MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, June 27 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST – Sunday, June 28)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 13/10 – Draw 12/5 – Vancouver Whitecaps 2/1

Match Preview

New England Revolution welcome Vancouver Whitecaps to Gillette Stadium on Saturday night for the only meeting between the two sides in MLS this season.

The Revs come into the game after a 2-1 midweek defeat away at the Columbus Crew and they’re currently second in the Eastern Conference with 24 points from 18 games, but ten points behind conference leaders DC United.

New England have only recorded one victory in their last nine games (D4, L4), although they remain undefeated on home soil and need to return to winning ways as soon as possible in order to avoid slipping down the table.

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Only Philadelphia Union have conceded more goals than Jay Heaps’ side in MLS this season, so they need to stop allowing opponents so many chances to punish them. The Revs do boast the second most clinical attack though – only LA Galaxy (26 goals) have scored more than New England (24 goals).

Vancouver Whitecaps will play their third of four straight road games on Saturday night, but they have enjoyed two consecutive victories, beating both LA Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls away from home.

Carl Robinson will be confident that he can inspire his side to condemn New England to their first home defeat for 19 games in a similar way the Whitecaps ended LA Galaxy’s impressive home form a few weeks ago after they hadn’t lost on home soil for over a year.

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The Whitecaps are currently second in an extremely competitive Western Conference with 29 points from 17 games – they’re only separated from leaders Seattle via goal difference.

The last time these two met, it ended all square with a goalless draw back in March 2014. Vancouver Whitecaps have never beaten New England away from home (D1, L2) and will be looking to change that fact on Saturday night.

Team News

New England will be without Andy Dorman who is serving a one match ban for accumulation of too many yellow cards, while Darrius Barnes (knee) and Jermaine Jones (surgery) are out with injuries.

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Vancouver’s Gershon Koffie and Kendall Waston will both miss the game through suspension. Sam Adekugbe and Andre Lewis are both doubts for the game as they’re struggling with injuries.

Key Points

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

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five in MLS: L/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: New England are undefeated in their last 19 home matches in MLS.

Key Player: Charlie Davies – The New England forward has been in impressive goalscoring form in 2015 and could be the man to fire the Revs to victory.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – This is likely to be a tightly contested affair with some real quality on show, but it will probably end all square.

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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.

New England goalkeeper says penalty decision ‘changed the game’

New England Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton played his first MLS game of the season against Sporting Kansas City last night in the absence of first-choice shot-stopper Bobby Shuttleworth.

Knighton couldn’t help his side avoid defeat as the Revs lost 4-2, which put an end to their nine-game unbeaten run in which they’d won five and drawn four. The 30-year-old ‘keeper feels New England paid the price for missed chances and points to the penalty decision as the turning point.

“We started the game the way we wanted to and got the early goal, there was a rough patch for ten or 15 minutes and they capitalised on their chances,” Knighton told the New England Revolution official YouTube channel.

“I think the penalty kind of changed the game. We’re in it still at 2-1 and we had chances at the other end that we just didn’t capitalise on. The penalty call changed the game and makes it 3-1.”

PICTURE: Knighton in action. (Photo via http://www.revolutionsoccer.net/)

PICTURE: Knighton in action. (Photo via http://www.revolutionsoccer.net/)

Despite the result, Knighton wasn’t critical of his teammates and has immediately turned his attentions to the next game.

“I thought the guys had a lot of effort tonight and we worked hard to get it back but obviously we came up a bit short.”

“Every game’s massive in the Eastern Conference and playing against DC, your rival, we’re going to have our full force of fans at Gillette Stadium and we’re looking to get three points and stay top of the table.”

Can New England Revolution bounce back when they face DC United on Saturday evening?

MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs New England Revolution

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

Venue: Sporting Park – Wednesday, May 20th – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST – Thursday, May 21st)

Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 23/20 – Draw 23/10 – New England Revolution 12/5

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City welcome New England Revolution to Sporting Park on Wednesday night for the only MLS regular season meeting between the two sides this season.

The hosts have endured an inconsistent start to the 2015 campaign with a record of three wins, five draws and two defeats from their opening ten games.

SKC’s most recent game saw them earn an impressive draw away at DC United on May 9. They were set to play Colorado Rapids on Sunday, but that game was postponed due to poor weather conditions.

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Peter Vermes‘ side have recorded just one win in their last five, which came in their most recent home fixture against Chicago Fire as a goal from Paulo Nagamura secured a 1-0 victory.

New England Revolution lost their opening two games of the season but have since been on an impressive nine-game unbeaten run (W5, D4), although they are without a win in their last two after a 2-2 draw with Orlando and a 1-1 draw at home to Toronto.

Jay Heaps will be delighted with the turnaround from his side and will be desperate to return to winning ways against a side that they recorded three victories against in the 2014 MLS season.

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The most recent meeting between the two sides was an entertaining 3-2 win for the Revs on the same ground back in September.

Team News

Sporting Kansas City’s Ike Opara, Marcel De Jong and Graham Zusi are all unavailable through injury, while there’s also doubts over Chance Myers and Paulo Nagamura.

New England Revolution will be without long-term absentee Darrius Barnes and Daigo Kobayashi is out with a hamstring strain.

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Key Points

Sporting Kansas City’s last five: D/L/D/W/D

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

Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City haven’t suffered a home defeat so far in 2015 (W2, D3).

Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – SKC’s midfield maestro has enjoyed an impressive start to the season with five assists and two goals to his name from the opening ten games.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 1-1 New England Revolution – SKC are unbeaten at home and will be desperate to preserve that record, while the Revs will prove to be very tough opposition and they’re currently playing well. A draw seems the most likely result.