Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union
Venue: Red Bull Arena – Sunday, May 24 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)
Match Odds: New York 7/10 – Draw 13/5 – Philadelphia 4/1
New York Red Bulls host Philadelphia Union in the live Sky Sports match this Sunday night. The Union will feel confident of producing a result, following an impressive 1-0 win over DC United last time out, but face a tough test away at New York this week.
The Red Bulls have impressed so far this season, however, draws are hindering their potential. Jesse Marsch’s men have drawn five times, going behind in four of them with the other draw being a goalless affair away to FC Dallas last weekend.Embed from Getty Images
The Red Bulls go into this one as overwhelming favourites, having only lost two of their last 19 home games in MLS, and another win could see them leapfrog New England Revolution into second place in the Eastern Conference should the Revs drop points at home to DC United.
New York Red Bulls’ record this season: P10 – W4 – D5 – L1
Philadelphia will feel buoyed after beating Eastern Conference leaders DC United last Sunday and will face another tough task at the Red Bulls as they look for just their third win of the campaign.Embed from Getty Images
The 1-0 win over DC was the first time the Union has kept a clean sheet since the opening day of the season, and was their first win in six.
Philadelphia Union’s record this season: P12 – W2 – D3 – L7
Boasting the worst defence in the league, the Union will have to be at their best to keep out last year’s MLS Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips if they are to pick up points come the end of play on Sunday evening.
New York Red Bulls will be without Sal Zizzo and Ronald Zubar, who both miss out through injury, while Matt Miazga is away on international duty with the USMNT Under 20s, so Damien Perrinelle and Karl Ouimette should start as the centre-back pairing once again.
Philadelphia Union are missing Andre Blake, Michael Lahoud and Steven Vitoria. Antoine Hoppenot and Raymon Gaddis are both doubts so may not feature. Maurice Edu could move into midfield following another stint in defence.
New York Red Bulls’ last five: D/D/L/W/D
Philadelphia Union’s last five: L/L/L/L/W
Key Stat: Philadelphia Union have never won away from home when playing the New York Red Bulls.
Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – Last year’s Golden Boot winner, BWP, is always a threat in front of goal and playing against the worst defence in the league could see him bag a few goals.Embed from Getty Images
New York Red Bulls 2-0 Philadelphia Union – The Red Bulls look too strong at the moment and should blow the Union away with ease.