San Jose Earthquakes vs New England Revolution Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
San Joes Earthquakes v New England Revolution predictions for Thursday’s MLS fixture at Avaya Stadium. The hosts come into this match in dismal form and will thus be looking to turn their fortunes around in front of a home crowd. Continue reading below to see our tips for this match.
Reason For San Jose Earthquakes vs New England Revolution Betting Tips
If it wasn’t for Colorado’s demise, San Jose Earthquakes would currently be propping up the Western Conference, though as things stand they’re in 11th position instead of 12th. Whether they’re bottom or second bottom, the form of Thursday’s hosts has been abysmal of late. Mikael Stahre’s men have lost each of their last five, while they’ve won just two games all season.
In contrast, New England, who’re currently fifth in the Eastern Conference, have done reasonably well this season. Having said that, the form of Brad Friedel’s men on the road has been anything but impressive. From a goal-scoring point of view, Thursday’s visitors are no mugs, though they are finding it very tough to keep clean sheets when plying their trade away from the comforts of home. The struggling hosts will be hoping to take advantage of such defensive frailties.
Fortunately for Stahre’s men, New England are a team who’ve found wins hard to come by on the road of late, so all is not lost as far as the hosts are concerned. However, with the hosts having found it immensely tough to keep teams out, even on their own patch, they’re unlikely to be too confident.
San Jose may be in a rather unflattering league position, though their attacking form has not been at all bad this season. Thursday’s hosts have failed to score in just two of their fourteen matches during the current MLS campaign, while they’ve only failed to find the net in one of their six home matches, scoring a more than respectable total of ten goals at Avaya Stadium this season.
In terms of recent performances, despite offering almost no resistance defensively, conceding a worrying total of seven goals in their last two home matches, San Jose have competed in the final third. They offered a significant threat when scoring three against LA Galaxy last time out, while they also attacked well when scoring against DC United prior to that.
However, as alluded to above, the hosts simply cannot keep teams out. Having conceded 14 in just six home games and having looked all over the place against Galaxy last time out, keeping a clean sheet is likely to once again prove beyond them, especially since New England are a side capable of scoring goals.
From a defensive point of view, New England have struggled on the road; the visitors come here having conceded in each of their six away matches this season, conceding a total of 12 goals. Such a record doesn’t bode well, though they might just fancy themselves to outscore a home team who’ve been as bad at the back.
The visitors, who’ve taken the fifth highest number of shots in the MLS this season, aren’t shy in going forward, while they’re capable of both creating chances and scoring goals. Having scored goals away against the likes of Philadelphia and Orlando recently, Friedel’s men should be up to doing plenty of damage in this match.
In all honesty, given the recent defensive record of both, it would be a surprise if there was a shortage of goals at Avaya Stadium on Thursday. Both teams have clear defensive frailties, which should only entice the pair to get forward. It’s no surprise that no team has seen ‘Over 3.5 Goals’ land more than the ridiculously open San Jose, and the hosts are once again backed to be involved in a goal-filled encounter.
Head to Head
New England have won three of the last five renewals of this fixture, while San Jose are without a win during that time. When the teams last met, they drew 0-0.
San Jose Earthquakes Team News
Shea Salinas is out injured for the hosts, though they have no other fitness concerns ahead of this match. However, Harold Cummings and Anibal Godoy, who're both away with Panama, will miss out.
New England Revolution Team News
The visitors will be without Isaac Angking on Thursday, while Chris Tierney is also out injured. Krisztian Nemeth has recently been away with his national side, so this fixture may come too soon for him.
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San Jose Earthquakes vs New England Revolution Stats
- Only two teams have managed more shots on target than New England this season.
- During the current campaign, the visitors have seen an average of 3.67 goals go in on the road.
- San Jose have seen an average of 4.00 goals scored on their own patch this season.
- Both teams have scored in 86% of San Jose’s home matches in the MLS during the current campaign.
- In 30 combined MLS matches this season, San Jose and New England have kept just three clean sheets between them.
Published: June 13, 2018
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