New York Red Bulls vs Toronto FC
Major League Soccer
Date: Saturday, 20th May 2017
Kick-off at 0:30 UK / 1:30 CET
Venue: Red Bull Arena (Harrison).
The New York Red Bulls are going through a bad patch at the moment and this is exaggerated by their latest home defeat to a depleted LA Galaxy. The Red Bulls were unbeaten at home till then with 4 wins and a draw from 5 matches, keeping clean sheets in four. It was two quick goals from Alessandrini inside the first 10 minutes of the match that helped Galaxy undone the home side by a 3-1 margin. The Red Bulls never looked in control since then.
Overall, Red Bulls’ form has been bad. They have now lost three on the bounce after losing to Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas in consecutive away trips. The latest home defeat makes it three losses in a row.
On the other hand, Toronto will be a team with full of confidence. They are on a dream run after grabbing their sixth consecutive league win last weekend. They beat the new franchise Minnesota by a 3-2 margin, the score-line just suggest it wasn’t an easy outing.
Toronto are also the best away side in the league and picked 11 points from their 6 matches so far. They lost just once, while earning 3 wins and 2 draws.
New York Red Bulls vs Toronto FC: Head-to-head
Last season, the three meetings between the two sides is shared equally with 1 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Toronto won in the first fixture away at New York 2-0, while losing the second trip 3-0. The last of the series played at Toronto ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw.
However, New York Red Bulls have a strong home record against Toronto. The defeat last season is the only the second in 13 games, while they raked up 10 wins during the period, with 1 match seeing draw.
Also, 7 of the last 8 home matches of Red Bulls versus Toronto have seen over 2.5 goals.
New York Red Bulls vs Toronto FC: Prediction
On form, Toronto are the better side. But the Red Bulls are not a side that go on a losing streak for longer patches. We expect some tactical tweaks from the home sides and with Toronto in good form, this match is likely to end in a stalemate.