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: 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: 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.

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

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. New York City FC

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Wednesday, July 6 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST) 

Match Odds: New England 4/5 – Draw 11/4 – NYCFC 16/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution welcome New York City FC to Gillette Stadium on Wednesday evening in a battle between two Eastern Conference sides in contrasting form.

New England are stuck in eighth place in the East, a point off the playoff places, and have now lost back-to-back games away at DC and Montreal.

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Jay Heaps has watched his side win just four of their 17 games to this point. They must perform better over the second half of the season if they are to enjoy another playoff run.

A return to Gillette Stadium should improve their chances, although they have the third-worst home form in the league – another sign things aren’t progressing as they should in Foxborough.

By stark contrast, New York City come into Wednesday’s game at the top of the Eastern Conference and will be on cloud nine following Sunday’s first-ever New York Derby win.

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NYCFC have been in great form of late, winning each of their last three and are now unbeaten in four away games. They have picked up more points away from home than any other side in MLS this term.

They will look to keep their place at the top of the East with another victory here. The reverse fixture ended 1-1 in March.

Team News

New England Revolution have a number of injury worries heading into Wednesday’s game. Charlie Davies remains sidelined, along with Gershon Koffie, Donnie Smith and Juan Agudelo. Darrius Barnes is a doubt. Bobby Shuttleworth will hope to return between the sticks but Brad Knighton has started each of the last three league games for the Revs.

Patrick Vieira is unlikely to want to make any changes to the NYCFC side that beat the Red Bulls on Sunday. Connor Brandt and Steve Mendoza remain sidelined, while Federico Bravo and Ethan White are doubts. Jack Harrison starred in Sunday’s win and will hope to start a fifth-straight game here.

Key Points

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

New York City’s last five: D/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: NYCFC are unbeaten in their last four away games in MLS (W3 D1).

Key Player: Jack Harrison – It’s impossible to highlight anyone other than New York City’s wonderkid ahead of Wednesday’s game. The English youngster scored his second goal of the season in the 2-0 win over the Red Bulls on Sunday and also picked up his second assist of the campaign too. He is on fire right now and will look to extend his form with another solid display here.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-2 New York City FC – New York City to continue their fine run of form with a fourth consecutive victory here. New England don’t look like the side they should be and will be devastated to have thrown away a two-goal lead at Montreal on Saturday. Away win.

Gallery: Photos from New England Revolution’s win over Seattle Sounders

New England Revolution picked up just their third win of the season as they beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

The win moved the Revs onto 16 points and although they sit eighth in the Eastern Conference, they are tied on points with three other clubs above them.

Seattle opened the scoring after just seven minutes as youngster Aaron Kovan put the Western Conference outfit in front. However, that lead lasted just 17 minutes as Lee Nguyen tucked a penalty past Stefan Frei to level the score in the 24th minute.

New England then completed the comeback as rookie striker Femi Hollinger-Janzen scored his second professional goal in two weeks just ten minutes before the end, leaving Seattle to cope with a third-straight loss.

Check out some photos from Saturday’s game below, courtesy of Prost Amerika’s Kristian Cardillo.

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Kei Kamara joins New England in record trade to end dramatic week for Columbus

Kei Kamara has left the Columbus Crew following a highly dramatic week after being traded to New England Revolution just minutes after the MLS primary transfer window closed on Wednesday night.

The Revolution have reportedly sent Columbus a record amount of allocation money in the trade – believed to be in excess of $300,000 – as well as an international roster spot for the current season, New England’s highest SuperDraft pick for 2017 and a second round pick for 2018.

Kamara, who ended last season as the joint-highest scorer in MLS with 22 goals, was involved in a very public spat with teammate Federico Higuain in last Saturday’s 4-4 home against Montreal Impact, in which both players scored twice.

The Crew earned a penalty kick in the 51st minute with the score at 3-1. Kamara wanted to take the penalty as he was set for a first career hat-trick but Higuain instead put the ball into the net to make it 4-1, before the Crew collapsed to allow Montreal back into the game.

Kamara laid into his teammate after the game, labelling Higuain as “selfish” as well as questioning the club’s team spirit.

