New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls;
MLS Eastern Conference.
Date: Saturday, May 21 2016;
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT;
Venue: Yankee Stadium, NY.
New York FC will welcome New York Red Bulls at the Yankee Stadium on Saturday as they hope to extend their lead at the top of the MLS Eastern Conference Table.
New York City FC have been with some consistency of late, they are currently undefeated in their last 5 games with 3 wins and 2 draws and they have 17 points from 12 games. Nevertheless, their home form is not convincing as they have won just 1 game in their last 6. But they are a free scoring side, with 18 goals in 12 games this season, courtesy of David Villa who has scored 8 of those 18 goals.
On the other hand, New York Red Bulls have started to pick up pace in this season’s campaign after a turbulent start. They fought to win their last game after going two games without a win. Their away form is nothing to write about as they are without a win on the road this season. They lost 5 of their last 6 away games and drawn 1; also they have scored just 1 goal on the road. They are 5th on the table with 13 points, they have lost the most games (7) in the Eastern Conference and have conceded 20 goals this season.
New York City FC: Team news
Former Chelsea man Frank Lampard is a doubt and may not feature in the game likewise Jack Harrison, but Connor Brandt is out on Injury also Mikey Lopez is on suspension and wont be available for selection.
New York City FC: Predicted line-up (4-3-3)
Saunders – Mataritta, Hernandez, Brilliant, Allen – McNamara, Bravo, Diskerud – Mendoza, Villa, Shelton.
New York Red Bulls: Team news
The Red Bulls have two injury worries Damien Perrinelle and Ryan Meara.
New York Red Bulls: Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1)
Robbles – Zizzo, Ouimette, Zubar, Lawrence – Felipe, McCarty – Sam, Kijestan, Grella – Wright-Philips.
New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls: Head to Head
The Red Bulls have won their 3 meetings together irrespective of the playing ground, they seem to have the bragging right over their City counter part, they have scored at least 2 goals in each of their 3 meetings and have never conceded above a goal against the New York City FC.
New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls: Prediction
Considering the above statistics; the head to head stats seem to have given the victory to the Red Bulls, but the form comparison made The New York City FC clear favourites in this game as they are unbeaten in their last 5 games while the visitors are very poor away having lost 6 of their last 7 away games but nevertheless football is played and won in the pitch so these are my predictions for the game:
- Safe bet: Double Chance- Home win or draw.
- Best bet: Over 1.5 goals @FT.
- Goal scorer: Villa to score at any time.
- Risky bet: First half ends in draw.