous. He has ten goals and one assist in 12 games this term and will look to hurt the Revs defence, so long as he plays here.

Atlanta United vs New England Revolution: Prediction

Atlanta United 2-0 New England Revolution – While the Revolution have looked like a solid outfit in recent weeks, their terrible road record looks unlikely to end here. The Five Stripes are in high spirits. They’ve got an incredible new stadium to play in and will be looking to put on a show here. A win on Wednesday would put them into a seriously strong position, as far as playoff hopes go. That’s how we see it going. Home win.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Philadelphia Union vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs New England Revolution
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium – Sunday, July 2 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)
Match Odds: Philadelphia 11/10 – Draw 12/5 – New England 11/5

Match Preview

Philadelphia Union take on New England Revolution in an important Eastern Conference battle on Sunday evening. The two sides are separated by just a point as we enter the second half of the season, so this should be an exciting matchup.

Both will be disappointed to be outside the playoffs at the halfway point but they have more than enough time to turn their form around and make a charge for success over the next few months.

The Union snapped a three-game losing streak with their 1-0 win over DC United last weekend but followed that up with a disappointing penalty shootout loss to the New York Red Bulls in Wednesday’s US Open Cup clash.

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Jim Curtin’s men have won four of their last five MLS games at Talen Energy Stadium. That will feel the home fans with confidence ahead of this crunch tie.

New England had a lot more luck in their US Open Cup game on Wednesday. They edged past DC United 2-1 to pick spirits up after a tough couple of weeks. They’ve lost their last two league games and know this is a must-win game.



The Revs have really struggled away from home this season. They haven’t won a single game and have lost six of their nine road trips in MLS this term. They must end that worrying trend quickly to have any chance of securing a playoff spot come the end of October.

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This will be the 19th MLS meeting between the two sides and the first of two clashes in July, with the Revs hosting Philadelphia at the end of the month in the reverse fixture. The Union hold the advantage based on previous games, having won nine of the 18 matchups and outscoring the Revs 31-24.

Team News

Philadelphia Union will once again be without captain Alejandro Bedoya as a result of his involvement with the USMNT for the upcoming Gold Cup. Maurice Edu remains out through injury, along with Richie Marquez, Brian Carroll, Fabian Herbers and Warren Creavalle.

New England travel to Philly without Xavier Kouassi, who is struggling with a thigh strain, while fellow midfielder Daigo Kobayashi is a doubt with a hamstring injury. Juan Agudelo is away with the USMNT squad for their friendly with Ghana on Saturday and won’t be involved here.

Key Points

Philadelphia Union’s form: W/L/L/L/W

NE Revolution’s form: L/D/W/L/L

Key Stat: New England are the only Eastern Conference side yet to win an away game in MLS in 2017. They have picked up just three points from a possible 27 on the road.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – If New England are going to take anything from Sunday’s clash, they’ll need their star man to put in a strong performance. He has six goals and seven assists in 17 games this season and will expect to add to that tally against a Philadelphia side that have conceded more home goals than any other side in the East this campaign.

Score Prediction

Philadelphia Union 2-1 New England Revolution – This is likely to be a close-fought battle in what is an important clash between two sides that need three points to get back into playoff contention. New England’s terrible away form makes it hard to see them winning here. While the Union will hope to keep their good run at Talen Energy Stadium going by picking up another narrow victory. Both will expect to score but this one should be close.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs San Jose Earthquakes

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Venue: Gillette Stadium – Wednesday, April 19 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST) 
Match Odds: New England 3/4 – Draw 5/2 – San Jose 100/30

Match Preview

New England Revolution take on San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night as Week 8 starts early in a clash between two sides that have been inconsistent through the first few weeks of the 2017 season.

The Revs fell 3-0 in Chicago on Saturday, with the early dismissal of Je-Vaughn Watson doing little to help their cause. The Fire dominated the game thereafter and handed New England a third away loss of the season.

Jay Heaps has a talented squad at his disposal again this season, but their inconsistency is proven by the fact that they have only won back-to-back MLS games once in the past 13 months.

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The boost for them this week is that they have two games on home soil to try and climb up the Eastern Conference. They welcome DC United to Gillette Stadium on Saturday after the visit of San Jose on Wednesday and many will feel the Revs have a strong chance of picking up maximum points from the two games.

San Jose tend to struggle on the road, while New England have won both of their home games so far this season, with both coming against Western opposition.

The Earthquakes come into this midweek game off the back of a dramatic 1-1 draw at home to FC Dallas on Friday night. The Quakes looked beaten but got the all-important equaliser with just seconds remaining in stoppage time.

That last-gasp Jahmir Hyka goal made it back-to-back draws for the Earthquakes, who are without a win in four after opening the season with consecutive home win.

Their only two road trips so far have ended in 2-1 losses to Sporting Kansas City and New York City FC, so it’s easy to understand why they are underdogs for Wednesday’s trip to Foxborough.

These two sides met once last season, drawing 0-0 at Avaya Stadium in late August. New England had won three in a row prior to that, with San Jose’s last win against the Revs coming five years ago.

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Team News

New England boss Jay Heaps is fortunate to have no injuries to worry about ahead of the visit of San Jose. However, Je-Vaughn Watson will miss out after being sent off in the 3-0 loss at Chicago. Heaps is likely to make a few alterations to keep the squad fresh ahead of the weekend visit of DC United.

San Jose head coach Dominic Kinnear will be tempted to name an unchanged side to the one that fought back to earn a draw against Dallas but he also had another Week 8 game to consider. Quincy Amarikwa remains out, along with Marvell Wynne, Marc Pelosi and Harold Cummings. Simon Dawkins and Andres Imperiale are still listed as ‘questionable’.

Key Points

NE Revolution’s form: L/W/D/W/L

SJ Earthquakes’ form: W/L/L/D/D

Key Stat: San Jose Earthquakes haven’t won an away game in MLS since August. They have now only picked up one road win in their last 21 regular season games.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – The Revs have hardly set the world alight so far this season but Lee Nguyen has looked impressive, scoring three goals and picking up one assist in six outings so far. Most the Revolution’s best play will come through him and he’ll be looking to unlock the San Jose defence from the outset.

Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes – San Jose have already lost two away games 2-1 this year and they could be set for a third defeat by the same scoreline on Wednesday. The Quakes are an attacking threat but struggle to keep opponents out away from home. New England have scored seven in their two home games so far and will expect to pick up three points in the first of two matches in front of their own fans this week.