Real Salt Lake vs New York City FC: Preview and Predictions

Real Salt Lake vs New York City FC
Major League Soccer
Date: Thursday, 18th May 2017
Kick-off at 02:00 UK / 03:00 CET
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy (Utah).

The problems remain persistent for Real Salt Lake after falling to their fourth consecutive defeat on the weekend. They were thrashed 4-0 by a struggling New England, which also handed them the third defeat on the bounce without scoring. The four defeats also saw the team conceding 13 goals in total, minimum of 3 per game.

The majority of these problems owe to the looming injury and fitness concerns in the squad. The head-coach Mike Petke is once again expected to be without eight first team players due to various reasons. Salt Lake are 10th in the Western Conference and at the rock bottom in the combined table.

New York City FC, as expected continues their revival. They held a strong FC Dallas to a 1-1 draw in the last round fixture to extend the unbeaten run to three matches. They defeated Columbus Crew and Atlanta United scoring 3 goals each prior to the trip to Dallas.

Patrick Viera’s men are fourth in the Eastern Conference table. They can also boast of a three match unbeaten run away from home. They picked up 2 wins and a draw in the last three before losing in each of the first two road matches of the season.

Real Salt Lake vs New York City: Head-to-head

Real Salt Lake won the two meetings against New York City FC so far. Last season, it was a 3-2 win in the away fixture at New York. And in 2015, they bagged the home win on a comfortable 2-0 score-line.

Real Salt Lake vs New York City: Prediction

These are tough times for Real Salt Lake and their progress is dent by some serious injuries to key players in the roster. It will be hard to cope with a side like New York City F.C with a depleted squad. Viera is well aware of the home sides’ problems and he will be setting out with a plan to return with full 3-points.

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