New England Revolution vs New York City FC | 2018 MLS Preview and Prediction

Major League Soccer: New England Revolution vs New York City FC

Gillette Stadium – Saturday, March 24 2018 – 13:30 ET (17:30 GMT)

New England Revolution vs New York City FC: Preview

New England Revolution welcome high-flying New York City FC to Gillette Stadium in the first of just six MLS fixtures on Saturday evening as a result of the international break.

The Revs should be feeling well rested following their Week 3 bye and will be looking to extend their unbeaten run at Gillette Stadium to ten games. They beat Colorado Rapids 2-1 last time out, giving Brad Friedel his first coaching win in dramatic style, with Chris Tierney scoring the winning free-kick in stoppage time.

The hosts opened the season with a 2-0 road loss at Philadelphia in which both centre-backs were sent off. But both Antonio Delamea and Claude Dielna return from suspension and will be available again here.

New York City have made a perfect start to the 2018 season. They are 3-0-0 for the first time in franchise history and come into this one off the back of a 2-0 win over Orlando City last weekend. That win was all the more impressive given the number of absences Patrick Vieira had to deal with.

NYCFC midfielder Maxi Morales (10) celebrates a second-half goal in an MLS game between NYCFC and Orlando City SC at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., USA, on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Photo: Ashley Marshall

Selecting a team doesn’t get any easier this week though, as David Villa is still a doubt with a calf strain, while Alex Ring and Rodney Wallace are away on international duty. NYCFC have scored two goals in each of their three games so far, conceding just once. They will be looking to further stamp their authority down when they travel to New England here.

This will be the 10th MLS clash between the Eastern Conference rivals. The Revs have won four of the previous nine games, with NYCFC taking three victories. The Revs won the most recent meeting 2-1 back in October at Gillette Stadium. NYCFC had won by the same scoreline at Yankee Stadium two months before that, while they also played out a 2-2 draw in New York last June.

New England Revolution vs New York City FC: Team News

New England Revolution

🌎 International duty: Krisztian Nemeth (Hungary)

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: Gabriel Somi (concussion), Zachary Herivaux (ankle).

🚑 Out: None.

New York City FC

🌎 International duty: Rodney Wallace (Costa Rica), Alex Ring (Finland)

❌ Suspensions: None.

❓ Doubts: David Villa (calf).

🚑 Out: Ronald Matarrita (hamstring).

New England Revolution vs New York City FC: Key Stats

New England Revolution’s MLS form: L/W

NYCFC’s MLS form: W/W/W

Key stat: There has been a red card in each of the four games between these two sides at Gillette Stadium. The Revs have picked up one of those. But NYCFC have had a man sent off in three of their four trips to Foxborough.

New England Revolution vs New York City FC: Prediction

New England Revolution 2-2 NYCFC: There are usually goals when these two sides face off. The Revs should be fresh following their bye week and have had a long time to prepare for a dangerous NYCFC side. The worry for Vieira’s men is that David Villa may miss out again here, while the absence of Alex Ring in midfield will be noticeable. Both sides will fancy their chances but it’s hard to see NYCFC getting beaten. Score draw.


2018 Key Transfers: New England Revolution

With the 2018 MLS season drawing ever closer, we will be running through the standout transfers for all 23 teams over the course of the winter transfer window. There have been a number of key signings and significant trades which should ensure the new season is as exciting as ever before. Today we take a look at New England Revolution and their key signings ahead of the 2018 MLS season…

The 2017 season wasn’t one New England Revolution fans will remember fondly. The team finished seventh in the Eastern Conference for the second successive season. Their 13-15-6 record wasn’t terrible but the squad underperformed and conceded far too many goals. Only LA Galaxy and Minnesota United conceded more goals than the Revs (61) last time out. Brad Friedel has replaced Jay Heaps as the new head coach and Revs fans will hope his arrival ensures the defence is more solid in 2018 as they look to return to the playoffs. Lee Nguyen’s future remains unclear as the playmaker still wants out. He has returned to preseason training but it looks like being a long and potentially damaging transfer saga for both the club and the player…

Key Signings

Cristian Penilla: With Kei Kamara leaving (more on that below), New England had to ensure they brought in a fresh attacking option. The man they have turned to is Ecuadorian striker Cristian Penilla. The 26-year-old has played in the top flight in Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico, playing over 200 games. He joins New England on loan but with the option to buy at the end of the season. He might end up being a Designated Player for the Revs, but they are also considering using Targeted Allocation Money to buy down his contract if another big signing is made.