“You have two goals, you’re going for a hat-trick, a player that’s never scored a hat-trick in their career,” Kamara told local TV after the game. “What do you do? Do you give it to him or do you take it? That’s selfishness. That’s not a teammate. That’s selfishness.

“We scored a lot of goals, but there was no team play and that completely explains the way me and Federico behaved on the penalty kick. A team who stays together will win games. A team that doesn’t, not gonna win games. And that’s horrible.”

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Kamara was subsequently suspended for this weekend’s game against Colorado but he showed no regret for his comments following that decision when speaking on Tuesday.

“[Coach Gregg Berhalter] told me that this morning, and obviously I didn’t agree to it all,” the Sierra Leonean forward said. “I won’t agree to it. But he’s the boss, and if he says, ‘We don’t need you for the weekend. You’re going to have to sit out for the weekend,’ there’s nothing I can do about that.”

With tensions reaching boiling point, Columbus took the decision to trade their star striker late on Wednesday, with both the Crew and New England officially announcing the deal on Thursday morning.

Columbus won’t be able to replace the 31-year-old goalscorer until the summer transfer window opens on July 4, but they do now have a Designated Player slot available, as well as a healthy sum of allocation money to invest.

Kamara penned a DP contract with Columbus this offseason, just one year after returning to MLS from Middlesbrough and will now become New England’s second DP, joining defender Jose Goncalves.

The Revolution have struggled for goals so far this term, averaging just 1.18 per game – the sixth-worst return in the league so far – so Kamara’s arrival will undoubtedly give the club a boost.

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“We have been looking to strengthen our team and we feel that this addition accomplishes just that,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said in a club statement. “Kei is a player who has had success and is a proven goal scorer in MLS. We’re pleased we were able to get this deal done and look forward to Kei’s arrival and integration into the team.”

Kamara will now join his seventh team in ten years and his fifth MLS side, having played for Columbus, San Jose, Houston and Sporting Kansas City before then returning to the Crew ahead of the 2015 season.

He has scored a total of 79 goals in 234 MLS appearances and is the league’s second-highest active goalscorer among current MLS players, trailing only San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski, who has 116 goals.

Kamara could make his Revs debut in Saturday’s game against Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium and could face the Crew three times during the regular season, at home on July 9 and August 20 before a trip to MAPFRE Stadium on September 25.

What do you make of Columbus Crew’s decision to trade Kei Kamara to the New England Revolution?

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Orlando City

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Orlando City

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Sunday, May 1 –  19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 3/4 – Draw 13/5 – Orlando City 15/4

Match Preview

New England Revolution host Orlando City on Saturday night as they look to end a run of four games without a win. With both sides in playoff spots at the moment, this could be a very exciting affair.

These two met just two weeks ago in Orlando, with a dramatic and controversial ending to the game seeing both sides score in stoppage time to draw 2-2.

Jay Heaps and his New England side were MLS Cup finalists in 2014 and now they are struggling to maintain a playoff place. Much of this problem stems from the six draws from their nine games so far.

The Revs need to kickstart their season soon as they are nearly a third of the way through the campaign and have only managed nine points to date. A points-per-game ratio of 1.0 is way below the requirements for success and also below club expectations.

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New England come into this one off the back of Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at home to Portland and will hope they don’t show signs of fatigue here.

Orlando City are a much improved unit this season, having seemingly overcome their goalkeeping issues from last year with Joe Bendik playing every minute of their campaign so far.

The additions of Julio Baptista and Antonio Nocerino have helped bolster the attacking options and now Orlando are in a position to challenge the top two of the Eastern Conference, should key players stay fit through the season.

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Orlando is an exciting place to be if you’re a fan as the side plays a creative and fearless style that will trouble the Revs on Saturday. Orlando will be looking to end a winless run of three when they take to the road this weekend.

The 2-2 draw in Orlando two weeks ago was the third meeting between these two. The only previous clash at Gillette Stadium saw the Revs win 3-0 last September and more goals are expected here.

Team News

New England Revolution are without Steve Neumann (knee) and Chris Tierney (hamstring). Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury (both hamstring) are doubts so Charlie Davies may get the nod in attack.

