MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Chicago Fire

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, June 13 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England 17/20 – Draw 13/5 – Chicago 3/1

Match Preview

New England Revolution host Chicago Fire in a key Eastern Conference battle on Saturday between two sides desperate to get back to winning ways.

The Revs have not won in their last six and last weekend’s 2-0 loss to the Portland Timbers was their second defeat in four games. They were on a fine run of form heading into May but have fallen away in recent weeks.

Jay Heaps will be urging his players to get all three points on Saturday night against a Chicago Fire side that are sitting in ninth place in the Eastern.

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New England are still in second but are now seven points off top spot DC United, with a game in hand, and need to start making ground on their rivals.

The Fire have lost back-to-back games for the third time this season coming into this one after last week’s losses to DC United and Orlando City.

The Orlando loss was hard to take as they blew a 2-1 lead in the space of four minutes at the end of the game in front of their own fans.

Defender Adailton became the first player in MLS history to score two own goals in one game in that loss – a symbol of just how unfortunate the Fire have been so far.

Chicago are now just three points above bottom placed NYCFC and need to start finding more points. They have yet to win on the road this season and have their work cut out if they are to take something out of New England this weekend.

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They did win at Gillette Stadium for the first time since 2010 last season and need to try and repeat that feat again a year later.

Team News

Darrius Barnes remains a long-term injury worry, while Jermaine Jones is a doubt for the game as he is struggling with a groin problem. Juan Agudelo may return from international duty with the USMNT in time to feature but is unlikely to start.

Frank Yallop will be without Patrick Nyarko, who is still out with a torn ACL, while Designated Players David Accam (Ghana) and Shaun Maloney (Scotland) are away on international duty along with Joevin Jones (Trinidad & Tobago).

Key Points

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

Chicago Fire’s last five: D/D/W/L/L

Key Stat: New England are unbeaten in their last 18 home games in MLS.

Key Player: Scott Caldwell – The midfielder has been in solid form so far this season and will look to make the difference from deep on Saturday night.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-1 Chicago Fire – The losses of Maloney and Accam will hurt Chicago and New England will look to capitalise on that this weekend. Neither side are in good form and so it should be a cagey affair but the Revs’ fine home record could be enough to see them over the line.

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MLS Fantasy Tips: Gameweek 12 DGW options

With the next round of MLS Fantasy games edging closer, it’s time to seriously assess your options, and once again we have a double gameweek to take into consideration.

This week sees Sporting Kansas City and New England Revolution play twice, starting with a game against each other on Wednesday night (preview and prediction here).

Now these two sides are filled with players that fantasy owners are always looking at, but both face tricky fixtures in their DGW.

Sporting KC go away to Seattle Sounders at the weekend after their clash with the Revs, while New England host DC United in a huge Eastern Conference game.

No easy fixtures, but here’s who you should be looking at in round 12 for the players on a double gameweek:

Sporting Kansas City

Amadou Dia – Defender ($4.4m) – The 21-year-old defender has only acquired eight points so far but SKC’s injury troubles mean Dia has a good chance of playing in both games this week. He’s a cheap option, and is a gamble, but could free up space for investment elsewhere.

Benny Feilhaber – Midfielder ($9.7m) – Feilhaber has been excellent so far this season, and although his points have dropped off a bit in recent weeks, he’s a must have for this DGW. He has registered five total assists so far, and is averaging over seven points a week. Take on Benny if you haven’t already.

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New England Revolution

London Woodberry – Defender ($4.9m) – The youngster has been solid at right-back since coming into the side and has two assists in his last five games. He’s a cheap option and could see at least one clean sheet this week.

Scott Caldwell – Midfielder ($7.3m) – Caldwell has been racking up the fantasy points in recent weeks and is already on 8.0% of fantasy teams. He is averaging 6 points a week over the last four and could really thrive  in a DGW.

Juan Agudelo – Forward ($8.8m) – The Revs forward has two goals in his last four and bagged one in Saturday’s game against Toronto. He could benefit from playing against SKC’s weakened defence on Wednesday night. Look to ‘Swagudelo’ for points this week.

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Who do you think is the best option of those on DGW this week?