The hosts were held to a goalless draw at Vancouver last Sunday, while three days later, Cincinnati played out a thrilling 4-4 draw against New York City.
New England Revolution will host FC Cincinnati in a Major League Soccer (MLS) fixture at Gillette stadium on Sunday. Both sides are heading into the tie on the back of draws in their respective previous games. The hosts were held to a goalless draw at Vancouver last Sunday, while three days later, Cincinnati played out an eight goal-thriller against New York City. New England are currently holding on to the final playoff spot in Eastern Conference of MLS, while the visitors are narrowly above them in the table, even on points (24), but separated by number of victories.
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At BC Place, last Sunday, New England struggled to create enough quality goal-scoring chances but looked very solid at the back to keep a clean sheet and earn a point. The Revs are normally known for their lethal attacking game plan and it was a surprise for many of their fans to see their compact defensive display, not giving too much space to the opposition attackers. Bruce Arena’s side has won two of their last five games, while the other three ended in draws.
Cincinnati, on the other hand, played out a thrilling 4-4 draw against New York City, last Wednesday. At the TQL Stadium, Luciano Costa opened the scoring before Brenner netted a hat-trick to share the spoils against the Pigeons. Off late, Cincinnati’s form hasn’t been very great, winning just one of their last five games, while two of those ending in defeats. Prior to the New York City draw, the Orange and Blue got the better of Orlando City courtesy of Brenner’s lone goal in the 65th minute. With 24 points from 17 games, both teams are just five points adrift of the leaders Montreal.
New England Revolution goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic put up a good show against Vancouver to earn a clean sheet last week and he would continue to guard the goal with central defenders Bell and Farrell in front of him. Meanwhile new signing Tommy McNamara will not be available on Sunday because of a suspension . Matt Polster, Henry Kessler, Brandon Bye and Sebastian Lletget are all sidelined with injuries. As for Cincinnati, last game’s hat-trick hero Brenner should lead the attack alongside Vazquez. Meanwhile Ronald Matarrita is nursing an ankle problem, Dominique Badji and Junior Moreno have leg injuries.
New England Revolution possible line-up: Petrovic; Jones, Bell, Farrell, De LaGarza; Maciel, Kaptoum; Borrero, Gill, Boateng; Bou
FC Cincinnati possible line-up: Celentano; Powell, Hagglund, Murphy, Blackett; Cruz, Medunjanin, Barreal; Acosta; Vazquez, Brenner.
The Major League Soccer encounter between New England Revolution and FC Cincinnati will take place at Gillette Stadium and it will kickoff at 5:00 am IST on July 4, Monday.
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