Major League Soccer: New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC
Red Bull Arena – Saturday, May 5th 2018 – 13:55 ET (18:55 BST)
UK TV Coverage: Live on Sky Sports Football (via Red Button)
New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC: Preview
The Red Bulls come into the derby off the back of last weekend’s 3-2 win at LA Galaxy. That was their first away win of the season and they now return home looking to make up for last season’s series loss against their fierce rivals.
After winning the first four derby clashes, it looked as though the Red Bulls were set to dominate NYCFC. But since then, New York City FC have won three of the last five MLS battles, including two last season in which they went unbeaten against RBNY.
NYCFC come into Week 10 at the top of the Supporters’ Shield. They bounced back from their away loss at Portland to beat FC Dallas 3-1 last time out and restore confidence heading into the New York Derby.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 3, 2018
David Villa scored his 400th and 401st career goals in that win over Dallas. However he has yet to score a goal at Red Bull Arena in six previous attempts.
Their latest clash ended in the first ever draw between the two rivals, and Saturday’s game is expected to be a close-run contest again, with both these sides looking set to challenge high up the East this season.
New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC: Team News
NY Red Bulls
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: Connor Lade (ankle sprain).
🚑 Out: Kyle Duncan (ACL surgery).
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (hamstring), Ronald Matarrita (lower body).
🚑 Out: None.
New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC: Key Stats
New York Red Bulls’ MLS form: W/L/W/L/W
New York City FC’s MLS form: W/W/D/L/W
Key stat: Expect goals – There have been 32 goals in the nine previous MLS clashes between these two – an average of 3.5 per game.
New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC: Prediction
New York Red Bulls 2-2 New York City FC: This one is really tough to call. NYCFC got blown away on their last road trip to Portland but that doesn’t usually happen and they will be well up for the trip to Red Bull Arena. The hosts are looking for revenge after failing to win any of the three games last season. If this is an open contest, there should be goals but expect the two sides to cancel each other out. Score draw.