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Jun 20, 2021 at 12.30am UK
NY CityNew York City FC
2-3
New EnglandNew England Revolution
T. (55'), Tajouri (85')
Castellanos (39'), Andrade (56'), Sands (77')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Bou (27'), Bell (78'), McNamara (88')
Polster (19'), Maciel (53')

Preview: New York City FC vs. New England Revolution - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: New York City FC vs. New England Revolution - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between New York City FC and New England Revolution, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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New York City FC will look to gain some ground on the New England Revolution when they host the Eastern Conference leaders at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

The Pigeons scored twice in the last 20 minutes to beat LAFC 2-1 in their last match, while the Revs have won three in a row after blanking FC Cincinnati 1-0 in their previous fixture.


Match preview

Before the international break, New York City FC pulled off an emotional and gutsy victory against LAFC, erasing a 1-0 deficit late and scoring the winning goal just a few minutes after being reduced to 10-men when Nicolas Acevedo received a second yellow card.

That victory showed a lot of character for this team, who the week before that squandered a 1-0 lead to the Columbus Crew, only to lose 2-1 thanks to a goal deep into injury time from Lucas Zelarayan.

After a roller coaster couple of weeks emotionally, having some time off may have been a good thing for Ronny Deila and his side in order to keep the team level-headed and get their focus back on the matches to come.

New York have been successful through their opening seven games by starting quickly, with the Pigeons scoring inside of the opening 20 minutes in four fixtures this season, with two of those goals coming inside the first 10 minutes.

They are a very proactive side who like to press the opposition, which they may need to do a lot of this weekend if they are to slow down perhaps the best playmaker in MLS in Carles Gil.

Eight games into their MLS season, things could not be going much better for Bruce Arena and the New England Revolution.

The Revs have won three in a row and they captured their first road win of the season before the international break, something that could serve as a huge confidence boost for a team that will play five of their next seven matches away from Gillette Stadium.

The next few weeks will test the mettle of this squad as they play three games in nine days, beginning with a visit to New York on Saturday, against a side who could move to within three points of New England in the Eastern Conference standings with a victory.

Like other MLS teams, New York will be keen to shut down Gil in the middle of the field, a task that has proven easier said than done for the teams that have faced him so far.

The Revs have built their attack around the 28-year-old former Aston Villa midfielder, and it has paid off handsomely, as he leads the league in assists with five and is first when it comes to key passes with 45.

New York City FC Major League Soccer form:
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  • W
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • W

New England Revolution Major League Soccer form:
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  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W



Team News

New York still have a long list of injuries to contend with, including midfielder Gedion Zelalem and left-winger Talles Magno who both have knee injuries.

Right-back Anton Tinnerholm has a muscle injury, central midfielder Alfredo Morales has a tear in his abductor muscle, and centre forward Heber has a cruciate ligament rupture.

They have yet to sort out the visa situation for left winger Thiago Andrade which means he is unlikely to see the field this weekend, and Alexandre Callens is with the Peru national team at the Copa America

The Pigeons are third in MLS in goals with 13, five of which have come from Jesus Medina, who is third in the league in that department.

Revs goalkeeper Matt Turner made four saves in their victory against Cincinnati for his third clean sheet of this campaign, putting him just one behind Joe Willis of Nashville and Pedro Gallese from Orlando City SC.

Teal Bunbury is without a goal in his last two appearances and will hope to see the field on Saturday against a side he enjoys playing, having scored three goals against New York in his Revs career.

New York City FC possible starting lineup:
Johnson; Ibeagha, Sands, Chanot; Jasson, Rocha, Parks, Amundsen; Medina; Castellanos, Moralez

New England Revolution possible starting lineup:
Turner; Jones, Kessler, Farrell, Bye; McNamara, Polster; Traustason, Gil, Maciel; Buksa


We say: New York City FC 1-2 New England Revolution

These are two evenly matched teams, with both sides possessing some strong attacking options and both in a strong position in the Eastern Conference.

New England have not won four straight games in a regular-season campaign since 2015, when they won six matches in a row, but you get a sense of genuine eagerness and determination from the Revs, who have been able to find ways to win all season.



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Major League Soccer Table

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England18114333211237
2Orlando City178542722529
3Nashville SCNashville17610125151028
4Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia187742417728
5New York City FCNY City1683530161427
6DC United177372520524
7Columbus Crew176651920-124
8CF MontrealMontreal176562322123
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls165472020019
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta172961823-515
11FC CincinnatiCincinnati163671729-1215
12Chicago Fire173591828-1014
13Toronto173592136-1514
14Inter MiamiInter Miami153481325-1213

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England18114333211237
2Orlando City178542722529
3Nashville SCNashville17610125151028
4Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia187742417728
5New York City FCNY City1683530161427
6DC United177372520524
7Columbus Crew176651920-124
8CF MontrealMontreal176562322123
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls165472020019
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta172961823-515
11FC CincinnatiCincinnati163671729-1215
12Chicago Fire173591828-1014
13Toronto173592136-1514
14Inter MiamiInter Miami153481325-1213
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