New England vs New York City by 20Legend
New England have struggled quite a bit this season with 4-7-6 to show for. That has given them a current 8th place in the Eastern Conference with 19 points. However, they are only one point behind the playoff positions. On the other side, it demands a lot stronger second half of the season if that should be an option for the club. New England has been much better at home (3-4-1) compared to away from home (1-3-5) so far, but they are still the third-worst home team in the league. They are way too often involved in high scoring games as they are the most conceding team in the division with 31 goals conceded in 17 games. Only today’s opponent can be compared to that with 31 conceded goals as well.
A lot of injuries are making it difficult for New England these days. Strikers Juan Agudelo (13/3) and Charlie Davies (8/1) are injured with midfielder Gershon Koffie (12/0) also being sidelined. Defender Darrius Barnes (0/0) is doubtful together with 1st keeper Bob Shuttleworth (14 games). Shuttleworth could return soon, but 2nd keeper Brad Knighton (3 games) have covered his place in the previous three games.
On the other side, New York City has been showing great form this season. Patrick Vieira’s men has put up three wins in a row with a strong win against 4th placed New York Red Bulls (0-2) as their latest triumph. 7-6-5 has given the club 27 points which also have brought them into the top of the table. They have conceded as much as 31 goals in 18 games, but they have also scored 29 goals which make them the most scoring team in the division. The presence of David Villa (18/12) is off course their main reason for their table position and high scoring attitude together with strong names like Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard in the squad.
It is not likely that Patrick Vieira wants to change his winning lineup from their last game. Striker Steve Mendoza (13/1) and midfielder Connor Brandt (0/0) are still missing through injuries, while defender Ethan White (11/0) midfielder and Federicio Bravo (12/0) are doubtful.
With New England Revolution’s struggling form and injuries, it should really be an interesting game against the division leaders. With the visitors being the strongest away team in the division (4-1-2) as well, I definitely see this game more open than the bookmakers do at the current moment. These two teams are the most conceding ones as mentioned which certainly will give an entertaining match here.
Even though the host has 11:9 on goal difference from their eight home games, I still consider over 2.5 goals to be an interesting choice. It will take a handful to stop David Villa from adding to his numbers given his form.