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Jul 3, 2021 at 10pm UK at Columbus Crew Stadium
Columbus CrewColumbus Crew
2-2
New EnglandNew England Revolution
Zardes (39'), Farrell (69' og.)
Nagbe (68'), Mensah (75'), Santos (79')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Buchanan (13'), Bou (30')
Jones (53')

Preview: Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between Columbus Crew and New England Revolution, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

MLS Eastern Conference leaders New England Revolution will look to get back to winning ways when they travel to Columbus Crew.

Bruce Arena's side have a two-point lead over Orlando City at the top of the table but have played one game more, while the Crew sit in fifth.


Match preview

The New England Revolution huddle prior to the start of the game on May 29, 2021© Reuters

Revolution suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat to strugglers FC Dallas in their last outing, beaten by a brace from Ricardo Pepi.

They had gone into the game on a five-match winning streak but lost for just the second time in 11 matches in the 2021 campaign; it was their third game in the space of nine days and tiredness was evident in Arena's men.

While they have a 100% record on home turf this season, New England have only won two of their six away matches so far and kept just one clean sheet on the road.

After travelling to Ohio, their following four matches are all against sides currently in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference.

Adam Buksa scored an 86th-minute winning goal in a 1-0 victory for New England Revolution when the two teams met earlier this season in May, which was the first time Revs had beaten the Crew in six matches since 2017.

Columbus Crew head coach Caleb Porter on June 20, 2021© Reuters

That was one of only three defeats that Caleb Porter's side have suffered in 10 games so far this season, and they remain unbeaten at home; winning three and drawing one of their four games at the Historic Crew Stadium.

However, Saturday's fixture will be the first game at their new home stadium, the Lower.com Field, which has been nearly two years in the making.

The Crew made their first visit to Austin last time out and drew 0-0 with the MLS newcomers, their third goalless stalemate of the campaign.

It is therefore no surprise that while the Ohio outfit have the joint-best defence across both East and West conferences having conceded just seven goals, only Chicago Fire and Austin have scored fewer than their tally of nine.

Columbus Crew Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D

New England Revolution Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L



Team News

New England Revolution head coach Bruce Arena on May 8, 2021© Reuters

Columbus Crew are struggling with a number of injuries, with Josh Williams, Luis Diaz, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Artur all currently sidelined.

Kevin Molino has only recently returned from a hamstring problem but is now away on international duty with Trinidad and Tobago in the Gold Cup qualifiers.

The tournament itself kicks off next week, with the Crew set to lose four more players after Saturday's game, including first choice goalkeeper Eloy Room and striker Gyasi Zardes.

New England Revolution will also lose their shot-stopper, Matt Turner, to the USA squad after the match as well as Canada's Tajon Buchanan.

Striker Gustavo Bou is aiming to score for the fifth consecutive appearance and net his sixth goal of the campaign.

Luis Caicedo and Christian Mafla are both unavailable through injury.

Columbus Crew possible starting lineup:
Room; Afful, Wormgoor, Mensah, Valenzuela; Nagbe, Parente; Santos, Zelarayan, Molino; Zardes

New England Revolution possible starting lineup:
Turner; Bye, Kessler, Farrell, Jones; McNamara, Polster; Buchanan, Gil, Traustason; Bou


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We say: Columbus Crew 1-1 New England Revolution

There will be plenty of anticipation for this game with Columbus Crew in their new stadium for the first time, but New England Revolution will be aiming to be the party crashers. The visitors certainly look the stronger side, but we think the occasion will help the Crew and it will end level.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England25174447291855
2Nashville SCNashville231011238211741
3Orlando City2410863533238
4New York City FCNY City23105841271435
5DC United24104103933634
6CF MontrealMontreal249783430434
7Atlanta UnitedAtlanta248973228433
8Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia238872824432
9Inter MiamiInter Miami239592431-732
10Columbus Crew2586112934-530
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2265112528-323
12Chicago Fire2465132438-1423
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2348112342-1920
14Toronto2436152650-2415

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England25174447291855
2Nashville SCNashville231011238211741
3Orlando City2410863533238
4New York City FCNY City23105841271435
5DC United24104103933634
6CF MontrealMontreal249783430434
7Atlanta UnitedAtlanta248973228433
8Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia238872824432
9Inter MiamiInter Miami239592431-732
10Columbus Crew2586112934-530
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2265112528-323
12Chicago Fire2465132438-1423
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2348112342-1920
14Toronto2436152650-2415

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