New England Revolution vs. Atlanta United – MLS, May 1, 2021
Atlanta’s promising start to 2021 was brought to an abrupt end by Philadelphia on Tuesday, as the Union crushed the Five Stripes 3-0 in the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals.
Gabriel Heinze’s side returns to MLS action on Saturday, May 1, coming up against New England at Gillette Stadium.
On the flip side, the Revs are unbeaten this season. Having drawn with Chicago on the opening weekend, they clinched a slender victory over DC United last time out.
You can find my New England Revolution vs. Atlanta United prediction below.
New England vs. Atlanta Odds
The online sportsbooks have taken Atlanta’s midweek thrashing into account when pricing up this match.
Granted, New England is the rightful favorite to claim all three points on Saturday. But I was expecting the odds for the home win to be a little higher here.
With that in mind, the high price for the away victory is bound to attract plenty of attention.
Assessing the Revs’ Early-Season Form
The Revs found themselves 2-0 down just 11 minutes into their 2021 MLS campaign. However, goals from Adam Buska and Gustavo Bou ensured that New England secured a comeback draw against Chicago.
Bruce Arena’s men were also made to work extremely hard for their first win of the season last time out. They clinched a slender 1-0 victory over DC United – benefitting from Brendan Hines-Ike’s own goal.
There truly was very little to separate New England and DC last weekend.
Arena will probably be slightly concerned about his team’s lack of attacking intent, but he will also be happy to have come away from Week 2 with a clean sheet.
Only three sides conceded fewer goals than New England in the Eastern Conference last term. If last weekend’s solid defensive display is anything to go by, the Revs will be tough to break down again this year.
Atlanta Team News and Analysis
After dominating a goalless draw with Orlando City on the opening weekend, Atlanta secured an easy 3-1 win over Chicago in Week 2.
The Five Stripes registered 18 shots (six on target) and finished the game with 61% possession against the Fire, with DP Ezequiel Barco opening his MLS account for 2021.
Naturally, Gabriel Heinze’s men headed into the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final on a high. But they were quickly brought back down to earth by Philadelphia.
Despite enjoying plenty of the ball and creating countless goalscoring opportunities, the Five Stripes’ wastefulness saw them suffer a damaging defeat to the U – conceding three goals in 29 second-half minutes.
The Heinze era started well in Georgia, but the new head coach clearly still has a lot of work to do.
My Revs vs. Atlanta Betting Pick
The Five Stripes have controlled possession in every game since Heinze took charge, but they have often struggled to convert their dominance into goals.
Conversely, the Revs have been more than happy to sit back defend their goal during the early stages of the new campaign.
This matchup brings together two teams with contrasting approaches, so I can see them canceling each other out on Saturday. The draw feels like the best bet for New England vs. Atlanta.