Orlando City are definitely without Conor Donovan (ACL), while Kaka is suffering with a groin injury but should shake it off to play.

Key Points

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

Orlando City’s last five: W/W/L/D/L

Key Stat: Orlando City have never beaten New England in the three attempts so far.

Key Player: Cyle Larin – The Canadian striker has started this season the way he finished the last – scoring goals. He is now a huge player for the Florida-based franchise and will be important on Saturday night again.

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Score Prediction

New England 1-2 Orlando City – Both these sides that should be challenging for the Eastern Conference playoff spots this season but have yet to hit true form. Orlando have been the more potent side so far and have had an extra few days rest than the home side so we see them edging it.

MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. New England Revolution

Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, April 23 – 22:30 BST (17:30 EDT)

Match Odds: DC United 6/4 – Draw 23/10 – New England Revolution 9/5

Match Preview

DC United welcome New England Revolution to RFK Stadium on Saturday night for what will be their third home game in a row. DC have had mixed results in their last two, with a 4-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps followed by last week’s 1-0 loss to Toronto.

With just one win from seven this season, DC have yet to really get off the ground and with limited options in attack and the loss of Bill Hamid for an extended period time, things aren’t going to get much easier for United overnight.

They had plenty of possession and 18 attempts against Toronto last week yet still fell to an early Sebastian Giovinco goal and couldn’t breach the Toronto defence as their struggles for goals continued. DC have scored only seven times so far this season, failing to net in three games – including the 0-0 draw at New England last month.

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Speculation about Ben Olsen’s future has picked up this week and a few more negative results could see the manager leave his post, as recent form is simply not good enough for a club of DC United’s stature.

New England Revolution are in the playoff places and if the season finished now, they’d probably settle for 5th. They are a young side which is building for bigger things but will still feel they could be doing better than they are at this stage.

They have scored in each of their last four games so scoring goals doesn’t seem to be the problem. However, they have failed – at times – to finish teams off. They have only lost once so far, so a good early start for the Revs has set the tone for what should be a solid campaign.

Progression will come from more wins. It sounds simple but with five draws from seven outings, they need more points on the board.

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If they are to win more games, Charlie Davies or Juan Agudelo will need to step up as the Revs top scorer is Diego Fagundez (2) and so their strikers need to find the net more often.

These two sides have already met this season, drawing 0-0 at Gillette Stadium in Week 2. DC have won each of the last two meetings at RFK Stadium and will be looking to make it three in three on Saturday.

Team News

DC United are without goalkeepers Bill Hamid (knee) and Andrew Dykstra (back), as well as Charlie Horton (concussion), defender Chris Korb (knee) and midfielder Collin Martin (foot). Markus Halsti (knee) is a doubt.

New England Revolution have as many four players who are doubtful with Steve Neumann (knee), Juan Agudelo (hamstring), Darrius Barnes (ankle) and Jose Goncalves (undisclosed) all being monitored for Saturday’s game.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: D/L/D/W/L

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

Key Stat: DC United are unbeaten in their last four meetings with New England Revolution.

Key Player: Fabian Espindola – DC’s star striker is back to full fitness with three goals in four starts this term. DC United will want him to be be on the scoresheet once again come Saturday night and he will look to disrupt the Revs defence from the outset.

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Score Prediction

DC United 1-1 New England Revolution – Both sides are yet to really find form and we expect it to be an even encounter once again. Both could really do with three points but there is little to choose between these sides and so a score draw seems most likely.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Toronto

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Toronto

Stadium: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, April 9 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)

Match Odds: New England 1/1 – Draw 12/5 – Toronto 11/4

Match Preview

New England Revolution host Toronto at the Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening in an intriguing MLS clash between two Eastern Conference sides.

The Revs will be relieved to have got their first win on the board in their last outing, as they edged past the New York Red Bulls with a 1-0 home victory.

Jay Heaps will be reasonably satisfied with his side in the opening five games, having lost just once, but will know they need to turn draws into wins if they have ambitions of challenging for the Eastern Conference or Supporters’ Shield title.

