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The reigning Supporters’ Shield winners will travel to Gillette Stadium on Sunday to face the current leaders in this race Revolution in New England.
The Revsare driving an undefeated run of five games this weekend during the Philadelphia Union ended their winless streak of three games with a 3-0 win over Toronto on Wednesday.
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It has been clear for some time that New England would be one of the teams to beat this year and no one has been able to do that recently.
On Wednesday, however, their normally strong strikers fired blank strokes as they failed to score against a stingy Nashville side despite having most of the ball and firing six of their 12 shots on target.
Keeping the Revsoff the top scorer list is rare, as the top scoring team in the MLS has only played without a goal twice, each time against Nashville.
The return of Henry Kessler from his short stint at the Gold Cup, their defense against the Boys in Gold seemed to be solidifying as the Revsheld a single-digit team for only the fourth time in the entire season.
Bruce Arena knows better than anyone the importance of staying sharp without overtaking yourself and that mentality has served this team well.
New England hasn’t always been spectacular, but they’ve capped their losses this year, and they have more than enough firepower to turn a game around if they’re behind.
The Union looked a lot more like the 2020 Supporters’ Shield winners this week when they faced Toronto FC and won for the first time since July 17.
Philly stepped on the accelerator on Wednesday, scoring three goals in the first half and driving to one of their more comfortable wins of the year.
A sense of comfort is something that Jim Curtin has rarely felt on the sidelines of the Union this season as his team had to work on every point and only won two games with more than one goal this year.
That’s already a significant change from their shortened 2020 season, in which they won six games by three or more goals.
They scored multiple goals in 14 different games in 2020 but have only managed to do so six times so far in 2021, with many of their goals coming in the final minutes.
Philly has held the Revsnumber for the past few years and has remained undefeated in the last 10 match-ups against them, including a 1-1 draw at Subaru Park in May.
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The Revswill still be missing Luis Caicedo and Jon Bellwho have had lower body injuries while Carles GilHe, who leads the league on assists and key passes, could miss the next few weeks with a sport break.
Canadian winger Tajon Buchanan is still on the team but all indications are that he will soon be eliminated, with Belgian giant Club Brugge and Bundesliga club Augsburg showing interest in the youngster.
Buchanan and Gil were selected along with the goalkeeper for the MLS All-Star game later that month Matt Turner and striker Gustavo Bouwho is tied in goals with 10 in the MLS.
The Union won’t Alvas Powell available due to an achilles tendon problem while Jack de Vries and Anthony Fontana are questionable due to the concussion protocol.
Kai Wagner was the only player on the team who was selected for the All-Star game while Daniel Gazdag scored his first goal of the season on Wednesday and added an assist, his second this year.
Your top scorer Kacper Przybylko is without a goal during his last two games Sergio Santos replaced Cory Burke in the starting XI against Toronto and scored his fourth goal of the season.
New England Revolution possible starting line-up:
Gymnast; Bye, Mafla, Kessler, DeLaGarza; Boateng, Polster, Traustason; Buchanan, Bou, Buksa
Philadelphia Union possible starting line-up:
Blake; Findlay, Glesnes, Elliot, Wagner; Ilsinho, Martinez, Flach, Sullivan; Santos, Przybylko
Probability: New England Revolution 1-1 Philadelphia Union
The Revshad a lot of possession in their match on Wednesday, but without Gil in the middle of the park, they didn’t have as many clear scoring opportunities as usual.
Philly has been without a win in the last six street games, starting slowly in each of these games, and has to find a way back in the final stages of many of these encounters.
Best betting tip for this match
Our expert tipster partners at footpredictions.com forecast less than 3.5 goals in this game. Click here to see more football predictions to see what else they are predicting for this game and for more proven soccer tips.Under 3.5: data