Match Preview: DC v NE

It’s been a while since I’ve done a preview post. The last time was actually against New England Revolution. Here’s hoping we get a better result and performance than that game. I’m going to start this a fresh, and I hope you enjoy what I can bring into the preview. So, format is going to be this:

DC United

Opposition

Scoreline Prediction

Where to watch

Let’s start the preview.

DC United

DC United have only been beaten once in the last 6 games at home, however the record is 2-1-3. The one defeat coming against NYCFC in the US Open Cup QF. DCU’s season has come to a bit of a halt, after an early breakaway with victories against reigning MLS Cup holders Atlanta United and a big win against RSL, things were looking good, but since the injuries to FB’s and players away on international duty, the side has not been settled. Tonight could be the first game we see a post-Acosta side as he is the only player to be out of tonights game through suspension. The lineup I’ve predicted is below.

1st post Acosta lineup?

It’s looking very strong and I think this could be where we see Titi Rodriguez playing more centrally. In the two games I’ve seen him do that, he has looked very strong. His great athleticism, ability to bring the ball from deep and to go round players could be the key to unlocking defense’s.

Thankfully nothing much else to report from a DC United view, from watching some preview clips, it looks like we want to make amends for recent performances. Let’s hope we have a passionate performance tonight.

New England Revolution

New England have their new Head Coach in Bruce Arena really stamping his ethos since the last time we played this side, he had just been announced as the head guy. Their form has really come on leaps and bounds, in the last 6 games, they have a record of 4-1-2. NE Revs road record is slightly different however, 3-2-1. They are coming from back to back victories, one home win and one road victory, against Houston Dynamo and Colorado Rapids.

Their top scorer is currently Carles Gil and J Caicedo, with 4 a piece, a far cry form the 10 that Rooney has. NE Revs currently sit outside of the playoffs, but only on goal difference.

Scoreline Prediction

I’m optimistic about tonight’s game. I like what has been said before the game, and the fact that Arriola is back, Acosta is out, I feel like we will be looking to have a big victory. We need to respect what Arena has done to the Revs, making them more solid than they had been previously. Saying that, the crowd will bring them through. So, here goes, my prediction!

Where to watch?

Stream: Bet365

TV: FreeSports

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Match Preview: NE v DCU

Predicted Lineup

As you can see from this, I think McCann will start instead of Moreno, not sure it will be too soon for him to start after he has been out of action for a bit, granted he did play in the friendly. Also, Arriola is currently suspended so I reckon Segura will be starting. Olsen seems to trust him more than Stieber.

Key Stats

Not a stat, but key nonetheless, Bruce Arena is now in charge of New England Revolution. And as stated in my guest appearance on DCU_Soccer podcast, it’s like having a new car smell when having a new head coach. The players will want to impress, but DC need to be on them.

If we look at this season, the Revs are not having a great season at all, incredibly leaky in defence, and not doing a lot going forward, this could be a high scoring game for DC, as long as they can cure their going forward problems. With Arriola out this may be more difficult, but this is a prime match to get the confidence back and flowing. This game usually has 3 goals or more at the Gillette Stadium, however New England are usually on top. Overall though DC are better in this fixture. In the same fixture last season, it finished 3-2 to the Revs, and the last time DC beat New England at their ground was April 14th 2012.

Match Prediction

I think we can win this 2-0. Hopefully all those travelling can come back happy. I don’t think we will have much of a problem getting a shut out, Hamid has been incredible this season, it’s just us going forward. I hope we can attack with pace, and that Griffin Yow get’s some game time if we need it. I think he can be the game changer.

What do you think? Let me know on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. You can watch this game in the UK on FreeSports from 12:35am

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