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New England have only lost two of their last 29 home games in MLS (W18, D9), so they’ll be hoping to continue their good record at the Gillette Stadium.

Toronto’s last two games has seen them suffer consecutive 1-0 defeats to Sporting Kansas City and Colorado Rapids, as their strong start to the season has deteriorated slightly.

It was always going to be tough in the opening stages for Greg Vanney’s side, with their first eight games being away from home due to renovations at their BMO Field stadium.

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The Reds know that staying in touch with the top places in the Eastern Conference is vital over the next four weeks, as a run of four straight home games awaits at the end of this long stretch of road games.

The last meeting between these two sides saw New England beat Toronto 3-1 away from home in September 2015, while the last clash at the Gillette Stadium also saw the Revs win by the same scoreline in August 2015.

Team News

New England Revolution only have one injury concern, as defender Darrius Barnes may miss out with an ankle sprain. Other than that, Jay Heaps has a full compliment of players to call upon.

Toronto will be without midfielder Benoit Cheyrou who is suspended following his red card away at Colorado last time out. Defender Clement Simonin is out with a knee injury, while Tsubasa Endoh is a doubt with a leg problem.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s form: D/D/L/D/W

Toronto’s form: W/D/L/L

Key Stat: New England Revolution are unbeaten against Toronto in their last seven MLS meetings (W5, D2).

Key Player: Diego Fagundez – The Uruguayan has been the brighest spark for the Revs so far this season, with two goals and two assists from five appearances. He could be the difference on Saturday.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-1 Toronto – Neither side has been entirely convincing in the early stages of this MLS season. But New England will fancy themselves to edge this one on home soil. Toronto will provide a stiff test, but this run of away games may be starting to take its toll.

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

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

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Friday, April 1 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: NE Revolution 6/5 – Draw 12/5 – NY Red Bulls 11/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution welcome New York Red Bulls to Gillette Stadium on Friday night in what is an important early-season Eastern Conference clash.

Both sides have started 2016 in disappointing fashion. New England have yet to win any of their four games so far, while the Red Bulls have taken just three points from three matches.

New England were one of just six MLS sides to play last weekend. They earned a 1-1 draw at New York City but have not won any of their first four games for the first time since 2001.

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Jay Heaps’ men look to be in trouble, even though it is early in the campaign. Failure to win on Friday would only intensify problems and they will need the home crowd to inspire them to success.

The Red Bulls travel to Gillette Stadium in poor form too. They did win their last outing 4-3 against Houston but have conceded as many goals as anyone else so far and defensive injuries are not helping their cause.

Jesse Marsch will have been left extremely disappointed with their 3-0 loss to Montreal in their only away game so far. A better performance will be expected here, though leaving New England with at least a point will be the main aim.

MLS: New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo Felipe

These two sides met three times last season, with the home side winning on each occasion. The Revs won both games at Gillette Stadium by a 2-1 scoreline, with the Red Bulls winning the only other meeting 4-1.

Team News

New England will be without Je-Vaughn Watson and Gershon Koffie, who will both serve one-game suspensions on Friday evening. The good news is that Jay Heaps has no remaining injury returns and so Charlie Davies could lead the attack here.

Jesse Marsch has a defensive crisis on his hands with four centre-backs currently sidelined with injuries. Damien Perrinelle is still recovering from knee surgery, while Gideon Baah and Ronald Zubar are out with hamstring problems. Gonzalo Veron is also out with a hamstring strain.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s form: D/D/L/D

New York Red Bulls’ form: L/L/W

Key Stat: The home team has won this fixture the past four times they have clashed in the regular season, with two wins each in that time.

Key Player: Felipe – The Red Bulls’ playmaker stepped up for his side in their last outing by scoring two goals late on to win the game against Houston – the first time he has scored more than one goal in a game in his MLS career. He will hope to pick up where he left off by hurting the Revs defence on Friday night.

MLS: New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo Felipe

Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 New York Red Bulls – It’s almost impossible to separate these sides based on their poor starts to the 2016 season. The Revs will expect to take at least a point, though the Red Bulls will arrive with the same ambition and so a share of the spoils looks to be the most likely outcome.