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New York Red Bulls vs New England Revolution: The Revs Can’t Afford To Drop All Three Points

  • New York Red Bulls face New England Revolution this Saturday at the Red Bull Arena 
  • New England Revolution have got one win their last five matches in the MLS
  • New York Red Bulls have scored one goal in their last two matches in the MLS

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New York Red Bulls vs New England Revolution Prediction

Neither of these Eastern Conference teams is heading into this match with any conviction about their recent performances but both find themselves in the playoff spots. New York Red Bulls are currently more comfortable in third place on the Eastern Conference standings, whereas New England Revolution are hanging on in 7th place on the table.

New York Red Bulls currently have the greater head-to-head record with 13 wins, four draws and 10 losses. They’ll head into this as the favorites because of this, home advantage and their position on the table.

Previous Meetings

New York Red Bulls won the match 1-0 back in April between these two sides. This was a feisty game with red cards shown to players from both sides. Frankie Amaya picked up his second yellow in the 73rd minute but the New York Red Bulls keep fighting and got the vital goal after one minute into added time.

Adam Buksa was sent off a few minutes later to make things worse for New England Revolution. New York Red Bulls were just about the better side with 12 shots compared to New England Revolution’s 10 shots. They ultimately found the back of the net, which is all that mattered in the end.

New York Red Bulls Couldn’t Stop Philadelphia Union

No one will hold the loss against the New York Bulls, who lost their match on the weekend to the in-form Philadelphia Union. Some viewers might just be impressed by the fact that the New York Red Bulls were able to keep them down to just two goals.

New York Red Bulls did well in the first-half, keeping it tight with the scores at 0-0 but Mikkel Uhre’s goal in the 54th minute opened things up before Daniel Gazdag finished the game with a strike in the 74th minute.

To make matters worse, Dru Yearwood received a red card right at the end to leave New York Red Bulls absolutely deflated on the evening. They’ll need to put the loss behind them and start over again against New England Revolution.

Lewis Morgan Can’t Carry The Attack On His Own

Lewis Morgan has had to take up the attacking and creative burden this season for the Red Bulls with 13 goals and four assists. Patrick Kymala follows Morgan with just five goals on the goalscorers table and only Cristian Casseres Jr. had registered more assists with five. This is simply not going to be enough to open teams up. Morgan isn’t even an out and out forward, which goes to show just how badly they need more options going forward.

New York Red Bulls Need To Add More To Their Game In Possession

The pressing game that New York Red Bulls apply leads to easy transition opportunities but it has a clear weakness. If teams decide to just bypass it by playing over it, New York Red Bulls seem to have no plan b. Pressing is in vogue among all the major leagues in the world but teams have to eventually evolve into a slightly more varied side that can open tight defenses through other means.

The easiest way of doing this would be to add a creative playmaker but it can also be done through coaching automatisms on the training ground. New York Red Bulls only seem to have one go-to play at the moment. This won’t be enough if they want to be a threat going forward. Not to mention, the pressing game takes a physical toll on the players.

New England Revolution Get Big Win Over New York City FC

New England Revolution were on a bad run of form heading into the match against New York City FC on the weekend but were well worth all three points with a 3-0 victory over the defending champions.

It must be said that New York City FC look unrecognizable without Valentin Castellanos but New England Revolution won’t care because they’ve had to lose some big players this season as well. Two first-half goals from Jonathan Bell and Noel Buck essentially ended the tie before Thomas McNamara added one more to give New England Revolution one of their best wins of the season.

Bou Hasn’t Fully Recovered

New England Revolution’s hopes of making the playoffs will rest heavily on Gustavo Bou, who is back from injury, but will still need some time to get back to full fitness and sharpness. The Argentine has scored seven goals this season and is the team’s top scorer for the season despite missing so many months due to injury. He’s unlikely to be the major factor in this game because it still feels a bit too early to expect him to hit the heights that are expected of him, but the win on the weekend and his return will give New England Revolution a lot of room for optimism in the final games of the regular season.

The Revs Can’t Afford To Drop All Three Points

New England Revolution haven’t had the services of some of the players that have been so crucial to them in the last couple of seasons but they’re quite fortunate to sit in 7th place without them at the moment. Their underlying numbers aren’t great with an expected goal differential (expected goals minus expected goals against) of -5. There are at least nine teams in the same conference with better underlying numbers. They just have to leave the tactics and expectations from last season behind and realize that they are a very different team this season and learn to grind for the points.

Injuries And Suspensions

Goalkeeper Jakob Jackson has been out with a cruciate ligament injury since early August. There is no expected return date.

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How to Watch New York Red Bulls vs New England Revolution

Teams New York Red Bulls vs New England Revolution
Location Red Bull Arena
Time Saturday, September 10 at 6pm ET onwards
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Varun is a web journalist who has been writing on sports for 13 years. He took a shine for the MLS during the 2021 season and has been following it and writing about it since, alongside his work involving the English Premier League, La Liga, and the Serie A. He is deeply interested in soccer analytics and strategy and has aspirations to move into coaching at some point. Email: [email protected]

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