Forget about the All-Star Game, the MLS regular season has plenty of flashy moments to offer. That includes a showdown between the first and fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a lot at stake on Saturday night. New York City FC could climb up to second place while the New England Revolution could increase their advantage at the top.
They already met once this year, and the total went way over three goals. I expect nothing less than a back-and-forth battle. Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports and the MLS Odds for New York vs New England. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider!
Game: New York City FC vs New England Revolution
Location: Yankee Stadium, New York
Time: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Television: YES Network
Live Stream: MLS Live on DAZN
Major League Soccer Betting Lines
|New York City FC||-½ -125||-125||3 -115o||1½ -155o/+125u|
|New England Revolution||+½ -105||+320||3 -115u||½ -245o/+195u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 17
- New York City FC Victories: 5 (20 goals)
- New England Revolution Victories: 8 (24 goals)
- Draws: 4
When the teams met in June, also in New York. New England won 3-2 with goals from Gustavo Bou, Jon Bell and Tommy McNamara. Thiago Andrade and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored for the home side.
New England owns a 5-2-3 record in their last 10 meetings with NYCFC. They scored 14 goals, two more than NYCFC, and finished with a clean sheet three times. The total went over in six of those games.
Curiously enough, the visitor won three of the last five games between these two.
Why Bet on New York City FC?
Despite coming from a tough loss against the Philadelphia Union (1-0), the New York City FC has improved a lot. They only lost one of their last eight games. That includes two huge victories over two serious title contenders in Orlando City (5-0) and Columbus Crew (4-1).
Last weekend, they couldn’t play against the New York Red Bulls due to unplayable field conditions. That means they will be more rested than New England.
“We’re a good football team but we have to keep improving, we have a lot to work on still. It’s about who improves the most the rest of the season. If you take away New England, the standings are very even. There’s a long way to go,” said head coach Ronny Deila to the press.
NYCFC has improved a lot and much of that has to do with Maximiliano Moralez and Valentin Castellanos. Both have six assists, making it clear that you cannot be selfish when on the field.
New York has been almost unbeatable at home. They own a 7-2-1 record, 4-4-2 against the spread and 6-4 over/under.
Brazilian forward Heber remains out due to an ankle injury. Their expected lineup is Sean Johnson; Anton Tinnerholm, Maxime Chanot, Alexander Callens, Gudmundur Thorarinsson; James Sands, Nicolas Acevedo, Jesus Medina, Ismael Tajouri, Santiago Rodriguez; Valentin Mariano Castellanos.
Why Bet on Revolution?
The question should be, why not? They own the Eastern Conference top spot with 49 points thanks to a 15-4-3 record. That’s right, they’ve only lost three games and their last defeat was in early July.
Most recently, they crushed FC Cincinnati 4-1 with goals from Tajon Buchanan, Emmanuel Boateng and Adam Buksa, who scored twice. They scored four goals even when Gustavo Bou, the team’s scoring leader with 12 goals, had a bad day. That’s how good they are.
“I think, at this time of year, it’s important to get the points in the bank. As we get down to the last 10 games of the season, it’s going to be crazy with teams fighting for playoff positions,” said head coach Bruce Arena after their last game.
No other team has scored more goals than the Revolution (44). They scored at least two goals in each of their last four games. New England is a little bit more vulnerable when playing on the road. They own a 6-3-2 record, 7-2-2 against the spread and 6-4-1 over/under.
Arnor Ingvi Traustason will be available after missing their last game due to suspension. However, Luis Caicedo remains out due to injury. Their expected lineup is Matt Turner; Brandon Bye, Andrew Farrell, Jonathan Bell, DeJuan Jones; Matt Polster, Lucas Maciel, Tajon Buchanan, Carles Gil, Arnor Traustason; Gustavo Bou.
Final Analysis, Predictions
The New England Revolution at +320 it’s too tempting not to take it. You don’t see a team in first place being the sports betting underdog every day. They’ve everything what it takes to beat New York on the road, including a more robust roster and momentum.
Don’t forget to check the Soccer Props for New York vs New England to increase your winning chances. “Yes” in both teams to score in the match is offering a -160 price, take it. However, I don’t expect the total to go over.
Score Prediction: New England Revolution 2, New York City FC 1