Nashville SC vs. New England Revolution – MLS, October 23, 2020
Nashville will be aiming to secure a third straight victory when New England visits Nissan Stadium on Friday, October 23. The Tennessee club has moved up to eighth in the Eastern Conference, with the fifth-place Revs sitting four points ahead.
When the two teams met at Gillette Stadium at the beginning of October, Nashville managed to hold New England to a goalless draw. But it’s fair to say that Bruce Arena’s men dominated the previous meeting.
After discussing the bookies’ odds, I give my Nashville SC vs. New England Revolution prediction and pick.
Nashville SC vs. New England Revolution Odds
10bet has clearly taken Nashville’s (2.65) recent form into account when pricing up this matchup. There is no denying that New England (2.40) should be the favorite here, but the narrow odds gap indicates that Nashville won’t make life easy for the Revs.
If you fancy Nashville’s chances of snatching another draw in this fixture, odds of 3.60 are certainly worth considering.
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Despite racking up 66% possession and 17 shots (six on target) in their previous meeting, New England wasn’t able to find a way through against Nashville. Gary Smith’s men only registered four shots (one on target) at Gillette Stadium, but they managed to hold on and steal a point.
However, that draw came in the middle of an impressive four-game unbeaten streak for Nashville. The Tennessee club followed it up with another draw against Minnesota United before losing to Sporting Kansas City. But it didn’t take long for the team to get back on track.
Smith’s men head into Friday’s clash on the back of consecutive victories, meaning they have lost just one of their last seven outings. After beating Houston Dynamo 3-1, Nashville dispatched FC Dallas 3-0 to seal the biggest winning margin of their inaugural MLS campaign.
Randall Leal, Jhonder Cadiz, and Daniel Rios all got on the scoresheet as Nashville cruised past Dallas. Needless to say, Smith’s men will be brimming with confidence.
Still, New England has also been in good form of late. Despite losing two of their last four games, victories over New York City and Montreal Impact have kept the club firmly in the play-off places.
The Revs have only lost two of their previous eight encounters, with four wins coming in that time. Arena’s men have also kept three clean sheets during that period, helping them to maintain one of the best defensive records in the division.
The Greater Boston outfit was extremely unfortunate not to get anything from their game against Philadelphia Union on Monday. The Revs enjoyed the majority of possession and notch up a massive 22 shots (eight on target), but they eventually lost 2-1.
Nashville SC vs. New England Revolution Betting Pick
Both these teams have recorded a series of solid results recently, so I can see this being a closely-fought encounter. Granted, New England currently holds a four-point lead over Nashville. But Smith’s men do have a game in hand over the Revs.
On paper, New England boasts the better squad. But it feels like there is so much momentum with Nashville at the moment. I believe the draw is the most likely outcome on Friday.