MLS: New England desperate to end losing run

Columbus is chasing a first win at Gillette Stadium since 2011

Columbus is chasing a first win at Gillette Stadium since 2011

This Saturday, New England Revolution will play host to Columbus Crew after being decimated 5-1 by the Galaxy last weekend and 2-0 by FC Dallas in midweek. The blowout loss in California was orchestrated by Robbie Keane who was not only able to end his scoring drought with two goals, but was able to assist Gyasi Zardes for two strikes as well against an increasingly despairing New England team. The Galaxy and FC Dallas loss meant that New England have lost their last seven matches (six in MLS and one in the US Open Cup), their longest streak since 2001.

 

 

While Columbus Crew managed to win their previous game against the Montreal Impact, their record is just as abysmal as the Revolution’s. The 2-1 win against the Impact is their first victory in 8 games, while the game was decided by a Bernando Anor brace, the Venezuelan’s first goals since Opening day. The goals and the win came on the back of another game where the Crew dominated possession and yet still had to settle for long range shots and a David Moyes-esque number of crosses –though they did have Adam Bedell as striker, so that could be understandable. The win is the Crew’s first in league play since late May and though it comes at a relief, it should still be noted that the Impact – dead last in the Eastern Conference standings – aren’t the worthiest of opponents at the moment.

 

New England Revolution v Columbus Crew Betting Odds:

New England win 1.90

Columbus win 3.75

Draw 3.25

(All odds provided by AllYouBet.ag are accurate as of today and subject to change)

 

One problem that both teams seem to share is the lack of a reliable center forward at this moment, though the reasons differ. The Revolution have gone through all of their options in attack, landing at Charlie Davies, who has managed to disappoint as much as those before him. The former United States international, whose top-level career is yet to recover from a serious car accident in 2009, is yet to find the net since moving back to MLS with the Revs in 2013.

As things stand, the team is essentially trapped in a conundrum of either Davies or Teal Bunbury, who has two goals and a listless amount of ineffective and frankly counter-productive games to his name. The Crew, meanwhile, have been victims of their own thinning forward line, which leaves them in the position of starting the aforementioned Bedell, an MLS rookie, as their striker. While Bedell has impressed in his substitute appearances, the last game suggested he may not be ready to be the starting striker, a burden that he should not have had to bear so soon to begin with.

 

The stats for both teams are eerily similar: New England has scored 24 total goals compared to the Crew’s 23 while conceding 31 and 26 goals respectively. The Revolution have had 91 shots on target while Columbus has had 86, taking 186 and 211 total. Though they seem similar in many ways, New England has won the last four out of five meetings between the two teams, though the other resulted in a thrilling 4-3 win for the Crew.

The Crew could continue their rebirth against the Revolution, as they’re coming up against an honestly hopeless team that has showed few signs of ending their losing streak. In the 5-1 loss to LA Galaxy, were it not for a penalty and a few near misses, the scoreline of the game would have been exceedingly worse. Columbus, with their reputation of being able to dominate possession could easily exploit a Revolution team that has to find a way to stop the bleeding quickly.

 

Betting Instinct tip – Columbus Crew to be winning at half-time and full-time is +450 with Intertops.eu

 

BdykNApCQAEQ_-t ZITO MADU (zitov2) is a writer for SBnation, and has written for Surreal Football, LiveBreatheFutbol,  and numerous other sports sites. Follow him on Twitter.

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