MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: NYCFC vs New York Red Bulls
Friday, May 8th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: New York City FC and the Red Bulls play their first ever Big Apple derby in league play this weekend, and the anticipation of the game has the city taking notice.
Do you wear red, or do you wear blue?
This is yet another rivalry for New York fans to decide their loyalties, as we see with the Giants and Jets, and Rangers and Islanders, as well as the Yankees and Mets. Of course, the New York Cosmos have their say in this city as well. Naturally, the Red Bulls do not want to even fathom the idea of losing at home to upstart NYCFC, having played 20 years in MLS, while NYCFC has just gotten their feet wet in the league.
Things have not exactly gone as smoothly as Head Coach Jason Kries had hoped. With only one win to show in the first nine games of the season and 9th place in the Eastern Conference standings with 6 points, the rest of the season seems like an uphill battle.
While they still try to figure out how to play at the dimension-challenged Yankee Stadium, they have only scored two goals in four road games in the early going, drawing twice with two losses.
Last weekend, Seattle had no problem with NYCFC, taking three easy points in a 3 - 1 win that saw Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins combine for all three goals.
The Red Bulls are coming off their first loss of the season last weekend, losing 2 - 1 to NewEngland, with a nasty little melee at the end of the game that saw emotions run high. Coaches and players had to be separated, although Jermaine Jones had the most influence as to how and why the arguments got extended to pushing and shoving.
Now, again, emotions will be high while the pressure is solely on the Red Bulls to get a result at home.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
First ever MLS meeting
1x2 3-Way Lines:
New York -155
NYCFC +0.5 +125
New York -0.5 -155
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
It looks as if David Villa will be returning from injury this weekend, and maybe they saved him for this match. Not to say they are in a position to rest anyone longer than needed, but it is what it is.
Of course, the Red Bulls come in the match strongly favored at -155 on the 3-Way line, and what else could we expect? The Red Bulls have only lost a single game this year, while NYCFC has only one win too.
We do not see much of a feelout process taking place here, as each team knows what needs to be done. Jason Kries' job security as the first head coach in team history will certainly start to be questioned if these results don't start coming in, but remember that this is New York. The media in New York doesn't do well with teams that don't play up to a certain expectation.
Wide open and full of goals is how we see this one, so why even play around with that -155 home line, when the line setters are only asking for $15 worth of juice on the Over 2.5.
NYC is not going to slow down the Red Bulls for 90 minutes, and we could easily see a goal or two in the first 20 minutes of the game. We expect that the Red Bulls will not even attempt to let NYC win the possession battle, and will play quick and put as many balls in the box to create havoc as often as possible. We also know that Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips are as dangerous as it gets in this league.
Expect the back of the net to be found early and often, and throw this Over 2.5 at -115 on your board.