New England Revolution vs. New York City FC – MLS, Tuesday, November 30, 2021
The New England Revolution’s postseason journey starts on Tuesday, November 30, as New York City FC visits Gillette Stadium in the conference semifinals.
The Revs finished a whopping 22 points ahead of NYCFC in the East, clinching their first-ever Supporters’ Shield for the troubles. But this is knockout soccer – anything can happen.
If you’re here for my New England Revolution vs. New York City FC prediction and betting pick, then I suggest you keep reading.
Let’s get the ball rolling by checking out the odds for Tuesday’s showdown. I will then carry out a detailed analysis of both sides before sharing my prediction for Revs vs. NYCFC.
New England Revolution vs. New York City FC Odds
All the top-ranked soccer betting sites view New England (2.05) as the favorite to win this one. However, the high price for the home victory suggests the Revs will have their work cut out on Tuesday.
New York City (3.25) heads into the conference semifinals in a rich vein of form. Needless to say, Ronny Deila’s men will be desperate to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games in Foxborough.
It’s time to take a closer look at the teams.
New England Analysis – Can the Revs Make Their Mark?
There is absolutely no denying that New England has been the best team in Major League Soccer this year.
The Revs amassed a colossal 22 wins in 34 regular-season games, averaging 2.15 points per game. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that they broke the MLS points record in the process.
On top of that, Bruce Arena’s boys netted a mammoth 65 goals during the regular season – thanks largely to the exploits of Adam Buksa and Gustavo Bou.
- Adam Buksa – 16 goals, 4 assists (31 games)
- Gustavo Bou – 15 goals, 9 assists (30 games)
This year, Buksa and Bou have contributed no fewer than 44 goals involvements between them. They now make up the most feared strike force in Major League Soccer.
Still, the forwards would not have been able to achieve those numbers without Carles Gil. The newly-crowned Comeback Player of the Year has an outrageous 18 assists to his name this season.
Having already beaten New York City twice this year, Arena’s men will surely be confident of securing a third victory over the team from the Big Apple on Tuesday.
NYCFC Analysis – It’s Time for Deila’s Team to Step Up
Last weekend, the Bronx Blues booked their spot in the conference semifinals with a 2-0 victory over Atlanta United – extending their unbeaten run to six matches in the process.
Unsurprisingly, Valentin Castellanos hit the target against the Five Stripes. The Golden Boot winner has netted 21 goals in 33 MLS appearances this year, underlining his value to the team.
There was a point earlier in the season when it looked as though NYCFC would fail to make the playoffs. Across September and October, Deila’s men managed to pick up just a single win in ten matches.
But since thrashing DC United 6-0 at the end of last month, the team has looked like a genuine MLS Cup contender.
- 6-0 vs. DC United (W)
- 1-0 vs. Chicago Fire (W)
- 1-3 vs. Inter Miami (W)
- 1-1 vs. Philadelphia Union (D)
- 2-0 vs. Atlanta United (W)
Not only have the Boys in Blue won four of their previous five outings, but they have also scored 13 goals along the way. Better still, they have achieved three shutouts in that time.
But can they maintain their hot streak against the league’s best team?
Prediction for New England Revolution vs. New York City FC
If you’re looking for a short answer to the question above, then it’s a no from me.
Granted, Deila’s men have upped their game in recent weeks. But I’m confident that New England will outclass New York City at Gillette Stadium.
With Gil feeding Buksa and Bou in attack – and Goalkeeper of the Year Matt Turner keeping things tight at the back – the Revs should be far too strong for NYCFC.
New England Revolution vs. New York City FC Betting Pick
New England Revolution to Win2.05
Considering what New England has already achieved this year, odds of 2.05 for the home win feel extremely generous.
Sure, the Bronx Blues will fancy their chances of upsetting the odds. But you would have to be a brave bettor to wager against the Revs on Tuesday.
The Timbers booked their spot in the conference finals with a 1-0 victory over Colorado on Thursday, but we still have two conference semifinals to bet on before the Revs host NYCFC.
Make sure you check out my other predictions and picks for the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs.