The next instalment of the Hudson River Derby arrives late on Sunday night as the New York Red Bulls get set to host their rivals NYCFC as Red Bull Arena. The two teams sit side by side in the Eastern Conference and amongst the playoff places as the Red Bulls are positioned in 6th and New York City are just above them in 5th.
The Red Bulls return home after playing out a classic in Atlanta last weekend, the game finished 3-3 with the Red Bulls earning a share of the spoils in the 93rd minute. Josef Martinez had given Atlanta the lead in the 91st minute before they were pegged back by Bradley Wright-Phillips. NYCFC were beaten 1-0 by the Portland Timbers last time out which put an end to their excellent run of form. They had gone 12 games unbeaten before being edged out by the Timbers at Yankee Stadium.
The two rivals met on four occasions across 2018 with there being a mix of results. The Red Bulls secured two 4-0 victories (Both being at home), NYCFC managed a 1-0 win at Yankee Stadium where there was also a 1-1 draw in the most recent meeting.
There could be two players absent through injury for the Red Bulls, the first being Florian Valot who is certainly out as he looks to recover from his ACL injury, and they could also be without Tim Parker who has an ankle problem.
NYCFC will be without James Sands, Heber and Tony Rocha. They could also miss Alexandru Mitrita and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi who are both listed as injury doubts.
Both teams to score is priced at 1.50 ahead of this fixture but it looks like a really good selection and one you should probably include in your Sunday accumulator. The New York Red Bulls have only failed to score in one of their last 23 games at Red Bull Arena, which is an impressive run. NYCFC have scored in 12 of their last 13 away from Yankee Stadium, and they have scored at least twice in five of their last six on the road, so it’s the obvious assumption to believe that both sides will score on Sunday night.
NYCFC are one of those Major League Soccer sides who have always been strong at home but ultimately it is the poor away form that lets them down. Things have been different in 2019, however, as New York City are currently on a run of six away games unbeaten and they have only lost once on the road this season. You can back Domenec Torrent’s side to pick up at least another point on their travels @ 1.66.
Bradley Wright-Phillips is the main man up front for the New York Red Bulls, but the prolific Englishman has been far from that so far in 2019. Brian White has stepped up and impressed after transitioning from NYRB II and integrating into the first team straight away. The 23-year-old has scored six goals in 11 appearances so far, and he could get the nod over BWP on Sunday, although Wright-Phillips scoring the late equaliser in their last game has given Chris Armas a conundrum.