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MLS handicapper Graham Ruthven breaks down Friday night's matchup between two of the top four squads in the Eastern Conference. Don't miss his Nashville-NYC FC prediction and picks.

Nashville SC vs NYC FC Prediction: Can NYC FC Be the First To Win in Nashville in 2021?

When: Friday, September 3, 7:30 pm ET

Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN

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Nashville SC vs. New York City FC Prediction

Nashville SC vs NYC FC Odds

Ronny Deila’s New York City FC look to have found form and momentum at the right time, with the Bronx outfit one of the in-form teams in the Eastern Conference right now. Indeed, there is a growing sense that NYC FC could be a force to be reckoned with by the time the Major League Soccer playoffs roll in.

Nashville SC isn’t in the worst form either, having won two of their last three games. Gary Smith’s side has the second-best home record in the East, with Nissan Stadium one of the most challenging venues for away teams in the league. Here are some tips and predictions ahead of the MLS fixture between Nashville and NYC FC on Friday, September 3.

As already referenced, Nashville SC has made Nissan Stadium something of a fortress this season, with Smith’s team unbeaten in their last 14 league matches played in front of their supporters. This prowess was demonstrated in the 5-2 win over DC United in mid-August when the hosts looked dangerous almost every time they attacked.

While NYC FC arrives in Nashville on the back of an imposing 2-0 win over Supporters’ Shield frontrunners, the New England Revolution, they are without a win in their last five away games in the league. Nonetheless, Deila has a lot of quality to call upon, making NYC FC dangerous opponents wherever they play.

Valentin Castellanos is in exceptional form right now. Indeed, the 22-year-old forward has scored six goals and registered three assists in his last seven MLS outings, including a brace in the previous win over New England. As a result, the Argentine is a good bet to find the back of the net again on Friday night in Nashville.

Nissan Stadium has yet to witness Nashville SC lose this season, but there is encouragement for NYC FC in the fact that Smith’s team has kept just one clean sheet in their last five home matches. If Deila and his players can find a way to get in behind the hosts’ defensive line, they will stand a chance of doing what no MLS team has managed in 2021 - a win away to Nashville SC.

Nashville SC vs. New York City FC Picks

0.5u - New York City FC Winner  (+160)

0.5u - New York City FC To Win From Behind ( +1260)

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Graham Ruthven is a soccer writer and tipster who has written for the New York Times, Guardian, Eurosport and others.


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