The Columbus Crew return home to Crew Stadium on Saturday night to take on the New England Revolution (7:30 pm). This is the first meeting between the two teams this year. Last year, Columbus defeated New England at home, 3-2. The Crew are currently in first in the East, sitting on 34 points (9-7-7). The Revs are sitting in seventh place in the East at 4-10-9 (21 points).
Columbus is coming off a 2-0 loss in Colorado to the Rapids last Friday night. New England also most recently lost. They fell 3-2 to Chivas USA at home on Saturday.
Eddie Gaven picked up an injury in the 3rd minute in Colorado last week. He could possibly miss up to two weeks.
Prediction: Crew 2-1 Revolution
New England has only won one of their previous thirteen MLS games. However, they are always a very tough team to play due to their direct style. The end of the season is coming up, and everyone is fighting for position for the playoffs. The Crew are trying to hold off Philadelphia for first in the East, so they will grind out another ugly win at Hunt Park.
Columbus Crew – OUT: GK Alex Riggs; DF Josh Williams; MF Tony Tchani; DF Shaun Francis; DOUBTFUL: MF Rich Balchan; MF Eddie Gaven; FW Jeff Cunningham; QUESTIONABLE: MF Dejan Rusmir; PROBABLE: GK William Hesmer; FW Emilio Renteria; FW Aaron Horton
New England Revolution – OUT: DF Franco Coria; FW Kheli Dube; FW Rajko Lekic; MF Sainey Nyassi
In other Crew news, Emmanuel Ekpo’s first appearance for the senior Nigerian national team will have to wait. Nigeria’s friendly match with fellow African nation Ghana was scheduled to be played on Tuesday in Watford, England. However, the Super Eagles’ match was called off due to the riots currently going on in England.