New England Revolution v New York City – MLS Betting Preview and Prediction
On Sunday, September 29, we will see a clash between New England Revolution and the conference leaders New York City FC. The fixture will take place at Gillette Stadium, the home of New England Revolution.
New England Revolution looking to claim a playoffs spot
New England Revolution enter the upcoming fixture sitting at seventh spot, meaning they are clinging onto a playoffs spot, with a 10-12-10 record and 42 points to their name. They are currently four points ahead of Chicago Fire and with only two more fixtures until the season ends, the upcoming fixture against NYCFC will be a must-win for Revolution, who could have a playoffs ticket in their hands if they walk away with all three points.
Seeing how important this fixture is for Revolution and how “un-important” it is for NYCFC, who have already secured their spot in the playoffs, it’s easy to agree with bookmakers, who see the hosts as the favourites. That being said, New England have not been very convincing with their performances recently with 0-4-1 record in their last five games. It’s also worth noting Revolution faced off with NYCFC at the start of September when it was New York who edged past Revolution 2:1. Following that defeat, New England drew against Orlando (3:3), RSL (0:0) and most recently against Portland Timbers (2:2). Are those performances enough to push Revolution past NYCFC and into playoffs is yet to be seen, but the motivation will surely play a part here.
New York City eyeing Eastern Conference title
Holding onto a 17-10-5 record, New York City are on the verge of securing an Eastern Conference title, which will land in their hands only if they avoid losing any of the next two fixtures. While it would be easy to say NYCFC don’t care that much about the remaining fixtures, considering they already secured a playoffs spot, it’s the pride of wining the conference that will drive them here. Following the Sunday’s fixture against New England, NYCFC will clash with their closest rivals Philadelphia in the final game, which could be the fixture that will decide who wins the conference title. Understandably NYCFC will want to avoid putting it all on the last fixture of the season, which is why winning this Sunday and sealing the deal prematurely will be their main goal.
Verdict & Prediction
This match does seem like it could end in a draw, seeing how New England have drawn six out of their last eight games, which as mentioned above includes four out of their last five. Both teams are conservatives sides, who will match up well, however, we feel like NYCFC are significantly better playing that way compared to Revs. Then there is also a much better form of NYC, who have won seven out of their last nine matches, which earned them a position they are now in.
It’s hard to ignore how strong NYCFC looked like this season, and we would even dare to go on and say NYC can be the team who will fight with LAFC for the title this season. However, we mustn’t get ahead of ourselves here and focus on this fixture. Revs are favourites, due to immense pressure put on them to win and secure a spot in the playoffs. That being said, it’s NYCFC who also desperately need to win this Sunday, meaning they will take no prisoners. A draw is highly possible, however, when picking a winner, it’s the visitors who are the favourites in our books.
Prediction: New York City FC +0.50 Asian Handicap
Odds: 1.88 SBOBET