Eastern Conference leaders DC United take on New York City FC at Audi Field where form has been shaky in recent weeks so they will be hoping to turn that around sooner rather than later. In DC’s last two at home, they were seriously outclassed by high-flying LAFC before going on to draw a blank with Montreal Impact in a game where they failed to register a single shot on target.
NYCFC come into this weekend’s Eastern Conference clash sat second bottom and without a win to their name after their opening six games of the season, becoming somewhat draw specialists after sharing the spoils in five of them.
NYCFC leak goals on the road
Over 2.5 goals is a selection that landed in NYCFC’s last six away trips, with five of those matches even seeing four or more goals. Domenec Torrent’s side can only be described as woeful defensively when they go on their travels, after conceding 15 goals in their last five away games.
Last time out, New York City drew 3-3 in Minnesota as the Loons celebrated the opening of their new stadium Allianz Field. The match was 3-2 after just 32 minutes and it saw what will have been the most embarrassing goalkeeping error of the weekend.
I am sure you will have seen the viral moment as goalkeeper Sean Johnson allowed a back-pass from his teammate trickle over his foot and into his own net. One to forget, and a goal which epitomises NYCFC’s ability to actually defend.
DC look good for a win
All things considered, I believe DC United are really good value for the win this weekend. Audi Field has become a fortress for the franchise since they moved there last summer. LAFC are the only side to have travelled to the US capital and picked up three points since August 2018.
NYCFC’s away record is extremely poor and they also haven’t won on their travels since August last year. That’s no away win in nine attempts and in six of those they were handed a defeat.
In terms of the head to head records, DC have won the last three meetings that they have hosted with both teams scoring in each.
Rooney to continue good form
Wayne Rooney has begun the 2019 campaign in the inspirational fashion that we saw last year. He scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 rout over Real Salt Lake as well as a beauty of a free-kick in Orlando at the end of last month.
Unfortunately, he recently let himself down during DC’s frustrating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Los Angeles FC. Rooney’s frustration got the better of him as he launched a horrendous challenge towards LA’s Diego Rossi and was handed a straight red card.
Rooney made his return to the starting line-up last weekend as DC United picked up three points out in Colorado. Having scored four goals in six so far this season, and even after letting the team down recently, I fancy the Englishman to be influential against NYCFC and get himself on the scoresheet once more.
DC United to win @ 1.95
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.61
Wayne Rooney to score anytime @ 2.0