New York Red Bulls vs Portland Timbers:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Kick-off: 23:00 UK Time
Venue: Red Bull Arena (New Jersey).
New York Red Bulls rely on strong home form when they host an unpredictable Portland Timbers for the MLS clash on Saturday evening.
The Red Bulls failed to win in each of their last three league games, with a draw and 2 losses. However each of these games were away from home and back at the Red Bull Arena they are on an emphatic run. They are on the back of five consecutive wins at home and kept a clean sheets in the last four. New York Red Bulls are also on an excellent scoring form at home and netted 13 times goals in the last 5.
Portland Timbers’ recent form is nothing but excellent and are unbeaten in the last 6 with 3 wins and 3 draws. They are sitting 7th in the Western Conference table with 24 points and a win here could lift them up to fourth. Just like the Red Bulls, Portland’s success is mostly based on their home form. And they are a team that struggles in away games and are yet to win a match on the road this season. However, they had managed to hold their oppositions to draws in the last three away games.
New York Red Bulls: Team News
Damien Perrinelle is injured, while full back Kemar Lawrence is nearing full fitness.
Aurelien Collin misses out on ban for the accumulation of yellow cards and Chris Duvall is suspended after picking up a red card in the 2-0 loss at 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 – Wright-Phillips.
Portland Timbers: Team News
Portland goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey is sidelined with injury, while Liam Ridgewell and Diego Valeri are minor doubts.
Portland Timbers: Predicted Line up (4-2-3-1)
Gleeson – Valentin, Taylor, Borchers, Powell – Zemanski, Chara – Mattocks, Nagbe, Melano – Adi.
New York Red Bulls vs Portland Timbers: Head-to-Head Stats
- New York Red Bulls lead the head-to-head record with 3 wins, 2 draws and a loss from 6 meetings against Portland Timbers.
- The sole away victory of Portland Timbers against the New York Red Bull was in their last visit, during the 2014 MLS season.
- The only meeting in last season’s MLS between these two sides ended in a 2-0 win for Red Bulls at Portland.
New York Red Bulls vs Portland Timbers: Predictions
Portland Timbers have the form and the momentum, but they haven’t done well in away games so far this season. They are coming without a win in 9 away games and are expected to struggle here.
New York Red Bulls are extremely strong at home and are on coming on the back of 5 consecutive wins and 4 consecutive clean sheets. They are desperate to end the bad run after failing to win in any of the last three league games. And with no major injury concerns I expect them to be on top of their game and come out with a win here.
- New York Red Bulls to win
- Over 0.5 goals at half time.
- radley Wright-Phillips to score any-time.