MLS Soccer: New York Red Bulls vs New England
Friday, May 1st, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Red Bulls and Revolution have their first meeting since the semifinals of last year’s Eastern Conference playoffs, and New York looks for revenge at Gillette Stadium. In an epic two-legged playoff, New England went on to face LA in the finals with a 4 - 3 aggregate win, sending Thierry Henry into retirement without an MLS ring on his finger.
New York is the lone club in MLS to have not suffered defeat so far this year, although New England is the club tied for first place with DC United in the East entering the game. The Red Bulls come off a match with Colorado that saw 30 shots on goal between them, although no one could find the third goal in a 1 - 1 draw. Both teams scored in the first half and no one was able to find the net in the second half.
After a rough start, New England is fully healthy, and back in the form they were in as last year came to a close, having scored at least two goals in four of their last five outings.
The Revs come off a 4 - 0 beat down of Real Salt Lake last weekend and are gaining confidence on a weekly basis, while having four different players contribute goals to the score sheet.
Chris Tierney opened the scoring in the 39th minute with an assist from Juan Agudelo, who scored a goal of his own just before half time to give the Revs a 2 - 0 lead. Charlie Davies gave the Revs a 3 - 0 lead in the 50th minute, and the final goal came off the boot of Scott Caldwell in the 84th minute, completing an aerial assault with 25 shots towards net, 13 of which were on frame.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
New York leads the recent series with 4 Wins, 3 Losses and 4 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
New York +250
New England +115
New York +0.5 -135
New England -0.5 +115
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
New York may lead the recent series as denoted above, but let's face it, the playoff meeting is the last time these two met and New England came out the victor.
These two teams have the ability to score in droves, and neither of them are about to slow down the other, with a frenetic pace expected and plenty of goals to follow. To see New England put 25 shots up last weekend, and New York having tired legs from a mid-week match with Colorado, it all leads to balls finding the back of the net.
Obviously, the total is making the board in this one, and even money on a play on the Over 2.5 is more than reasonable to ask with these two on the same pitch, in what is expected to be a beautiful weekend on the east coast.
New York is not about to have the ability to slow down the Revs, and five of the last six meetings have all seen at least three goals.
Throw the funds towards the net, and expect to see the twine tickled early and often at Gillette.