New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016
Kick-off: 18:00 UK Time
Venue: Red Bull Arena (New Jersey).
The New York derby returns to MLS as the Red Bulls host City FC at the Red Bull Arena on Sunday night.
This will be the third and the last of the series of league matches between these two New York sides in the current MLS season. Both of the first two matches were played at City’s home and the Red Bulls won the first of the series by a massive 7-0 margin on June. While City bounced back to have their revenge and first ever win over the Red Bulls in the 2-0 victory on 3rd July 2016.
New York City FC are currently leading the Easten Conference with 33 points from 21 matches, while the Red Bulls are five points behind them at third in the league with 28 points from as many games.
The New York Red Bulls were held to a 2-2 draw at Philadelphia Union in their last round fixture. Red Bulls dominated the first half of the match and a double from the brilliant Sacha Kljestan sent them 2-0 ahead just before the first half. But two quick goals midway through the second half put the scores at level. Philadelphia were soon reduced to 10 men after Ilshino was sent-off. The Red Bulls never looked the same again despite having the numerical advantage and were lucky to come out with a point.
New York City FC on the other hand grabbed a deserved 3-1 win away at Montreal. Goals from David Villa and Jack Harrison put them 2-0 going into the half-time break. A Harry Shipp goal in the 55th minute reduced the deficit to 1 goal, but City held on until Frank Lampard found the net in the 85th minute to secure all three points on the night.
The City FC are one of the highest scoring teams in the league this season with 34 goals, but they are also the worst defense after conceding 35 goals during the period. Red Bull’s goal ratio this season is 32-27 from 21 matches.
The Red Bulls are on a three match run in the league with 2 draws and a win. But they had won only once in their last 6 matches, drawing 3 and losing 2.
New York City FC had won in 6 of their last 7 matches and lost once during the period. They had also kept 4 clean sheets during the period.
New York Red Bulls are a strong side at home and are unbeaten in the last seven, with 6 wins and a draw. Their overall home form this season is 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses from 10 matches so far. They haven’t conceded a goal in the last 6 MLS matches at the Red Bull Arena.
New York City FC’s oveall away form this season is 6 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses and took a total of 19 points. They are the best away team in the whole of MLS so far this season. They had won in 3 of the last 4 matches on the road and lost only once in the last 7 trips.
New York Red Bulls: Team News
Kemar Lawrence is the only player out with an injury for the Red Bulls, while Gideon Baah is a minor doubt.
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: Team News
Connor Brandt is a long term injury absentee for the City FC and could be ruled out for Sunday’s match.
While Ethan White, Andoni Iraola and Federico Bravo and major doubts with fitness issues and will be assessed close towards the kick-off.
New York City FC: Predicted Line up (4-3-3)
Saunders – Allen, Mena, Brillant, Hernandez – Diskerud, Pirlo, Lampard – McNamara, Villa, Harrison.
New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC: Head-to-Head Stats
New York City FC earned their first win over Red Bulls in 5 matches with the 2-0 win at home on 22nd July. Red Bulls, who were victorious in each of the 4 previous meetings and hold a massive goal aggregate of 14-4.
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 4 of the 5 meetings against City FC, taking his tally to 6 goals from 5 matches.
New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC: Predictions
New York Red Bulls are a strong side at home and at the same time City FC are the best side on the road. This makes it an extremely difficult tie to call on. Moreover this is a derby and the scores at full time can tip towards either end.
Red Bulls haven’t lost in the 2 meetings at home against City so far and I believe they are likely to get something out of this match. To be on the safer side, I recommend to tip ‘New York Red Bulls – Draw no Bet’ for this match.
I also believe we will be able to see over 2.5 goals with both teams scoring at least one goal. I will also go with my full time score prediction of 2-1 in favour of the home side.
New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC: Tips
- Red Bulls Draw no Bet
- Over 2.5 goals.
- Both Teams To Score.