Jalil Anibaba: The Revs addressed their defensive issues by signing experienced MLS defender Anibaba. The 29-year-old joins the club after leaving Houston at the end of the 2017 campaign. He has played 166 regular season games since 2011 for Chicago, Seattle, Sporting KC and Houston. He might not be a regular starter but he’ll add some vital depth across the entire backline.

Wilfried Zahibo: Expect to see a lot of Zahibo in 2018. The French midfielder is a powerful ball-winner, who is vastly experienced despite being just 24. He joins the Revs on a free transfer after leaving Spanish second division side Gimnastic de Tarragona. He has previously played for Ajaccio, Fuenlabrada and Valencia. Friedel is likely to use Zahibo alongside Scott Caldwell in the centre of midfield.

Gabriel Somi: Another defensive addition, Somi is a Swedish-born Syrian who is most comfortable at left-back, but can play a number of positions. He joins on a free after departing Östersunds FK, who have been one of the Europa League’s success stories in 2017/18.

Notable Departures

Kei Kamara: The powerful striker has moved on after one-and-a-half seasons. It comes as no surprise after the player admitted he had never completely settled following his move from Columbus Crew midway through the 2016 season. His next challenge will be in Vancouver, after the Canadian side sent the Revs their first-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft in a trade for Kamara. He scored 12 goals and assisted five more in 31 games in 2017.

Benjamin Angoua: The 31-year-old defender leaves New England after just one season. He played 26 games and the club had the option to make his loan move permanent but declined after the Revs struggled so badly at the back in 2017.  He has since returned to France with Guingamp.

Xavier Kouassi: The midfield enforcer is perhaps unfortunate to have been moved on after just two seasons. Kouassi joined the Revs as a Designated Player in 2016 but was ruled out for the season after picking up a serious injury almost immediately. He played 23 games in 2017 and was impressive when healthy. However, New England decided not to give him one more season and have replaced him with Zahibo.

Gershon Koffie: Another midfielder to have left is Gershon Koffie. The 26-year-old has returned to Swedish side Hammarby after his loan expired. He played 23 games last season but couldn’t really stamp his mark on the midfield, despite his reputation of being a tough-tackling box-to-box engine. His departure, along with Kouassi’s and Daigo Kobayashi’s means the Revs will have a very different midfield in 2018.

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.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

[Competition]: New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

Gillette Stadium – Saturday, September 9 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England 7/10 – Draw 11/4 – Montreal 7/2

New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact: Preview

New England Revolution take on Montreal Impact on Saturday night in pivotal clash in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. The two sides come into the weekend separated by four points but just one point in the standings. However, neither are currently above the red line.

The Revs have been inconsistent all season. They haven’t put more than two consecutive wins together all season. But they do remain a force at home.

New England have won their last four MLS outings at Gillette Stadium, scoring 12 goals and conceding just three in that run. They come into the weekend as favourites to make it five-straight home victories. If they are going to make the playoffs, they’re going to do so by relying on their home form.

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Montreal looked to be flying until back-to-back home defeats to Toronto and Chicago halted them. They had won four-straight games before the clash with rivals Toronto two weeks ago. Chicago then added to their woes with a surprise 1-0 win at Stade Saputo last week.

The Impact know they are still in a strong position to make the postseason heading into the weekend. They are six points behind Columbus in fourth, but have two games in hand over them. If they can avoid defeat to New England, they will ensure they are looking above, rather than behind for the rest of the way.

It was unthinkable that Montreal would be in the playoff conversation heading into August. They had only recorded six wins from their first 20 games before that four-match win streak sparked them into life.

There is a worry that the wind has been taken out of their sails after their last two games. But they have a great chance to show their fighting spirit at New England on Saturday.

This will be the first of two meetings between the two sides this season. They will face up again on the final weekend of the season in Montreal in what is likely to be an even more important clash.

New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact: Team News

New England will be without Kelyn Rowe once again as he remains out for a few more weeks. Diego Fagundez is expected to be “in the mix”, according to Jay Heaps after missing last week’s win over Orlando.

Montreal Impact are still without long-term absentee Ambroise Oyongo. They will also be without Deian Boldor after the Romanian defender picked up a red card on his MLS debut last weekend.

New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact: Key Points

NE Revolution’s last five: L/W/L/L/W

Montreal’s last five: W/W/W/L/L

Key Stat: Both New England and Montreal have gone 12 consecutive MLS games without drawing. The Revs have 5-7-0 since their last draw on June 1. Montreal have gone 6-6-0 since their last league draw on June 18.

