Preview: New York Red Bulls face Toronto in crucial Eastern Conference clash

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The New York Red Bulls host Toronto FC in a huge Eastern Conference clash on Saturday night, with both sides still in the hunt for the playoffs.

Toronto’s 1-0 loss at home to Houston on Wednesday has left them with plenty of work to do, and a win in New York would put them just a point behind the Red Bulls in fourth place, with two games to play.

Jermain Defoe missed a penalty in Wednesday’s loss and he will need to be at his best as well as Michael Bradley if Toronto are to get a result at the Red Bull Arena.

New York have won their last six home games in MLS and have not lost at home since May, so they look set to seal all three points on Saturday night, which will all but secure their place in the playoffs.

Thierry Henry Red Bulls

Thierry Henry facing off against Jermain Defoe will attract plenty of interest from UK fans, and the former Arsenal striker is likely to have a major say in the outcome of the game once more.

Bradley Wright-Phillips is the leading goalscorer in MLS, and he will hope to add to his tally for the season against the Reds once again, and it was his last minute goal that earned New York a point against Toronto in their last meeting in June.

The Red Bulls will hope to get their first victory of the season against Toronto under their belt when they meet on Saturday, and whoever wins will be in a very strong position to make the playoffs.

Key player: Thierry Henry – The Frenchman is always at the heart of everything the Red Bulls do going forward, and if he can pull the strings once again on Saturday, New York should be too strong for Toronto FC.

Key stat: New York are unbeaten in 11 of their last 12 against Toronto in all competitions.

Prediction: New York Red Bulls 2-1 Toronto FC

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