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
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.
Incredible to think that this is @ATLUTD's inaugural season.
— MLSGB (@MLSGB_) September 11, 2017
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.
— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) September 10, 2017
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.
.@JosefMartinez17 wasting no time 👊
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) September 10, 2017
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.