Fire defender Jonathan Bornstein (right) has a step on NYCFC midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven Saturday night. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
Numbers certainly can be deceiving.
On one hand, it looks like the New England Revolution is on a hot streak because it is in the midst of a seven-game unbeaten streak.
On the other hand, the Revs have won but twice during that span.
So, the Revs could very well be ripe for picking by New York City FC when the two teams clash at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Wednesday at 8 p.m.
After a nightmare start to the season NYCFC (3-5-0, 9 points) sits in ninth place, the last playoff berth in the MLS Eastern Conference while the Revs (2-1-5, 11) are in sixth place. But that could change drastically with a City victory.
NYCFC won a second consecutive league match for the first time this season, defeating Chicago Fire FC, 3-1, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Saturday night. Team captain Alexander Ring scored for a second successive match, his second league goal this season.
The Revolution played to a 1-1 draw with the Red Bulls at Gillette Saturday evening. Gustavo Bou scored for a second consecutive match. He has three goals this season.
The teams met twice last season, each winning on their home ground. Jesús Medina tallied twice, the game-winner coming on a penalty kick six minutes into second-half stoppage time, leading NYCFC to a 2-1 win at Yankee Stadium Sept. 7. Teal Bunbury and Bou netted second-half goals to give the Revs a 2-0 home win Sept. 29.
NYCFC’s victory in the first meeting last year ended a three-game Revolution undefeated streak in the series. The Revs are undefeated over the past four meetings in Foxborough. NYCFC has won four of the seven meetings in the Bronx since 2015.