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MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls

NYCFC vs New York Red Bulls Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls 

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Sunday, June 28 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports 1)

Match Odds: New York City FC 15/8 – Draw 12/5 – New York Red Bulls 17/11

Match Preview

Sunday night sees the second New York Derby of the season as New York City FC welcome the New York Red Bulls to Yankee Stadium for the first time ever in MLS.

New York City will be seeking revenge after losing the first encounter 2-1 at Red Bull Arena back in May and have only lost once in six since that game.

Recent form suggests that NYCFC will be favourites to win the clash as they have won their last three in MLS and are now just three points behind their fierce rivals in the hunt for playoff football in the Eastern Conference.

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Frank Lampard is set to arrive in the next week or so, while Andrea Pirlo looks very close to signing and could even be officially announced as an NYCFC player during the game on Sunday. Jason Kreis knows his side can only get stronger.

New York City FC’s 2015 MLS record: P16 – W4 – D5 – L7

The Red Bulls’ ended their terrible four-game losing streak in midweek as they defeated Real Salt Lake 1-0 to win their first in six games.

However, the form of Bradley Wright-Phillips is still a concern as he is without a goal in six now and missed two penalties last weekend in the home defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

New York Red Bulls’ 2015 MLS record: P15 – W5 – D5 – L5 

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Both sides could do with a win as they both enter a crucial period of the season where the playoffs near closer with every game.

This should be all the more intense given the local rivalry and NYCFC fans will be desperate to ensure their side win the first ever home clash against the Red Bulls.

Team News

New York City FC will be without Tony Taylor and George John through injury. Khiry Shelton, Connor Brandt, Ryan Meara, Josh Williams and Javier Calle are all doubts. David Villa could play alongside Patrick Mullins, if Jason Kreis prefers the 4-4-2 system.

New York Red Bulls are without key player Lloyd Sam as he is out with a groin injury. Anatole Bertrand Abang could play as the lone striker again after impressing against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night, as Wright-Phillips played in a more supportive role.

Key Points

New York City FC’s last five: L/D/W/W/W

New York Red Bulls’ last five: L/L/L/L/W

Key Stat: New York City have won their last three matches in Major League Soccer.

Key Player: David Villa – Star striker Villa is in fine form and leads a confident NYCFC side. He could be lethal once again on Sunday night.

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Score Prediction

New York City FC 2-1 New York Red Bulls – New York City look extremely strong at the moment and with New York Red Bulls having only won once in six, you can expect NYCFC to edge it by the odd goal in what should be an excellent game.

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MLS expert and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own

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