Key Player: Kei Kamara – The New England striker scored the first MLS hat-trick of his career in the 4-0 win over Orlando last time out. It’s incredible to think he had to wait that long, but the powerful frontman should be in full confidence on Saturday. Montreal haven’t kept a clean sheet in three games and Kamara will fancy his chances of adding to his tally.

New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact: Prediction

New England Revolution 3-1 Montreal Impact – Recent form suggests this is highly unlikely to end all square. Neither side has drawn a game for three months and both know they can’t afford to settle for a point. New England are a much stronger force at home. They’ve won four on the spin at Gillette Stadium and will be confident of making that five. Montreal looked to be in great form but back-to-back losses has halted momentum. The Revs can move to within a point of the Impact with a win, and that’s how we see this one going.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs New England Revolution

Major League Soccer: New York City FC vs New England Revolution

Yankee Stadium – Sunday, August 20 – 18:00 ET (23:00 BST)

Match Odds: NYCFC 8/13 – Draw 16/5 – New England 100/30

New York City FC vs New England Revolution: Preview

New York City FC welcome New England Revolution to Yankee Stadium on Sunday night in what is a key Eastern Conference clash for both sides. The hosts know they need to win to keep on track with Toronto FC at the top of the standings. The visitors need to win to keep playoff hopes alive.

NYCFC have won back-to-back games against the Red Bulls and LA Galaxy coming into the weekend. They impressed in both outings and Patrick Vieira will be delighted with a return of six points. They are expected to win on Sunday. But must ensure they stay level-headed at a crucial stage of the season.

They are unbeaten in eight home games and have outscored their opponents 19-11 in that time. Games at Yankee Stadium tend to produce goals. And lots of them.

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That should give New England some encouragement. The Revs haven’t won a single game away from home this season. But they have picked up their form in recent weeks, winning their last three at home.

Jay Heaps’ side are 10th in the East coming into the weekend. They sit six points behind Atlanta United in 6th place and have played one game more. If they want to make the playoffs, they must start taking points from games like this, even if it’s just one.

New England’s playoff hopes are hanging by a thread. But they know their fate lies in their own hands as their fixture list is kind over the next few weeks. The Revs play four of the other six teams in the bottom half of the East over the next month, with home games against Orlando and Montreal coming up.

This will be the second of three clashes between NYCFC and the Revs this season. They have already met at Yankee Stadium, drawing 2-2 in June. NYCFC led twice on that day but Xavier Kouassi scored in the final five minutes to earn the Revs a point. They will meet at Gillette Stadium on the penultimate weekend of the regular season.

New York City FC vs New England Revolution: Team News

Patrick Vieira will be without Ronald Matarrita, Miguel Camargo, James Sands and Maxime Chanot. All four are sidelined with ongoing injury problems. Alexander Ring and Ethan White will sit out of Sunday’s game after picking up suspensions for yellow card accumulation.

New England Revolution have no injury worries, which is a huge boost for Jay Heaps at this stage of the campaign. However, Je-Vaughn Watson is suspended and won’t be involved.

New York City FC vs New England Revolution: Key Points

NYCFC’s last five: D/W/L/W/W

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

Key Stat: New England Revolution are still the only Eastern Conference side yet to win a single game this season. They have lost eight of their 11 road games this term, scoring just nine times.

Key Player: David Villa – The Spanish striker is the league’s leading scorer coming into the weekend. He has 18 goals in 23 games and has seven assists on top of that. If the Revs fail to deal with him, he’ll likely cause chaos for the opposition again here.

New York City FC vs New England Revolution: Prediction

New York City FC 3-1 New England Revolution – NYCFC are the much stronger side on paper. However, they struggle to keep clean sheets at home and New England will take confidence from that. The Revs have been abysmal away from home this season, but are starting to find some form at a crucial stage of the season. That said, NYCFC should record a third-straight home win without too much trouble on Sunday evening.

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 York Red Bulls vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Saturday, May 27 –19:30 EDT (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New York Red Bulls 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – New England Revolution 3/1

Match Preview

Late on Saturday night, New York Red Bulls play host to New England Revolution, who make the trip to the Big Apple as they look to make it three wins on the bounce.

Both sides are set up to kick on now as they have eased into the new season and with a third of the season done, its time the two pushed on for playoff places.

New York have experimented with younger players this year as Tyler Adams and Derrick Etienne have enjoyed some game time and impressed. However, the loss of Gideon Baah has hurt the defensive solidarity that usually separates the Red Bulls from title rivals.

Without a win in four, the Red Bulls are desperate for  a win, and with the Revolution picking up a bit of form, this could be the worst time of the season to play them.

