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.