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Playoff Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Sporting Kansas City

Thursday night will be the last game of the season for one of these MLS heavyweights. Either New York Red Bulls or Sporting Kansas City will be eliminated from the playoffs as they go head-to-head at Red Bull Arena in the Eastern Conference knockout round.

This is one that shouldn’t be missed and it could well turn out to be the tale of two strikers; Bradley Wright-Phillips and Dom Dwyer. Two English strikers who are extremely clinical, and are the top two goalscorers in the league.

New York Red Bulls home form: Played 17 – Won 10 – Drawn 4 – Lost 3

Whoever outscores the other will likely win the game for their team; as Wright-Phillips did on Sunday night in the final regular season game at Sporting Park.

Sporting Kansas City will be looking for their first win against the Red Bulls in MLS since April 2013. They looked poor defensively in the 2-0 defeat to New York on Sunday, and the fifth-seeded team has it all to do.

Sporting Kansas City away form: Played 17 – Won 6 – Drawn 6 – Lost 5

However, with World Cup stars such as Graham Zusi and Matt Besler in your team you are always in with a shout. Without mentioning they are last year’s MLS Cup winners, so they know how to progress in the playoffs.

Both teams have players that boast strong reputations, but only one side can advance and this is set up to thrill. Enjoy!

Key Player: Thierry Henry – Potentially his last game of professional football. He has always loved the big occasions and is a legend of the game and a huge asset to this Red Bulls team.

Key Stat: Kansas City has only won two of their last ten in MLS. Not great form to bring into the playoffs.

New York’s last five: L/W/W/L/W

Kansas City’s last five: L/D/W/L/L

Prediction: New York Red Bulls 2 – 1 Sporting Kansas City

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About Jamie Ives (316 Articles)
MLS expert and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own

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