Real Salt Lake vs New England: Preview and Prediction

Real Salt Lake vs New England:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Kick-off: 3:00 UK Time
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy (Utah).

Real Salt Lake look to revive their MLS 2016 campaign as they welcome New England Revolution to the Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday evening.

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The 2-0 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday registered Salt Lake’s fourth match without a win. They had just won once in their last 6 matches, with 3 draws and 2 losses, but still manage to stay at the third spot in the Western Conference table. The Western Conference is one of the tightly contested group in this season’s MLS and Real Salt Lake are no way safe as they are at a 3 point gap from the 7th placed Portland Timbers.

New England Revolution on the other hand got back to winning ways with a 3-1 home victory over Columbus Crew, after going on three match losing streak. They are 6th in the Eastern Conference table, but the 7th and 8th positioned DC United and Orlando City are at a one point distance and played one match less than them.

Real Salt Lake: Team News

Laker’s head-coach Jess Cassar could miss out on Emery Welshman, Joao Plata, Jamison Olave and Demar Phillips, who are all struggling to hit full match fitness.

Real Salt Lake: Predicted line up (4-3-3)

Rimando – Wingert, Glad, Maund, Beltran – Beckermann, Morales, Sunny – Plata, Movsisyan, Phillips.

New England: Team News

Bobby Shuttleworth is suspended for this tie, while Charlie Davies, Darrius Barnes and Gershon Koffie are carrying slight knocks.

New England: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)

Knighton – Tierney, Goncalves, Woodberry, Farell – Caldwell, Watson – Rowe, Nguyen, Fagundez – Agudelo.

Real Salt Lake vs New England: Head-to-Head Stats

  • Overall (44 matches): Real Salt Lake – 9 wins, New England – 5 wins, Draws – 5.
  • Real Salt Lake at home vs New England (10 matches): 5 wins, 3 draws, 2 losses.

These two teams had met once last season at New England, the hosts grabbing a massive 4-0 win on that occasion. However, Real Salt Lake were unbeaten in 7 consecutive meetings prior to that, winning 6 and drawing 1.

Real Salt Lake are also on a 6 match unbeaten run at home against New England Revolution in league matches, with 5 wins and 1 draw. New England’s last win at the Rio Tinto Stadium was during the 2007 season.

Real Salt Lake vs New England: Prediction

Real Salt Lake will be desperate to get a win here after going without a win in their last four. I also believe there won’t be a better chance that this as New England are team which usually struggles in away games.

New England had conceded 22 goals from the 9 away games this season averaging at 2.4 goals per game. I believe they will conceded at least 2 goals here and are also very likely to score at the other end. I will be also backing both teams to score here and an exact score prediction of 2-1 in favour of Real Salt Lake.

Real Salt Lake vs New England-Statistical Prediction-Major League Soccer-17-July-2016

Real Salt Lake vs New England: Tips

  1. Both Teams to Score.
  2. Over 2.5 goals.