New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC Prediction and Pick
When: Wednesday, September 22, 8 pm ET
Where: Red Bull Arena
While New York City FC is already planning for the playoffs, the New York Red Bulls have a lot of work to do if they are to claw their way into the postseason. Indeed, with only 11 games left of the regular season, the Harrison club has nine points to make up on the top seven in the Eastern Conference. So if there is to be a late run, it has to start now.
NYC FC isn’t going to catch the New England Revolution at the top of the East, but Ronny Deila’s side can still build momentum ahead of the playoffs. Their recent form has been patchy, so a victory in the first of a Hudson River Derby double-header would help. Here are tips and predictions ahead of the Major League Soccer fixture between RBNY and NYC FC on Wednesday, September 22.
New York Red Bulls vs. NYC FC
RBNY come into this Hudson River Derby on the back of an emphatic 4-0 victory over Inter Miami during the week. This result and performance sparked hope at the club that a late regular-season surge might be in the offing, but this fixture will be a much more formidable challenge for Gerhard Struber and his players.
The omens are good for RBNY ahead of this Hudson River Derby clash, given that they have won eight of their last 10 MLS meetings with New York City FC. In addition, both teams have very few injury concerns at the moment, which could make this a blockbuster - long-term absentee Heber was back on the bench for NYC FC in their win over FC Cincinnati at the weekend.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in six of the last seven league games RBNY has played at Red Bull Arena, but on the flip side, there have been over 2.5 goals scored in New York City FC’s last four league games. So to claim something from this match, Struber will have to find a way to stop NYC FC’s potent frontline.
There’s no doubting NYC FC are much closer to being the finished product than their rivals, but these derby matches don’t always follow much logic. This is a fixture that has been good to the New York Red Bulls in the past, and after dismantling Inter Miami, they will fancy their chances of claiming the bragging rights.