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: Philadelphia Union vs New England Revolution

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

Venue: PPL Park – Saturday August 29 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 23/20 – Draw 5/2 – New England Revolution 11/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution travel to PPL Park to take on Philadelphia Union on Saturday night in a game that the Revs will see as a must win between the two Eastern Conference rivals.

Philadelphia have lacked the attacking outlets that steadied them to a mid-table finish last term, as they have struggled to make any kind of impact on the league this season.

With one win in their last six in MLS, Philadelphia are desperate for some points and are hoping that home comforts can aid their search for three this weekend, with only eight more to play in the regular season.

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Five of their seven wins have come at home this year and in their last five at home they have averaged two goals per game, so they cannot be written off ahead of this clash.

Philadelphia Union’s record in MLS: P26 – W7 – D6 – L13

It’s also crunch time for the Revs this year as they should be looking to finish in the top four of the Eastern Conference, especially considering they were MLS Cup runners-up last year.

Unbeaten in four, New England have come into form at the right time and with the return of Jermaine Jones against Houston Dynamo, things are falling into place ahead of the postseason.

They currently lie six points ahead of nearest chasers Montreal Impact, but with their aspirations they should be looking up the table, rather than below and trying to finish above Toronto FC and Columbus Crew will be the primary objectives now.

New England Revolution’s record in MLS: P25 – W9 – D7 – L9

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These two have already met at PPL Park this term, with New England Revolution winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Charlie Davies and Teal Bunbury after Cristian Maidana gave the Union the lead.

Team News

Philadelphia Union have four players doubtful for the clash as Maurice Edu, Raymond Lee, Andrew Wenger and goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre all have niggling injuries but could still feature.

New England Revolution are still without Darrius Barnes, who remains out injured. Jermaine Jones is coming back from injury after playing 45 minutes against Houston Dynamo and could be in line to start.

Key Points

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

New England’s last five: L/W/D/W/W

Key Stat: New England have failed to win in their last eight matches away from home in MLS.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – USMNT international Nguyen has three goals in his last four and with the imminent return of Jermaine Jones, the playmaker may get more freedom and could cause havoc with his creativity.

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Score Prediction

Philadelphia Union 1-3 New England Revolution – With the aforementioned return of Jermaine Jones to the Revs side, there comes an added stability to their core. Meaning more freedom for their attacking players and a better platform for their attractive style of play. We expect them to take three points on Saturday night with the Union wilting late on in the campaign.