New England Revolution vs Nashville SC Betting Preview
The New England Revolution will host Nashville SC at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, on Wednesday, August 4 at 7:00 pm EST. Both of these teams have been red hot as of late, finding themselves at and near the top of the Eastern Conference.
New England is coming off a tight 3-2 win against the New York Red Bulls, where a goal in stoppage time pushed them across the finish line. Meanwhile, Nashville didn’t find the same luck in their most recent match against Toronto FC, where it finished in a 1-1 tie despite Nashville outshooting Toronto 12 to 6.
This is not a new matchup for either side. The two teams have already faced off twice this season. Both games saw Nashville out-possessed yet outshooting the Revolution. One of those ended in a 2-0 win in favor of Nashville, while the other ended 1-1. This Wednesday game will be the first one in New England, so we’ll see if the Revolution get to enact their revenge.
Keys to the Match
The first fifteen minutes of each half will be important. The New England Revolution, when they do give up goals, do so right at the beginning of each half. They have a bad record of coming out of the gates sluggish. Maybe it’s complacency? They know that they are the better side, so they don’t work as hard initially. Either way, if Nashville can come out firing on all cylinders at the first whistle and put one away, they’ll be in a good spot.
On the other hand, Nashville SC needs to keep their defense together. They are one of the most composed and strong teams defensively in the MLS, but the Revolution are going to be a challenge. Carles Gil and Gustavo Bou have developed quite the connection.
Nashville needs to keep an eye on those two at all times. When Gil picks up his head, the immediate reaction needs to be to drop. And when Bou gets on the ball, Nashville needs to be tough tight and deny him any mobility. Bou with an inch of space is going to result in a shot that needs to be saved.
New England Revolution vs Nashville SC Betting Prediction
This is an interesting game to pick. Nashville has only lost one game this season. But they have only won six, drawing nine. To repeat, they are on a seven-game unbeaten streak with some decent results.
Most of that streak is against bottom-table teams, but a few dominating wins at that. The Revolution are one of the best in Major League Soccer right now, winning thirteen, drawing three, and losing three, but they haven’t played much serious competition as of late. They are still one of the best.
This is #1 vs #3 in the Eastern Conference, and these top-of-the-table games are recipes for draws. Both of these teams score lots of goals, but they don’t give up many either. Nashville has fewer goals against by a good margin. The Revolution tend to play other top teams to high-scoring games, while Nashville usually ends in a tight match.
2-2 or 3-2 is the score that feels the most likely, so take the over 3.5 goal total at +195, and if you’re feeling confident, the moneyline on Nashville at +425. While they are the underdog, Nashville SC is severely undervalued at those odds. The Revolution are far from untouchable.