New England Revolution vs New York City FC
MLS Regular Season
Date: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Kick-off: 0:30 UK Time
Venue: Gillette Stadium (Massachusetts)
New England Revolution prepare for a tough task when they host an inform New York City FC on Wednesday at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
New England Revolution fell to their second straight defeat as they squandered a 2 goal lead in the 3-2 loss at Montreal Impact in the last round. After making a poor start to the season, they found themselves reeling at 8th position in the Eastern Conference standings managing just 4 wins from 17 matches this season. They are extremely poor on the road, but can take some confidence from their home form after staying unbeaten in 7 of the 8 matches played at the Gillette stadium. The head-coach Robert Kraft is calling out for swift improvements after witnessing his team take just 3 wins at home so far this season.
New York City FC are brimming with confidence after breaking the New York derby hoodoo with a 2-0 home win against the Red Bulls. The City FC lost in each of the four previous meetings with New York Red Bulls and the win at the weekend put them top of the Eastern Conference standings. They are coming on the back of 3 wins in a row after going win-less in the previous 4. They can also boast of a strong away form this season and are unbeaten in the last 4 matches on the road with 3 wins and a draw. With the goal scoring prowess and a strong defense, they are fast becoming a team to beat in MLS this season.
New England Revolution: Team News
New England has plenty of injury concerns ahead of the clash against New York City FC. They are missing five players through injury in the form of full back Donnie Smith and midfielders Gershon Koffie and Xavier Kouassi and strikers Charlie Davies and Juan Aguado.
New England Revolution: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Shuttleworth – Tierney, Goncalves, Woodberry, Farell – Caldwell, Kobayashi – Rowe, Nguyen, Fagundez – Kamara.
New York City FC: Team News
Patrick Vieira will be without the injured midfielder Connor Brandt and Colombian forward Steven Mendoza for the clash against New England Revolution. Changes are hardly expected from the side that earned them a priceless 2-0 victory over New York Red Bulls in the weekend.
New York City FC: Predicted Line up (4-3-3)
Saunders – Allen, Mena, Brillant, Hernandez – Pirlo, Lampard, Iraola – McNamara, Villa, Harrison.
New England vs New York City: Head-to-Head Stats
- New England slightly edge New York in head-to-head record with 2 wins 1 draw and 1 loss from 4 MLS matches between the sides so far.
- These teams had already met once in this season’s MLS, which ended in a 1-1 stalemate at the Yankee Stadium on March 2016.
- New England hosted the New York City only once and grabbed a 1-0 win on July 2015.
New England vs New York City: Prediction
Judging the recent forms of both sides New York City are favourites to get a positive result from this MLS fixture. New York are on a good scoring form and found the back of the net at least 2 times in each of their previous 5 matches. Also, New England had so struggled to keep clean sheets in recent games. So it will be wise to back New York City to striker at least 2 times here.
As for the match winner, I believe New York City has a strong case to get maximum points out of this tie to extend their stay at the top of the Eastern Conference table. And they will be coming out to pile further misery on a struggling New England Revolution. I will be backing New York to win this straight at the end of full ninety minutes.
- New York City to win
- New York – Over 1.5 goals
- First Half Double Chance New York/Draw