MLS Soccer Betting: NY Red Bulls vs Real Salt Lake
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Real Salt Lake and the New York Red Bulls will be pushed to their limits, as they will both be playing four games in 11 days, with rivalries and U.S Open Cup matches all around. Real Salt Lake will only have DC United left on their MLS schedule in August, and they will host five of their next six games before returning to the East coast for the final time.
As do the Red Bulls, Real SL will be playing four matches in 11 days, although they will be home for the next three. They will play at Rio Tinto this upcomingSaturdayagainst Columbus, take on Portland in the U.S Cup onJuly 1, and host Orlando City onJuly 4.Things are getting better with the Utah-based club lately, as they come off a very successful three game home stand, with a win and a draw in MLS action, carrying over a win in the U.S Open Cup as well.
After a 0 - 0 draw with Colorado started the month of June, RSL captured two straight, confidence building, 2 - 1 wins at home.
The U.S Cup win did not come easy against the Seattle II squad, being down 1 - 0 at halftime and managing two second half goals to move on to the round of 16. As we mentioned, they will continue playing this week against Portland.
The 2 - 1 win over Kansas City this past weekend came in a thrilling fashion, with a crowd-raising goal that decided the winner in the 93rd minute of extra time. Olmes Garcia used a deflection off Sporting KC defender Kevin Ellis, while GK Tim Melia was left handcuffed, watching the ball find the back of his net.
The Red Bulls have their own 11-day battle in front of them, with Real Salt Lake in town today, followed up by a visit to Yankee Stadium to face installed rival, NYCFC this weekend.A rematch in the U.S Open Cup with the New York Cosmos is slated fornext Wednesdayat Red Bull Arena onJuly 1, and the Bulls will finish out the stretch with a trip to MAPFRE Stadium, to face the Crew onJuly 4. If you recall, the New York Cosmos knocked the Bulls out of the U.S Open Cup in the fourth round last year, so this upcoming round of 16 contest, is certainly on their minds. We can assume they haven't fully erased the 3 - 0 drubbing that unfolded at Shuart Stadium in Long Island, NY.
While RSL is starting to figure things out, the Red Bulls have not figured out anything lately. Four straight league losses, and only one win in their last nine games, has dropped them to the pack of four with 17 points in the middle of Eastern Conference standings.
After the Bulls 3 - 0 U.S Open Cup win over Atlanta, New York hosted Vancouver, and lost 2 - 1 in strange fashion. Bradley Wright-Phillips missed not only one, but two penalty kicks. The first miss from the spot in the fifth minute of the game would have changed the complexion completely, as an early 1 - 0 lead normally does.
Only five minutes later, NYRB midfielderSacha Kljestan was sent off the field with a red card, and New York had to play the final 80 minutes down a man.
Wright-Phillips' second opportunity from the spot could have potentially tied the match at 1 - 1 in the 65th minute, but that too was a failed opportunity, which led to Vancouver taking a 2 - 0 lead just minutes later. The game ended 2 - 1, although there was never a real feeling that Vancouver was giving away the three points, up a man and a goal.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
Real Salt Lake lead the recent series with 5 Wins, 3 Losses and 2 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
NYRB -1 -110
RSL +1 -110
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
With RSL figuring things out, and the Red Bulls having two big rivalry games on deck with NYCFC and the NY Cosmos in Cup action this could get hairy, and we might see a good bit of goal-scoring taking place in this one.
The Red Bulls defense has not exactly been all that convincing, giving up two or more goals in each of the four games that have caused the four-game losing streak.
A line of -105 on this Over 2.5 almost seems too good to be true. What is a nickel of juice to ask for a 2 - 1 game when this is said and done? Not enough for us to lay off it, so the -105 with the expectation of at least three goals to cash the Over 2.5 ticket, goes on our board in this one.