Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC
Venue: Red Bull Arena – Sunday, August 9 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: New York Red Bulls 4/6 – Draw 14/5 – New York City FC 4/1
The third and final New York derby of the season takes place on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena. New York City FC visit the New York Red Bulls in hope of ending the Red Bulls’ early dominance in this rivalry.
With two wins from two in the derby, the Red Bulls are comfortably in possession of the bragging rights after a 2-1 home win was followed up by a 3-1 comeback at Yankee Stadium in June.
And being eight points behind DC United in the Eastern Conference, they will want to take a third win as they hunt down the Eastern Conference title with just two months to go in the regular season.
New York Red Bulls’ record in MLS: P21 – W9 – D6 – L6Embed from Getty Images
New York City FC are searching for the three points for another reason, as they chase a playoff berth in their inaugural season.
This is a huge match for the newly formed franchise as losing all three derbies this season would be devastating, but with stars such as Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard in the team now, NYCFC have assets that can win games. And lest we forget arguably the most lethal out-and-out striker in MLS right now, David Villa.
New York City FC’s record in MLS: P22 – W6 – D6 – L10Embed from Getty Images
It is sure to be another fiery encounter and it could well be the best game in MLS this weekend between two rivals desperate for the win.
New York Red Bulls will be without Chris Duvall and Ronald Zubar through injury. Damien Perrinelle is suspended.
New York City FC are missing George John, Tony Taylor and Connor Brandt through injury. Chris Wingert, Khiry Shelton and Ryan Meara are all doubts. Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa should all start together.
New York Red Bulls’ last five: L/W/W/W/D
New York City FC’s last five: W/D/L/W/L
Key Stat: David Villa has a sensational ten goals in his last eight MLS appearances.
Key Player: David Villa – World Cup winner Villa has hit form at the right time and he can’t stop scoring at the moment. Expect him to be a real threat on Sunday night.Embed from Getty Images
New York Red Bulls 1-2 New York City FC – NYCFC could edge this one against their local rivals, especially when considering the form of David Villa in front of goal. If NYCFC do win it, it will be close but this should be a great one.