Another Tough Road Test for Revolution
Prior to the start of the season, the New England Revolution was the heavy favorite to win the MLS Cup. Things have changed due to Bruce Arena’s rocky start. Summing up, the Revs already matched their loss total from 2021. Plus, they haven’t won on the road.
Atlanta United comes next. The Five Stripes, who come in as the soccer betting favorites at -105, haven’t lost when playing at home. That’s bad news for the Revs because losing could make them fall to last place in the Eastern Conference.
Atlanta United: Focusing on MLS
After losing 3-2 to Nashville SC in the Round of 32 of the U.S. Open Cup, the Five Stripes have no other choice. Midweek’s game was an intense contest in which Atlanta wasted a two-goal advantage. You heard correctly, the Five Stripes went to the locker room at halftime winning 2-0. Then, the Six Strings turned things around in a surreal ending. C.J. Sapong evened the score at 92 minutes. Later, Ethan Zubak scored the winning goal at the beginning of overtime.
Regarding MLS, the Five Stripes come from a great victory (4-1) over the Chicago Fire. A few weeks ago, Chicago was the best defensive team, but that didn’t matter to Ronaldo Cisneros, who scored a hat-trick. Brooks Lennon also scored.
That result allowed Atlanta to climb up to seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Five Stripes are only three points behind Montreal CF, the team sitting in third place. In other words, a victory over New England would also allow them to keep first place in sight.
As mentioned, Atlanta remains unbeaten when playing at Mercedes-Benz Stadium thanks to a 3-2-0 record. The Five Stripes outscored their previous opponents 12-5, failing to score only once.
Precisely, that was the last time Atlanta failed to win at home while being the betting online favorite. They were offering a -140 price to defeat Cincinnati, but the game ended with a goalless draw.
Defender Miles Robinson is out after recently suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Revolution Turning Things Around
Yes, losing could send the New England Revolution to last place, but a victory could boost them up to seventh. Not losing in their last two games has a lot to do with that. The Revs defeated Inter Miami 2-0, and most recently, they drew 2-2 to the Columbus Crew.
We predicted a 2-1 victory for New England over Columbus, but a very late goal (89 minutes) from Erik Hurtado ruined everything. Even so, the Revs showed a lot of improvement, allowing them to regain some confidence.
That confidence was evident last Wednesday when New England crushed Cincinnati 5-1 in the U.S. Open Cup. Carles Gil, the current MLS Most Valuable Player, scored a hat-trick. Adam Buksa added the other two goals.
“I think we needed a game like this today, scoring goals. I think we are [playing] in a good way in the last two or three games. We feel better and hopefully, we continue like this,” Gil said in the post-match interview.
For me, that’s enough to consider the Revs a tempting online gambling underdog, especially at +250. Yes, even knowing that they haven’t won on the road (0-1-3), because they put up a good fight in every match.
Atlanta United vs Revolution Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 9
- Atlanta United Victories: 5 (17 goals)
- New England Revolution Victories: 2 (6 goals)
- Draws: 2
After failing to win any of the first seven MLS meetings with Atlanta, New England won both matches between the two last seasons. First, the Revs won 2-1 at home. Later, they went to Atlanta and won 1-0.
In their previous nine encounters, the Five Stripes finished with a clean sheet four times and failed to score twice.
Atlanta United vs Revolution Game Information
- Date: Sunday, May 15th
- Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
- Atlanta United vs Revolution Live Stream: fubo.tv
Atlanta United vs Revolution Betting Lines
Atlanta United vs Revolution Prediction
If you were looking for an underdog to include in your soccer picks, the New England Revolution is the answer. The Revs finally woke up, especially Buksa, who has scored in four straight games. As mentioned before, New England has put up a good fight in every road game, scoring two goals in three of its four matches. You can expect that trend to continue as Gil is also highly motivated. The difference will be that this time they’ll finally win.
Score Prediction: New England Revolution 2, Atlanta United 1