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Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New England Revolution - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Major League Soccer clash between Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

The Philadelphia Union will hope to gain some ground on the Eastern Conference-leading New England Revolution as their Major League Soccer season resumes on Wednesday at Subaru Park.

Philly earned their first win of the regular season last weekend, beating the lowly Chicago Fire 2-0, while the Revs suffered their first setback in 2021, losing 2-0 against Nashville.


Match preview

Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin pictured in September 2020© Reuters

After a tough start to their 2021 campaign, going winless in their opening two matches, it appears Jim Curtin has his side back on the right track.

The Union are coming off a solid week, advancing to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League and beating Chicago in the Windy City on Saturday.

Over the past few seasons, Philadelphia have had their way with the Revolution, particularly in their regular-season encounters.

In 2020 they went unbeaten against New England in four regular-season games, although the Revs won the one that mattered most, beating Philly 2-0 in the first round of the playoffs.

You have to go back to 2017 for the last time the team from Greater Boston earned a regular-season win against Philadelphia.

Bruce Arena knows what it takes to succeed in this league, winning five MLS Cup titles as a manager and earning MLS Coach of the Year honours three times.

His experience has proved invaluable to the Revs, who have hit the ground running in 2021, with seven points from their first four matches.

A part of their early success comes from finding balance, specifically balanced scoring, as four different players have found the back of the net so far.

New England have not finished first in their conference since the 2005 campaign, but they are an early favourite to end that drought this season.

Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer form:
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Philadelphia Union form (all competitions):
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New England Revolution Major League Soccer form:
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Team News

New England Revolution coach Bruce Arena during the first half against the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium in March 2020© Reuters

The Union will be without midfielder Jose Martinez after the league suspended him for his violent conduct against New York FC, where he was red-carded less than 20 minutes into the game.

Cory Burke, who scored his first goal of the season last weekend, needs two more to move into seventh place all-time in Union history.

Polish striker Kacper Przybylko scored three times to help Philly knock out Atlanta in the CONCACAF Champions League.

New England will be missing defensive midfielder Luis Caicedo with a leg injury, while Christian Mafla and Emmanuel Boateng are questionable with lower-body injuries.

The pairing of Andrew Farrell and Henry Kessler have been incredibly effective for the Revs, holding DC United to just one shot on target and shutting down a dynamic Atlanta attack.

Philadelphia Union possible starting lineup:
Blake; Mbaizo, Glesnes, Elliot, Real; Bedoya, Flach, Monteiro; Fontana; Burke, Przybylko

New England Revolution possible starting lineup:
Turner; Bye, Farrell, Kessler, Jones; Maciel, Polster; Buchanan, Gil; Bunbury, Buksa


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We say: Philadelphia Union 2-1 New England Revolution

The Union have had their way with New England at Subaru Park, going undefeated against them in their last six encounters, outscoring them by a margin of 17-2.

New England have vastly improved since then, but Philadelphia are growing in confidence after advancing to the Champions League semi-finals, and their star players are starting to come alive.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England9621149520
2Orlando City95311661018
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia9432117415
4Columbus Crew842296314
5New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls84041210212
6DC United9405911-212
7New York City FCNY City83231510511
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta8251119211
9CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
10Nashville SCNashville825198111
11Inter MiamiInter Miami9225814-68
12Toronto81251015-55
13Chicago Fire8116413-94
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati7115617-114

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England9621149520
2Orlando City95311661018
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia9432117415
4Columbus Crew842296314
5New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls84041210212
6DC United9405911-212
7New York City FCNY City83231510511
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta8251119211
9CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
10Nashville SCNashville825198111
11Inter MiamiInter Miami9225814-68
12Toronto81251015-55
13Chicago Fire8116413-94
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati7115617-114

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