Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls
Venue: Yankee Stadium – Sunday, July 3 – 12:00 ET (17:00 BST)
Match Odds: NYCFC 2/1 – Draw 12/5 – NY Red Bulls 13/10
This will be the fifth meeting between the two local enemies. The Red Bulls have won each of the previous four games so far and New York City fans are desperate for a first-ever derby win against their neighbours.
NYCFC come into the game in good form, having won back-to-back games since the international break. They have moved ahead of the Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference and are up to second, just two points behind Philadelphia heading into the weekend.
Patrick Vieira’s side know that form is irrelevant in a big derby game though. They entered the most recent battle between the sides in great form, before shipping seven goals in a horrendous performance.
That match is still very much important ahead of this one. NYCFC need to respond from that setback with a positive performance and controlling their emotions will be the key to success on Sunday.
For the Red Bulls, it will very much be a case of trying to repeat what they did six weeks ago. They arrived at Yankee Stadium in fairly indifferent form but blew their rivals away from start to finish.
Jesse Marsch’s men have not won since the international break but their excellent record against NYCFC so far means they are favourites for this one.
The winner of this could move into top spot in the East, depending on the Union’s result, but there is so much more at stake than league position as the New York rivals go to battle for the fifth time on Sunday.
New York City have three injury worries heading into Sunday’s clash. Connor Brandt, Federico Bravo and Steven Mendoza are all sidelined and won’t feature. All three Designated Players will start again and will hope to keep their strong form together going.
The Red Bulls travel to their local rivals with four injuries to deal with as Tyler Adams, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Damien Perrinelle and Kemar Lawrence are all out.
NYCFC’s last five: L/D/L/W/W
NY Red Bulls’ last five: W/W/W/L/D
Key Stat: Feisty – There have been 19 yellow cards and one red in the four previous meeting between these two – an average of five bookings per game.
Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The Red Bulls frontman loves playing against NYCFC. He has scored in every meeting with them so far, netting six in four games, and will look to add to his tally on Sunday afternoon.
New York City FC 2-3 New York Red Bulls – It’s impossible to go against the Red Bulls based on their impressive record in this derby so far. NYCFC look in good shape heading into the game and they will be desperate to avoid defeat to their neighbours for the first time since joining MLS. However, the Red Bulls seem to have the edge over their enemy and another away win looks likely.