The New York Red Bulls are preparing to host Vancouver Whitecaps midweek and they will be brimming with confidence after beating Eastern Conference rivals Atlanta United over the weekend, despite having ten men following Tim Parker’s sending off.
The Red Bulls held out for a 1-0 victory and it was Tom Barlow, a 2018 second round SuperDraft pick, who scored his first ever MLS goal to help them get over the line. It was a fourth win in five for the Red Bulls which is a good response to their poor start to the season and they now find themselves in the playoff places after this stretch of good form.
Vancouver Whitecaps are in respectable form having lost just once in their last five. They were desperate to pick things up after failing to win any of their first six games of the season and they ended up losing four out of their first five. It was a 1-1 draw away from home against Sporting Kansas City last time out for the Whitecaps, a result they will have been satisfied with after snatching an equaliser in the 94th minute through Derek Cornelius.
Vancouver were beaten 3-0 on their last visit to Red Bull Arena so they will be hoping for better fortunes this time around.
Both teams head into this game with several players having to sit out through injury problems. Florian Valot is still missing for the Red Bulls as he recovers from a long-term ACL injury, and they will also be without star man Bradley Wright Phillips, Vincent Bezecourt and Aaron Long who are all injury doubts ahead of the midweek fixture.
The Red Bulls will also be without Tim Parker as the defender has to serve a suspension having picked up a red card in their last match at home against Atlanta United.
Jasser Khemiri and Matthew Baldisimo will play no part for the Whitecaps and they have also seen several players pick up injuries in recent weeks as Yordy Reyna has been ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury, Jon Erice has sprained his ankle and is expected to miss this match, and Lass Bangoura is out with a left hamstring strain.
A win for New York Red Bulls is priced at 1.50 and there are several factors that prove it to be a worthwhile selection amongst your midweek bets. Chris Armas’ side have picked up form despite missing several key players, the Whitecaps have only won once in their last ten matches on the road and their players also have to travel a staggering distance during the week as they come through Canada and cross the United States in their journey East to New Jersey, a total of just over 3,000 miles.
There has been under 2.5 goals (2.15) scored in nine out of Vancouver’s last ten Major League Soccer outings. The Red Bulls don’t have many goals in them either as they’re currently missing Bradley Wright-Phillips who provides a large chunk of their success as he has done since his arrival in the United States. They have only scored twice or more in two of their seven home games so far in 2019.
Four out of Vancouver’s last five visits to Red Bull Arena have seen a red card brandished, so that may be a bet worth considering if you can find a price. There was also a red card shown in their last meeting when they played in Vancouver last August as Michael Amir Murillo was given his marching orders.
New York Red Bulls to Win @ 1.50
Under 2.5 goals @ 2.15