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Massive Predictions: Columbus Crew SC at New England Revolution

Can the Black & Gold go 2-0 over the Revs this season?

MLS: New England Revolution at Columbus Crew SC Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

It will be just over three weeks from the first meeting between Columbus Crew SC and the New England Revolution and the second on Sunday. It will also be the last.

The Black & Gold won the first contest at MAPFRE Stadium 2-0, but this game will be at Gillette Stadium. Fortunately, Columbus has been good on the road against the Revolution, posting a 15-14-6 in Foxborough.

Both teams enter this contest after successful outings a week ago. Crew SC went on the road and defeated the Montreal Impact 3-2 thanks to a hat trick by Justin Meram. New Engalnd was at home and benefitted from four goals from four different players in the biggest victory of the year, 4-0.

Can either team keep the momentum going in this match? Let’s see what our esteemed cast of characters thinks this week.

Patrick Murphy

New England is an interesting team to try and get a read on. It seems like every time they have a positive result, it’s followed by something negative.

Well last week’s 4-0 win, which came against a heavily depleated Real Salt Lake side, could indicate a good night for Crew SC.

I think a full week without a game, plus the win last week, will help the Black & Gold in this one. Federico Higuain tends to have big games against the Revs so it wouldn’t surprise me if he does again in this one. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Ola Kamara bag another goal.

Columbus needs to be wary of Kei Kamara becuase I believe he’s due for one good game against his former team before everything is all said and done.

With that said, I think this will be another three road points for Crew SC.
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Josh Mlot

This is a tough one to guess. New England finally broke a five-game winless streak ... but it was against a short handed and already struggling Real Salt Lake. Columbus won the last meeting ... but easily could have conceded a couple of goals. The Revs have so much attacking talent ... but has been inconsistent. Winning on the road is tough (even if Columbus did it last weekend) and the turf at Foxborough Stadium has always caused trouble. Where does all of this train of thought lead me? I think this will come down to pace of attack and getting into the spaces New England's diamond allows. My brain tells me that this is easier said than done in a road contest, and while I think CCSC can have some success, three points will be a big ask.
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Josh Enke

New England, like Columbus, is inconsistent. Over the past few weeks, both sides have shown brilliant performances and followed up the next week with an uninspiring late game meltdown. While these Eastern Conference clubs are somewhat comparable (exciting young goalkeepers, potent attacks, a Kamara, the aforementioned up-and-down form, etc.), Crew SC still seem to be operating at a discernibly higher level, thanks in large part to individual offensive heroics by frontmen Federico Higuain and Justin Meram.

The first meeting two weeks ago in Columbus highlighted what I thought to be the Black & Gold's best team outing of the season. The Revolution had moments, but ultimately let frustration dictate performance (a clothesline invariably equals a red card). However, with Columbus now on the road and MLS being MLS with home matches, I think New England get in a position to please the crowd, though still fall short of really getting the cream to shoot from Gillette Stadium.

I say Meram continues to show why he's an early MVP candidate, but the Revs scrap to a late equalizer. This match may be bitterly fought.
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Nathaniel Marhefka

We saw what New England's offense can do against RSL last weekend in their 4-0 first half dismantling of Mike Petke's side. This result came at home and Crew SC travels to Foxborough. Now don't get me wrong, Columbus' offense and defense are both far better than RSL's "B-team." That said, the Revs will come with a breath of confidence and Crew SC will have to play fairly flawless to come away with a win on the road in this one. The Black & Gold beat them two weeks ago by a margin of two but this one will be different as they will have Kei Kamara and Chris Tierney back in the starting XI.

In this match I see the Revs scoring an early goal and Crew SC coming back in the second half. A result away from home that Berhalter may be content with after all.
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Ralph Schudel

This game could be particularly telling for Crew SC. They finally have a full week of rest coming off of a grueling three-games-in-eight-day stretch. Justin Meram logged 262 game minutes last week and still performed at a Herculean level and the defense really had some terrible mental lapses as the week went on.

Now with eight days of rest, Columbus comes into this game refreshed and reenergized. They will be facing a known enemy in Kei Kamara, who has been largely ineffective for the Revs since the trade last year. Another threat Crew SC need to contain is Lee Nguyen. There were several opportunities in their last meeting that Nguyen could have very easily found himself on the scoresheet and turned the tide for the Revs.

For Columbus to be successful, they must keep riding the hot hand of Meram and utilize him in numerous ways on the offense. In addition, Crew SC needs to play a complete team game to see this match out and gather three points on the road. This means the team needs to come out with a sense of urgency, limit mental errors, and dictate the play. There will be no cause for concern if Columbus sticks to the script on Sunday.
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Collin Johnson

MLS away matches are always tricky, but I like the way Crew SC matches up with New England. The Revoluion have only played one match since their trip to MAPFRE, a 4-0 drubbing of an injury-depleted Real Salt Lake. New England will likely be with the service of Kei Kamara, so I expect a little more intensity than normal from the Black & Gold. For Crew SC, Artur is likely to be back in the starting lineup, as he was against Montreal, which should help the spine of the Columbus defense limit New England's attacks in the middle of the field. Kekuta Manneh is likely to start, or see time, again this week and I think he scores the match-winning goal for Crew SC.
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Patrick Guldan

Columbus Crew SC found success on the road with a good win against the Montreal Impact after a 1-2-0 home stand. This week’s challenge is harder as New England is a better foe than the Impact. Their offense creates chances and the defense is acceptable. Lee Nguyen is in solid form with five goals and three assists, backed by the second best expected goals and assists total in the league and newcomer Antonio Delamea has impressed on defense. The table may show a mismatch, but the improving Revolution form and the difficulty of winning on the road suggests a Crew SC loss.
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Kris Landis

It's like we just left this party. Crew SC have been maddeningly inconsistent with their results lately, even being inconsistent within a single game at times. They head to New England to play a very dangerous Revs side that should have just about their entire array of weapons at their disposal. I can see this one being a tough night for Crew SC, not necessarily because I expect them to struggle, but because I think that this New England team is very dangerous. They have too many weapons to try to focus in on stopping just one, and I think that strain will put this up and down Crew defense under too much pressure. Both sides will score, but I can't see Crew SC coming away with this one.
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