New England Revolution vs. New York City Pick – MLS, September 2, 2020
It feels like New York City is beginning to rediscover the kind of form that saw the club finish top of the Eastern Conference last year. Ronny Deila’s side has endured a tough year up to now, although back-to-back wins suggest that NYC is heading in the right direction.
New England welcomes the Blues to Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, September 2, with the Revs aiming to extend their three-game unbeaten run.
You can find my New England Revolution vs. New York City prediction and betting pick below.
Current Betting Odds
Despite having played a game less than New York City, the Revs find themselves two points ahead of NYC in Eastern Conference standings. The Bronx club has actually won more games than New England, but a series of draws has prevented the Revs from falling down the table. In all honesty, this game could go either way – and the odds at the online betting sites reflect that.
Whether they like it or not, Bruce Arena’s men have become the MLS draw specialists this year. New England has only lost one of their eight Eastern Conference outings in 2020, but a division high five ties mean that the Revs have only managed to win two games this term.
Considering that only league-leader Toronto FC has lost fewer games than New England this season, I don’t think the Greater Boston club will be too disappointed with how their campaign is shaping up at the moment. But it’s important that the Revs start turning draws into wins.
New England’s previous victory came against DC United last week, with Gustavo Bou and Teal Bunbury getting on the scoresheet. However, Adam Buksa is the only other Revs player to hit the target this season. Arena’s defense is solid, but his forwards must click into gear soon.
New York City has also struggled for goals in 2020. In fact, only newcomer Nashville SC has netted fewer goals than Deila’s men in the division. The Bronx outfit scored just two goals in their opening five games this year, although a 3-1 victory over Chicago Fire last time out proves that the team is a threat in attack.
NYC has now won their previous two games, with a 1-0 victory against high-flying Columbus Crew coming before the Chicago win. Following a slow start to the year, the Blues appear to be finding their feet. But New England’s stubbornness could thwart their momentum.
My New England Revolution vs. New York City Pick
You probably won’t be surprised to see that I’m going for the draw here. New York City’s performances have drastically improved in recent weeks, but the Revs are painfully tough to break down. I wouldn’t be shocked to see NYC dominate this game. However, I’m expecting New England to weather the storm and hold on for a point.