Competition: Major League Soccer – San Jose Earthquakes vs. New York City FC
Venue: Avaya Stadium – Friday, August 5 – 23:00 ET (04:00 BST)
Match Odds: San Jose 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – NYCFC 12/5
The Quakes come into this one off the back of consecutive draws, the latter of the two ending 1-1 away at Houston.
Dominic Kinnear’s side are sitting 8th in the Western Conference, three points outside of the playoff places, but they do have two games in hand on the three sides directly above them.
San Jose have won just one of their last ten games. They are going to have to improve on that run of form if they are to push their way back up the table but will be aware of how much of a test this tie could be.
New York City FC bounced back in the best way possible from their 4-1 derby defeat, with a 5-1 win over Colorado last time out.
Patrick Vieira’s side have been in inconsistent form over the last five games, winning three and losing two, so although they remain top of the East, there is still room for improvement.
City will see this as a tie they can win given San Jose’s recent run of form, but they will know that the home side have proved difficult to beat at Avaya Stadium, losing just one of their last 15 in front of their own fans.
NYCFC faced San Jose once in their inaugural season. They won that tie 3-2 at Yankee Stadium and they’ll be hoping to take a 2-0 lead in the overall series against Friday’s opponents here.
San Jose Earthquakes have five players on their injury list as Marc Pelosi, Mark Sherrod, Clarence Goodson, Bryan Meredith and Kofi Sarkodie are all expected to miss out.
New York City FC have just two injury concerns as Connor Brandt and Shannon Gomez are out. David Villa returns after his suspension for yellow card accumulation last weekend.
San Jose Earthquakes’ last five: L/L/W/D/D
New York City FC’s last five: W/L/W/L/W
Key Stat: San Jose Earthquakes are unbeaten in 14 of their last 15 games at Avaya Stadium.
Key Player: Frank Lampard – The record-breaking midfield goal-machine comes into this one off the back of his and NYCFC’s first MLS hat-trick. He will be full of confidence and you wouldn’t put it past him to continue his scoring run. Lampard has eight goals in his last eight games.
San Jose Earthquakes 1-2 New York City FC – San Jose to lose just their second home outing in 16 games. New York City have been inconsistent but they’re in a better run of form than the hosts. Given the fact they’ve scored 11 goals in their last five games, you have to fancy them to just edge this one, even if it is away from home.