Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC
Venue: Red Bull Arena – Saturday, May 28 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: NY Red Bulls 3/5 – Draw 3/1 – Toronto 9/2
The Red Bulls have recovered from a horrendous start and proved so with last weekend’s emphatic 7-0 derby win over New York City – the joint-biggest winning margin in MLS history.
Jesse Marsch will be delighted with the recovery his side have made and will now be urging his team to continue to build. They are third in the East coming into this one, just three points behind Philadelphia at the top.
The Red Bulls are rightly favourites for this, having only lost one of their last six matches. They’ve won three in a row at home and will be out for revenge over Toronto here.
The Reds are travelling to Red Bull Arena for the second time this season. The two sides met on the opening weekend of the campaign, with Toronto earning a 2-0 win following a resolute defensive display.
Greg Vanney’s men looked to be flying after taking 11 points from seven consecutive away games to start the year. However, they’ve only won one of their last four – a far from impressive return considering all those games were at home.
They come into the weekend level on points with New York and know there is time to recover from a mini slump with 22 games still to play.
This will be the second of three meeting between the two sides this season. Toronto’s win at Red Bull Arena on the opening day was their first there since 2008 but they would love nothing more than to make it back-to-back victories in New York here.
The Red Bulls will not be able to call on the services of Damien Perrinelle yet again, while Ryan Meara remains a doubt. Jesse Marsch will be relieved to have a much shorter injury list and the challenge will now be to keep the best XI on the field for as long as possible.
Toronto are without two key players as Benoit Cheyrou and Jozy Altidore are sidelined. Marky Delgado is struggling with a hamstring problem and is a doubt.
New York Red Bulls’ last five: W/D/L/W/W
Toronto’s last five: L/W/L/D/D
Key Stat: Three times lucky? Toronto are looking to record three-straight wins over the Red Bulls for the
Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The English forward struggled to begin with this season but has now scored five in his last six and enjoys playing against Toronto. He has scored in three of his last five games against the Canadian side.
New York Red Bulls 3-1 Toronto – Toronto might have already won at Red Bull Arena this season but New York are in much better shape this time around and will surely build on last weekend’s 7-0 win by picking up three more points here. The home fans will be starting to believe they can achieve big things this season and a win here would be another boost to those aspirations.