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New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls predictions, picks and match preview

New York City FC and New York Red Bulls meet in the Bronx on Saturday evening in the second Hudson River Derby of the week. Keep reading to view our New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls predictions and betting tips.

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  • Money-Line: NEW YORK CITY FC -190, DRAW +350, NEW YORK RED BULLS +500
  • Total: OVER 2.5 -155, UNDER 2.5 +125

New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls Key Stats

  • New York City FC and New York Red Bulls drew 1-1 when they met during the week.
  • New York City FC have won eight of their 12 MLS home matches this season.
  • New York City FC are averaging 2.41 goals per game at home this term.
  • New York Red Bulls have lost eight of their 12 MLS games on the road this season.

 

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New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls Match Preview

Aggression, tackles, cards and penalty-kick controversy – the rearranged Hudson River Derby between New York Red Bulls and New York City in midweek had everything you’d expect to see in a clash between two local antagonists, and their rematch on Saturday promises to be just as eventful.

The Red Bulls rescued a draw, and perhaps even their season, with the latest penalty kick ever scored in an MLS fixture on Wednesday evening when Patryk Klimala hit the net with his 102nd minute effort.

On an incredibly controversial evening in New Jersey, the visitors finished the contest with nine-men following the dismissal of Keaton Parks, for a horror tackle, and Maxime Chanot, for his role in conceding the crucial penalty.

In the lead-up to the drama at the death, New York City had been the dominant force in the game and the lead they established through Valentín Castellanos just after the half hour mark was a thoroughly deserved one.

The visitors squandered a number of chances to add to their advantage before referee Ismail Elfath chose to award the late spot-kick with what looked a very harsh call following a lengthy deliberation at the pitch side monitor.

After such a pulsating encounter on Wednesday night, where a massive 11 cards were handed to the players on both sides, both clubs will be gearing up for another titanic tussle in The Bronx on Saturday evening.

New York City will feel they have wrongs to right in the week’s second Hudson River Derby and their superb record at home this season could allow them to push for the victory they probably deserved in New Jersey.

 

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New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls Picks

New York City FC to Win -190 (DraftKings)

New York City will have frustrations to exorcise on Saturday evening against their bitter rivals and the host’s excellent record in The Bronx in 2021 makes them our favorites to prevail.

The Boys in Blue have won an impressive eight of their 12 MLS fixtures at Yankee Stadium this season, tasting defeat just twice during their strong home campaign.

Indeed, only two clubs in the MLS have collected more points at home this season than Ronny Delia’s side.

In stark contrast, Red Bulls’ record on the road makes for pretty grim reading and NYRB have lost eight of their 12 league games away from New Jersey.

NYCFC smashed their neighbors 5-2 when the teams went to war in The Bronx and with a sense of injustice providing an extra driving force, we’re tipping The Pigeons to land another decisive blow.

Over 2.5 Goals @ 8/13 (bet365)

New York City FC have been one of the most prolific home teams in the MLS this season and only Nashville (31) have hit the net more on their own patch so far.

Of the 3.33 goals scored per NYCFC home games on average, the hosts have accounted for 2.41 themselves and their formidable firepower could be worth backing against the Red Bulls.

The Boys in Blue have hit 16 goals in their last five home matches alone and they will be gunning for NYRB in Saturday’s derby following Wednesday night’s dramatic developments.

With those factors considered, we recommend backing over 2.5 goals to be scored in The Bronx.

New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls Parlay

New York City FC Win and Over 2.5 +120 (DraftKings)

 

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New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls Team News

New York City FC team news

Ronny Deila has close to a full complement of players to choose from in terms of injuries, though Keaton Parks and Maxime Chanot will be suspended for Saturday following their red cards on Wednesday.

Injured:

Suspended: Keaton Parks, Maxime Chanot

New York Red Bulls team news

Aaron Long is out for the long-term for NYRB, while Lucas Monzon’s is also facing a spell in the treatment room with a hamstring injury. Dru Yearwood could also miss out having been withdrawn with an injury in midweek.

Injured: Aaron Long, Ryan Meara

Suspended:

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