The fourth New York Derby of the 2018 season is coming our way on Wednesday, when New York City FC will play host to the New York Red Bulls. The previous three matches all ended as clean sheet wins for the home team. New York City FC are coming off a bad loss on the road against Philadelphia. While the Red Bulls split the points in a draw against Vancouver on the road.
Date/Time: 8-22-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: New York City FC +0.0
Total: 3 Goals
New York City FC (14-6-5) will be feeling frustrated about the outcome of their away match against Philadelphia on Saturday. It was a really balanced first half, but neither team managed to score a single goal. Philadelphia were much better in the second half, where they scored twice and forced New York City FC to a bad loss. New York City FC have now won just one of their last four (1-2-1). They are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the Eastern Conference with 47 points, one behind their city rivals. They have the best home record in the Conference (10-0-2), and have conceded just six goals so far.
On the other hand, the New York Red Bulls (15-6-3) will be feeling lucky about the outcome of their last match. They took an early lead on the road against Vancouver, but their opponents equalized before the first half was over. Vancouver overturned the lead at the 60th minute, but the Red Bulls scored a late goal to grab a solid point. They have been in really good form lately, having lost just once in their last seven (5-1-1). The Red Bulls are currently sitting at the 2nd spot of the Eastern Conference with 48 points, three behind Atlanta United. They have been quite competitive on the road so far (6-4-2), where they have lost just one of their last five (3-1-1).
The two teams have exchanged home wins earlier in the season, with the Red Bulls winning by 0-4 at home before falling by 0-1 in this venue. However, the Red Bulls recorded another 0-4 home win, this time in the US Open Cup. They have been quite solid in this venue (2-3-0), scoring a whopping 10 goals in their two wins here.
The two New York franchises have been locked in a fight for the 2nd spot for quite a while now. New York City FC are one of the best teams at home ground, but the Red Bulls have humiliated them in this venue. I see the home team taking the three points here, but I will alternatively go with the Over 3 Goals on this one.
MLS New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls Prediction: Over 3 Goals (-120)
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