Seattle Sounders vs New York City:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Kick-off: 22:00 UK Time
Venue: CenturyLink Field (Washington).
Seattle Sounders FC and New York City FC are desperate for a win when they meet up at the CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
Saturday’s hosts Seattle Sounders are struggling at the moment and occupy 9th position in the MLS Western Conference standings. They lost 2-0 at New York Red Bulls in their previous match, marking their 4th loss in 5 games. They could still take some confidence looking at their recent home record as they had won 4 of their last 5, however the last home match was a 1-0 defeat to Colorado Rapids.
New York City FC are also not in the perfect shape at the moment as they managed just 1 win in their previous 5. They are currently thirds in the Eastern Conference standings with 21 points, 5 a drift of leaders Philadelphia Union and 1 point short of city rivals New York Red Bulls. Their hard fought 3-2 win against Philadelphia Union last week could do wonders to their confidence, especially when their start players David Villa, Andre Pirlo and Frank Lampard found the back to the net to give them their first win in 5 games.
Seattle Sounders: Team News
Sounders will be missing their star striker Clint Dempsey who is still away on international duty with the United States. While defender Roman Torres and attacking midfielder Michael Farfan are still sidelined with injury.
Seattle Sounders: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Frei – Remick, Marshall, Evans, Mears – Ivanschitz, Friberg, Alonso – Jones, Morris, Kovar.
New York City FC: Team News
NYCFC will be without Jason Hernandez through suspension, while Connor Brandt and Federico Bravo are sidelined through injuries.
Patrick Vieira no fresh injury concerns and is expected to field the strongest possible line-up.
New York City FC: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Saunders – Matarrita, White, Brillant, Allen – Pirlo, Lampard, Iraola – Harrison, McNamara, Villa.
Seattle Sounders vs New York City: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams had met only once before, on 3rd May 2015 Sounders winning 3-1 courtesy of a double by Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey, with David Villa getting the only goal for NYCFC.
Seattle Sounders vs New York City: Prediction
Seattle are in a real struggle at the moment and after losing in 4 of their last 5 matches. The momentum is with New York City FC and they must be considered slight favourites to edge this tie. Their away form is not that bad as they are unbeaten in their last three matches with 2 wins and 1 draw. If their star players come to party on Saturday, New York City FC fans will be looking at a big victory.
However, this must be considered as an unpredictable and tight affair with scores expected to tip to both ends at the full 90 minutes. The safe option for this match is to pick double chance in favour of New York City FC. The goal line is expected to stay under 3, but this also involves high risk.
Double Chance – New York/Draw.
Under 2.5 Goals.