Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Venue: Yankee Stadium – Saturday, April 1 – 14:00 ET (19:00 BST)
Match Odds: New York City FC 3/4 – Draw 13/5 – San Jose Earthquakes 100/30
New York City FC welcome San Jose Earthquakes to Yankee Stadium on Saturday night in what is a very interesting early-season encounter, with the visitors looking for their third win of the season in the Big Apple.
A feature for both sides in 2017 has been to have had the majority of possession, an area both will want to continue to dominate. But something has to give and that should lead to an interesting tactical battle on the narrow pitch at Yankee Stadium.
Saturday will be NYCFC’s third home game on the bounce and having already racked up four points from the previous two, Patrick Vieira and his men will want to end the string of home matches with a win and put seven points on the board.
San Jose on the other hand will be playing their second away game and having lost their previous four road matches in MLS, the odds are not in their favour. It seems, at the minute at least, the Earthquakes are reliant on their home form if they’re to make the playoffs come October.
If it wasn’t for David Bingham’s shocking error in the dying minutes at SKC two weeks ago, the Quakes might well have rescued a point from Florian Jungwirth’s stoppage time goal. They know they are good enough defensively to compete with the NYCFC attack, but the test will be how quickly they can break on the hosts on Saturday.
This will be just the third ever MLS meeting between these two sides. NYCFC beat San Jose 3-2 in the first ever matchup in 2015 before the sides played out a 0-0 draw at Avaya Stadium last August.
New York City FC are only missing one player through injury as Mikey Lopez is out long term after ankle surgery.
San Jose are missing three players, with Quincy Amarikwa out after knee surgery, while Marvell Wynne is out indefinitely with a heart abnormality and Marc Pelosi has a knee injury.
New York City FC’s form: L/W/D
San Jose Earthquakes’ form: W/W/L
Key Stat: San Jose have lost their last four away matches in MLS.
Key Player: David Villa – It seems easy to highlight NYCFC’s star player but in a home match that they are expected to win, he is expected to deliver. The Spaniard has the ability to take this game away from San Jose pretty quickly.
New York City FC 3-1 San Jose Earthquakes – Having started with a loss on the opening day, NYCFC are already playing catch up and despite San Jose’s good start to 2017, we expect a home win at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.