MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls

Major League Soccer: New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls

Yankee Stadium – Sunday, August 6 – 18:00 ET (23:00 BST)

Match Odds: NYCFC 1/1 – Draw 13/5 – NY Red Bulls 23/10

New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls: Preview

New York City FC host the New York Red Bulls on Sunday evening as the fierce rivals go head-to-head in a pivotal Eastern Conference clash. There are just two points between the pair coming into the weekend.

The New York Derby has quickly become one of Major League Soccer’s most action-packed games. That should be no different this weekend, with the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VARs) to the league this week sure to add to the drama.

New York City FC stunned the Red Bulls when they picked up a first ever win at Red Bull Arena just over a month ago. That 2-0 win suggested a power shift in New York. But results since mean this is perfectly poised.

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NYCFC fell 4-0 to league leaders Toronto FC last time out. That heavy defeat reaffirmed Toronto’s status as the team to beat. But it also once again highlighted that New York City FC are not yet the full package.

They know they must respond with a strong performance in a huge game here. They are a real force at Yankee Stadium and have only lost once at home this year.

For the New York Red Bulls, Sunday is all about revenge. That 2-0 home loss to NYCFC at the end of June was a real statement. The hosts didn’t deserve anything on the day but they have rallied well since.

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Jesse Marsch’s men have won four-straight games since that loss. Last weekend’s 4-0 win over Montreal was probably their best game of the campaign. So they couldn’t be coming into the Hudson River Derby in better form.

The Red Bulls are in great form. They know they can leapfrog their rivals into third with a win on Sunday. So this one could turn out to be a classic.

This will be the second of three regular season battles between the pair in 2017. NYCFC hold the advantage after their win back in June. But the two sides will clash again on August 25 at Red Bull Arena.

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New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls: Team News

Patrick Vieira will be without a few key men for Sunday’s derby. Khiry Shelton, Ronald Matarrita, Miguel Camargo, James Sands, Rodney Wallace and Maxime Chanot are all out.

Jesse Marsch will defintely be without Gideon Baah and Mike Grella. Aurelien Collin is listed as questionable with a hamstring problem. Connor Lade is expected to be passed fit in time for the game.

New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls: Key Points

NYCFC’s last five: W/L/D/W/L

NY Red Bulls’ last five: L/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Entertainment – This will be the eighth MLS clash between the New York rivals. In the seven previous clashes, there have been 25 goals. That’s an average of 3.6 per game.

Key Player: Daniel Royer – The Red Bulls’ Austrian star comes into Sunday’s game off the back of being named MLS Player of the Month for July. He scored six goals and picked up one assist in the four games last month. He looks sharp as ever and is in lethal form in and around goal. If NYCFC fail to deal with him, he could run riot.

New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls: Prediction

New York City FC 1-3 New York Red Bulls – The game is perfectly poised ahead of kickoff. It’s tough to split the two sides. But the Red Bulls are in the best form of their season. Their current run was sparked from the defeat to NYCFC at Red Bull Arena, so expect them to be on the hunt for revenge here. New York City’s 4-0 defeat to Toronto last weekend was their worst loss of the year. If they defend as they did a week ago, they won’t be able to cope with the Red Bulls’ attack.


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