As mentioned, New England are in form, winning their last two and losing only once in their last six. However, the last five meetings between the two sides in Major League Soccer have seen the team playing at home win the match.  This could be a exiting encounter.

The Revs are just one point behind Red Bulls ahead of this tie and a win for the away side could potentially move them up three places into 5th providing results go their way.

Team News

New York Red Bulls are without Gideon Baah for the season with a broken leg. Aurelien Collin has an abdominal strain and is listed as doubtful.

New England Revolution only have one injury concern, with Juan Agudelo listed as questionable. Andrew Farrell will miss the game through suspension, he was sent off in the dying minutes of the 2-1 win over Columbus last week.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ last five: W/L/L/L/D

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

Key Stat: New England have not won away from home in their last eight matches in Major League Soccer.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – New England’s most influential player by a mile. Playing away from home whilst in form, we expect a strong performance from the USMNT maverick.

Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-2 New England Revolution – Both teams are underperforming in our eyes and we see a few goals flying in. Too tough to call, so we’re going to say a score draw.

Gallery: Exclusive photos from Seattle’s incredible comeback over New England

Seattle Sounders produced an incredible late comeback to rescue a point at home to New England Revolution on Saturday, scoring three goals in the final 15 minutes to stun the visitors.

The Revs started well and found themselves 2-0 up through 26 minutes and on course for a first away win of the season. They must have thought they were cruising when Juan Agudelo made it 3-0 nine minutes into the second half, but Seattle weren’t giving up.

Brian Schmetzer sent Harry Shipp on and Seattle started to dominate. Nicolas Lodeiro’s deflected goal on 75 minutes gave the home fans a glimmer of hope, before Will Bruin made it 3-2 ten minutes later.

Then, with just two minutes to go, Osvaldo Alonso headed in from close range to send CenturyLink Field into raptures. Both sides left with a point, but given the manner of the result, New England will have felt like they’d left Seattle with a defeat.

Check out exclusive photos from Saturday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Denise McCooey.

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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.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. New England Revolution
Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, April 2 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST) 
Match Odds: Portland 4/6 – Draw 14/5 – New England 15/4

Match Preview

Portland Timbers will look to keep their 100% home record going when they welcome New England Revolution to Providence Park in Sunday’s lone MLS fixture.

The Timbers suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend, losing 3-2 in Columbus. They were weakened by the loss of Darlington Nagbe and David Guzman, who were away on international duty but will expect to bounce back with another home victory here.

Portland have outscored their opponents 9-3 in their two home victories over Minnesota and Houston so far and will be out to attack a vulnerable New England defence from the outset on Sunday night.

Caleb Porter’s side look like genuine MLS Cup contenders again this season. It is only Week 5 but they have all the tools to enjoy success this term and now need to deliver on their potential.

New England got off the mark for the season in their home opener against Minnesota last weekend, winning 5-2 in what was a much needed result for Jay Heaps and his players.

They have been better than their 1-2-0 record suggests so far, with the 2-1 loss at Dallas in Week 3 particularly harsh after an encouraging performance on the road.

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They know they are in for a real test if they are to keep the Portland attack quiet this weekend. The Revs have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and haven’t kept one on the road since August.

This will be the eighth MLS clash between these two sides. Four of the previous seven games have ended in draws, proving there is often very little to choose between the two. New England have still never scored a goal at Providence Park in MLS.

Team News

Portland defender Vytas and Liam Ridgewell are both still doubts but are in contention to start here, although Gbenga Arokoyo remains sidelined. Darlington Nagbe and David Guzman should return to the starting lineup after returning from international duty.

New England have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to the Rose City, with Zachary Herivaux the only player still struggling with any kind of knock.

Key Points

Portland Timbers’ form: W/W/W/L

New England Revolution’ form: L/L/W

Key Stat: Road woes – New England have lost their last four away games in MLS, scoring just two goals in that run. They have never scored away at Portland in Major League Soccer.

Key Player: Fanendo Adi – The big Timbers striker has already bagged four in four this season. He’s looking a threat every time Portland drive forward and he’ll be looking to cause the New England defenders all kinds of problems on Sunday night. He scored twice in the final five minutes last time these sides met in Portland and it’s not difficult to see him getting another brace here.

Score Prediction

Portland Timbers 3-0 New England Revolution – New England showed us all how dangerous they can be on the break in last week’s win over the weak Minnesota defence but Portland will offer a whole different challenge for the Eastern Conference side to overcome. The Timbers are one of the toughest teams to beat on the road and we see them keeping their 100% home record intact on Sunday evening.