NY Red Bulls vs NYCFC Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Recent results point to Red Bulls having another strong performance at home
- NYCFC’s decent run in MLS Is Back shouldn’t be glanced over
- Keep an eye on two compelling newcomers for Red Bulls who could make an early impression on Thursday
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New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC Predictions and Picks
Can we see a high tally of goals in this week’s Hudson River Derby? Although the odds point to it likely ending in a low-scoring affair, history says otherwise.
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How to Watch NY Red Bulls vs NYCFC
|New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC Information|
|What||New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC|
|Where||Red Bull Arena (Harrison, New Jersey)|
|When||Thursday, August 20th at 7:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
There’s rarely a lack of excitement when both the Red Bulls and NYCFC hit the field in the Hudson River Derby. Dating back to their first official meeting in 2015, this rivalry is a heated one that has typically gone in the favor of the Red Bulls. With nine wins and two draws in their 16 matches, the Red Bulls have typically had the upper-hand in this rivalry.
That said, things have leveled out in recent years. Boosted by crucial goals from players like Maximiliano Moralez, NYCFC has clinched two wins and a draw in their last four clashes with the Red Bulls.
They also have more momentum after a decent showing in the MLS Is Back tournament. As opposed to the Red Bulls’ exit in the group stage, NYCFC had two matches in the knockout round and were ultimately pushed out by a 3-1 loss to Portland Timbers in the quarterfinal stage.
Regardless, the Red Bulls will also want to make a statement. It doesn’t take too long to find their two 4-0 wins over the Red Bulls in 2018, and after disappointing in the MLS Is Back tournament, they should be fired up and eager to hit the back of the net once again against their adversaries.
Red Bulls With A Home Field Advantage
Even with no fans in attendance, the history of favorable results at Red Bull Arena should give plenty of courage to the home side.
The Red Bulls are undefeated in their last four Hudson River Derby matches at home in all competitions, and when looking simply at MLS results, they’ve been near-perfect with five wins, one draw and just one loss.
And most importantly: We’ve seen goals from the Red Bulls. In the last three matches at the venue, the Red Bulls have collected an eye-catching total of 12.
NYCFC Should Secure A Couple Goals Of Their Own
Despite some reasons to point to Red Bulls doing well, we also shouldn’t forget that NYCFC has the momentum.
In the MLS Is Back tournament, names like Jesus Medina and Heber stepped up with game-changing moments in the final third. While Medina scored three times in the short-length competition, Medina was also crucial in his support with two assists.
Things should have perhaps gone better for them in the tournament overall, but with four goals in their two knockout round matches, there are obvious positives when looking at the attack for manager Ronny Deila. If he can build off of those shining moments, there’s no reason why they won’t be able to put at least a couple of goals past the Red Bulls.
Red Bulls’ New Attacking Depth
Disappointed with their performances in MLS Is Back, the Red Bulls quickly made moves in the transfer market by immediately bringing in two intriguing names: Samuel Tetteh and Dru Yearwood.
Yearwood, a 20-year-old midfielder from England, has all of the tools needed to become a star MLS player. With a high potential — and lots of speed on the pitch — Yearwood could potentially step onto the field this week and take charge of the Red Bulls.
Tetteh could also do plenty of damage as well. On loan from Red Bull Salzburg, the clever dribbler from Ghana is set to make his mark in North American soccer. As a well-rounded attacker that has some power behind his shots, Tetteh has all of the makings of a goalscorer for Red Bulls — perhaps even by this Thursday if given a chance.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast.