MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Philadelphia Union

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union 

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, September 26 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 4/6 – Draw 3/1 – Philadelphia Union 15/4

Match Preview

New England Revolution host the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night and will look to recover their imperious form after suffering a 3-0 loss to Montreal last time out.

New England’s current form sees them in a strong position going into the playoffs as they look certain to be MLS Cup contenders once again. A win here will guarantee a playoff spot and the home fans will expect nothing less than three points.

Being only two points off the Eastern Conference leading Red Bulls, the Revs have a strong chance of still winning the conference, and with back-to-back MLS Cup finals a real possibility, the Revs are a force to be feared.

New England Revolution’s record in MLS: P30 – W13 – D7 – L10

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At the opposite end of the Eastern Conference are the Philadelphia Union, who have lost half of their 30 MLS games so far this year.

Currently sitting six points off Montreal Impact in the hunt for the last playoff spot, the Union are basically all but out of the race for that prestigious sixth spot, unless something truly special happens for them.

They are sitting second from bottom in the Supporters’ Shield standings with four games to play, so it’s been another tough season and there’s plenty of room to improve once more going into the next campaign.

Philadelphia Union’s record in MLS: P30 – W9 – D6 – L15

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Team News

New England Revolution are still without Darrius Barnes as he is still out with a torn patellar tendon. However, the rest of Jay Heaps’ squad are available and will be fighting for starting roles.

Philadelphia Union will be missing Jimmy McLaughlin through a concussion injury. Andrew Wenger, Fernando Aristeguieta and Brian Sylvestre are all doubts but could feature.

Key Points

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

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

Key Stat: New England have only lost once at home in their last 25 MLS matches.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – USMNT playmaker Nguyen is the gem of the pack and a huge asset to his side. Expect him to create countless chances and cause the Union’s defence real problems from the outset.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-0 Philadelphia Union – We’re not expecting any surprises here as New England are one of the teams to beat at the moment in MLS. And away from home, the Union have only managed three wins. Comfortable home win for us.

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Playoff Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs New England Revolution

The Eastern Conference Final kicks off on Sunday night with New England Revolution travelling to Red Bull Arena to take on the New York Red Bulls in the first-leg.

The Revolution have never won at Red Bull Arena and lost twice to New York during the regular season.

But the Revs are expected to come into the game at full strength seeing as Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen came home early from the USMNT’s mini-UK tour after facing Colombia last Friday.

The Red Bulls should be much of the same with their illustrious front three of Lloyd Sam, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Thierry Henry firing on all cylinders. While Peguy Luyindula will look to continue his fine run of form in the playmaking role.

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New York have made Red Bull Arena a bit of a fortress of late, having won nine out of their last ten at home. And have won back-to-back playoff games at home too as the days of home playoff losses could be over. New England will need to perform as they have been in recent weeks to change that.

New York Red Bulls Home Form: Played 19 – Won 12 – Drawn 4 – Lost 3

However, the Revs come into the game unbeaten in their last seven. And with the emergence of Charlie Davies and his recent proficiency, they haven’t had to rely on the outstanding Lee Nguyen as much.

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The MVP candidate has stayed sharp from his trip to the UK with the National team and will look to be the difference-maker once more.

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New York are the favorites here though, seeing as their home form has been superb. And they will want to lay down a marker for the second-leg while remaining tight at the back to try and ensure away goals don’t become a deciding factor.

Red Bull Arena is expected to be at full capacity as the club revealed they had sold out the stadium ahead of the first-leg this Sunday.

New England’s Away Form: Played 18 – Won 7 – Drawn 2 – Lost 9

The Revs have netted a staggering 11 goals in their last four away games and with Lee Nguyen in the form of his life, it would take a brave man to back against them getting at least one in New York.

This should be a cracker!

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – ‘MVLee’ scored 18 goals in the regular season and is integral to any MLS Cup hopes the Revs have. Classy player, always expect the unexpected.

Key Stat: New York have not lost to New England in 11 home games. The Revolution’s last win against the Red Bulls in MLS was in July 2012.

Prediction: New York Red Bulls 2 – 1 New England Revolution