New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 3, 2016
Kick-off: 17:00 UK Time
Venue: Yankee Stadium (New York).
New York City FC look for their first ever win against the Red Bulls when the sides meet for the MLS fixture at the Yankee Stadium on Sunday night.
New York City FC and New York Red Bulls are second and third in the Eastern Conference Table respectively separated by a single point. And this is a clash that either teams want to win as the two teams below them – Montreal Impact and Orlando City are at three point’s gap, with two games in hand.
New York City were knocked out of the US Open Cup by a lowly New York Cosmos. Since then they secured back-to-back wins in the league, ending their five match win-less streak in all competitions. Their last home win was a 3-2 victory against Philadelphia Union, who are rather poor on the road. Their overall form at the Yankees stadium is nothing to write about as they managed just 2 wins from 10 home games in MLS so far this season.
New York Red Bulls had already fell to 8 defeats from their 17 matches this season. This is rather marked by poor performances on the road and are arguably one of the worst away sides in whole of MLS this season. Interestingly, their only one away victory in MLS this season was against their Sunday’s opponent New York City FC, which ended in a sensational 7-0 scoreline. Just like their neighbours, they are also knocked out from the US Open Cup after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Philadelphia Union in the round of 16 clash.
New York City FC: Team News
Connor Brandt and Federico Bravo are carrying knocks and could be sidelined for the weekend clash against New York Red Bulls.
Patrick Vieira has no other injury worries and is likely to name an unchanged eleven from the side that beat Seattle Sounders 2-0 in the last round.
New York City FC: Predicted Line-up (4-1-4-1)
Saunders – Allen, Hernandez, Brillant, Iraola – Pirlo, Lampard, Diskerud – McNamara, Villa, Shelton.
New York Red Bulls: Team News
Damien Perrinelle is injured, while Kemar Lawrence and Shaun Wright-Phillips are major doubts and are expected to miss the clash against New York City FC.
New York Red Bulls: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Robles – Lade, Zubar, Ouimette, Zizzo – McCarthy, Felipe – Grella, Kljestan, Sam – Bradley Wright-Phillips.
New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls: Head-to-Head Stats
New York Red Bulls boast of a 100% win record against New York City after winning in each of the 4 clashes between them, with a massive goal aggregate of 14-2.
The Red Bulls inflicted the most humiliating defeat on New York City when the sides met for their MLS fixture on May 2015. The match which ended 7-0 in favour of New York Red Bulls is also one of the largest margin of victory in MLS. This is also the highest number of goals every scored in a single match by the Red Bulls.
Bradley Wright-Phillips has scored in every meeting against New York City, taking his tally to 6 goals from 4 matches.
New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls: Prediction
New York City will be out there to end their four match losing streak against New York Red Bulls. They are coming on the back of consecutive wins, but the ghosts of the shock 7-0 home defeat against Red Bulls on May 2016 might still haunt. Also when considering the fact that this was the only away win for Red Bulls in this season so far.
Despite a poor away form this season, Red Bulls have a physiological advantage on New York City FC after defeating in each of the 4 matches. Also New York City are not at the top of their form and this may well end in another clean victory for the Red Bulls.
- New York Red Bulls to Win
- New York Red Bulls – Over 1.5 goals (FT)
- Both Teams to Score.
- Over 2.5 goals (FT)
- Bradley Wright-Phillips to Score any-time