The Red Bulls were stuck at a draw in the New York Derby against NYCFC, but have been in pretty solid form lately. They will now clash against another team that is in good form, when they will play host to DC United on Sunday. DC United have been excellent lately and both teams will be looking to extend their streaks.
Date/Time: 8-26-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: DC United +1.25
Total: 3.25 Goals
The New York Red Bulls (15-6-4) got stuck at a really frustrating 1-1 draw. It was on the road against NYCFC last week, and the Red Bulls could not do much more. They were slightly better in the first half and took the lead with Wright-Phillips. Their opponents saw a red card but pulled even at the start of the second half. The Red Bulls just couldn’t score a winning goal despite their advantage. They are now sitting at the 2nd spot of the Eastern Conference with 49 points, just two behind Atlanta United. They have been one of the best teams at home so far (9-2-1), where they have conceded just ten goals so far, and six of them were in their last four matches.
DC United (7-9-6) are coming into this match after recording a really easy 0-2 win at home against New England Revolution. They scored a goal in each half, on the way to their third consecutive win. DC United are now undefeated in their last five (4-0-1). But have only kept a single clean sheet in that span. They are sitting at the 8th spot of the Eastern Conference with 27 points, six behind the 6th Montreal and the playoff spots. However, they have four matches in hand, so a good run could easily see them challenging even the 4th spot. DC United have not been very good on the road so far (1-8-5), where 13 of their 14 matches have had goals from both sides.
The Red Bulls have also been great as hosts against DC United over the years (17-13-7). They have not lost here since 2012 (7-0-3). The two teams have already met once in the season, when the Red Bulls won by 1-0 on the road. They have been excellent in this match-up lately, having lost just once in the last 12 matches against DC United (7-1-4).
Both teams will try to keep their undefeated streaks intact here. But DC United will have to work harder in order to get some points here. I see goals from both sides here, in a match that can easily turn into a goal-fest.
MLS New York Red Bulls vs DC United Prediction: Over 3.25 Goals (-107)