MLS Soccer Betting: Philadelphia vs NY Red Bulls
Friday, July 31th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls square off for the second time in 10 days, as the Union ousted the Red Bulls in New York in the quarterfinals of the U.S Open Cup on July 21.
This will be the second of three MLS regular season meetings between the teams, and the two will round out the three-game set on the next to last weekend of the year. The Union thought they better keep up with the Joneses, and made one of their own major European signings this week. The Union's team page is expressing that they think the acquisition of Tranquillo Barnetta is one of the biggest names to play in Philadelphia in franchise history.
The Swiss national drew the attention of head coach Jim Curtain, and visited with Barnetta and his dad to finalize his decision to play in the states. He traveled with the team last weekend and is on his way home to sort out his visa situation. He is expected to be in uniform this weekend although Curtain is saying he doesn't expect him to start.
This all comes on the heels of Curtain saying that the win over the Red Bulls in the U.S Open Cup was the biggest win in the history of the team, so obviously the coach thinks every next thing is the biggest thing to ever happen for this team.
Let's talk about the 3 - 2 loss to DC United this past weekend, because that to us is the biggest debacle in Philadelphia history, and we are still talking about a team that has given up the most goals in all of MLS, and are a mere three points out of the Eastern Conference basement.
After getting off to a two-goal lead in just four minutes, the Union managed to do what they have done all season, and found a way to give up three goals and lose in the end. The Union's Andrew Wenger is likely out this weekend, while he still deals with concussion symptoms, and Richie Marquez’s left ankle appears to have him unable to go this weekend. Michael Lahoud, Raymond Lee and Vincent Nogueira are all listed as doubtful or out this weekend as well.
The Red Bulls enter this weekend in third place in the Eastern Conference standings with 29 points, only two points behind Columbus, but only one point ahead of both Toronto and New England.
Since the loss to the Union in the U.S Cup, the Red Bulls have defeated both Chelsea and Benfica in friendlies, with the Chelsea match coming less than 24 hours after the defeat.
New York will be playing three matches in nine days, as they will head to Stade Saputo to take on Montrealon Wednesday, before returning home next weekend to take on installed rival NYCFC.
The last time we saw the Red Bulls in MLS action, they marched into the Citrus Bowl to take on Orlando City and came away with a 2 - 0 road win. New York has won four of their last five MLS matches entering this weekend, and are certainly looking to avenge the defeat to the Union in the U.S Cup, which is still fresh in their minds.
Last 14 MLS Meetings:
The two have met 14 times since Philadelphia joined MLS in 2010.
New York leads the series with 7 Wins, 5 Losses and 2 Draws.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Philadelphia Pk -115
NYRB Pk -105
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Coach Jim Curtain can say whatever he wants about all the amazing things he thinks he is seeing, but let's be honest here. Philadelphia made it to the finals of the U.S Open Cup a year ago, and a win over the Red Bulls in a shootout to reach the semi's is all that they have accomplished so far.
The Red Bulls have revenge on their mind as a result, and we see this as an opportunity to expect that revenge to be had.
Until the Union can prove that they can stop anyone, even with a 2 - 0 lead as we saw a weekend ago, there is no reason for us to believe that stopping the Red Bulls this weekend will happen.
We are turning to the Pk Draw no Bet handicap in this one, and taking the Red Bulls to get some type of result at PPL Park. The -105 is more than acceptable, and it will give us the safety net of a draw to get our money back if they cannot take all three points.
NY Red Bulls Pk action at -105 goes in as our recommendation for the match.