New England Revolution and Columbus Crew will both look for their first win when they will clash against one another on Saturday. New England played a really solid match in Dallas and managed to escape with a draw point. Columbus Crew also played for a 1-1 draw, at home against the New York Red Bulls.
Date/Time: 3-9-2019, 14:00 EST
Spread: Columbus Crew +0.25
Total: 2.75 Goals
New England Revolution (0-0-1) started the new season with a promising result. They traveled to Dallas, which is always a challenge for them, especially lately. Despite losing their previous six matches in that venue, this time they held strong. Their opponents took an early lead at the 13th minute but it was a really balanced match overall. New England Revolution pulled back even at the 57th minute when newly-signed Gil scored in his debut. New England will surely want to do better than last season where they finished at the 8th spot of the East (10-13-11). They should improve their performances at home, where last season they had the 2nd fewest wins (8-4-5).
Columbus Crew (0-0-1) had an equally hard task in their premiere when they hosted the New York Red Bulls. Columbus Crew were the better team in the first half overall, but they conceded an early goal at the 6th minute. But they didn’t stop fighting and pulled even at the 41st minute. The second half was a great struggle for Columbus Crew but they did manage to hold out for a 1-1 draw. Columbus Crew finished at the 5th spot of the Eastern Conference last season (14-11-9). After beating DC United in the knock-out round they were eliminated by NYCFC in the Conference semi-finals. Their away record in the regular season was a poor 3-9-5 that was good enough to the the 5th best in the Conference. But Columbus Crew had severe scoring issues on the road, scoring just 11 goals.
Columbus Crew have been really great in this match-up in recent years, losing just once in the last six against New England (4-1-1). Moreover, they kept clean sheets in all four wins in that span. Last season they won by 1-0 in this venue after a 2-2 draw at home.
New England Revolution have also been solid as hosts against Columbus Crew in recent years (6-3-2 since 2012). They looked really good in their away match against FC Dallas and now they will look for their first home win. Columbus Crew struggled a lot on the road last season and could do so again.
MLS New England Revolution vs Columbus Crew Prediction: New England Revolution -0.25 (-124)
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