New York Red Bulls Preview
The Bulls will be without left back Kemar Lawrence who has had surgery on a hernia and will be out of action for six weeks. Apart from his absence though they should be at full strength. In midfield and attack all of their key players should suit up no problem. Jesse Marsch’s side started the season terribly. but have really found form in their last few matches. They’ve won 5 of their last 7 matches and were totally clinical prior to the Copa America break, thrashing NYC 7-0 and easily beating Toronto 3-0. It just looked like they finally found their groove so it would’ve been a disappointment that the break came when it did. The overall feeling around the club has been much better anyway and the fans are back behind the team. Here at home, the Bulls are always attack minded and very positive, looking for goals all the time.
The visitors should travel here close to full strength. However, vital key man Clint Dempsey is still unavailable due to international duty. Without him, they often lack plenty going forwards and he drives the team in so many different ways. It’s been a below par season for the Sounders thus far. The find themselves second bottom of the Western Conference which for a club like Seattle is nowhere near acceptable. They did win in their last road match at DC United, but that was facing a poor side who missed a lot of chances. Seattle just don’t impress me much this year, put them up against someone good and they seem to crumble. Lack of goals is a big issue and they still miss Obafemi Martins a lot.
Conclusion & Betting analysis
The Red Bulls have been highly impressive in their last four home matches. Victories have been obtained in all of those encounters with clean sheets in their last three. Right now, I just think these two teams are a class apart. New York dominate most sides here at home, and the way they demolished Dallas here a month or two ago stays in my memory. If they can do that against a genuinely good Western Conference team then they shouldn’t have too many issues against an average Seattle. The only question in my mind is exactly what bet to take. Either the Red Bulls on a handicap, or the overs (or both). In the end, I think NYRB -1 on an asian line is the best option. At worst, I think they’ll win the match by one goal but there’s a good chance this will end up as a comfortable success. The way the Bulls dominate possession and keep clean sheets then this handicap should be more than useful. I simply don’t rate Seattle at the moment and I expect the Bulls to continue their great form.
Recommended bet: New York Red Bulls -1 (asian) @ 2.10