New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC Prediction and Picks

New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC prediction and picks from MLS expert Graham Ruthven for this Sunday's, Hudson River Derby match.
Graham Ruthven
Fri, October 15, 6:48 AM EDT

New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC Prediction and Picks

When: Sunday, October 17, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ

New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC Odds

Just three points divide the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC ahead of this weekend's Hudson River Derby at Red Bull Arena. However, both rivals have work to do to make sure of their place in the playoffs, with NYFC currently sitting in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and RBNY in ninth.

This is one of Major League Soccer's most compelling fixtures, with the rivalry between the two teams growing fiercer with every meeting. Sunday's match promises to be another must-watch event. Here are some tips and information ahead of the MLS fixture between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC on Sunday, October 17.

New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC Prediction

Not so long ago, it appeared NYC FC were building momentum on their way to becoming a real contender for the 2021 MLS Cup. However, since then, a lot has changed for Ronny Deila's team, with NYC FC taking just six points from their last six league matches. This is a slide that has dropped them to sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

New York City FC's lack of firepower in front of goal in recent matches has been most concerning. Indeed, they have failed to find the back of the net in each of their last three MLS outings. There have also been under 2.5 total goals in NYC FC's last four league matches. They are struggling badly in the final third.

On the flip side, the New York Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last six MLS matches. In terms of recent form, only the New England Revolution boasts a better record in the East over the previous six rounds of fixtures than Gerhard Struber's team. RBNY have taken 14 points from their last six games, winning four and drawing two.

However, there have also been under 2.5 total goals in the last seven matches RBNY has played in front of their supporters. This weekend's fixture might provide a lot in terms of drama and the stakes regarding the playoffs, but don't expect a lot of goals between these two frequently toothless sides.

New York Red Bulls vs. New York City FC Picks

  • 0.5u - Under 1.5 Total Goals (+240)
  • 0.5u - New York Red Bulls Clean Sheet (+340)

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