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NYCFC vs New York Red Bulls: Preview, predictions and lineups


The latest installment of the Hudson River Derby is on the horizon with NYCFC playing host to New York Red Bulls this weekend at Citi Field.

Both sides are pushing for playoff spots this fall after 13 matches played so far in MLS regular season action. NYCFC have rebounded after a difficult start to the campaign with five wins out of their last six matches played, with Nick Cushing looking to guide his side to the playoffs.

On the other side, the visiting Red Bulls managed to get the sour taste of defeat out of their mouths with their recent triumph over New England Revolution. Sandro Schwarz’s side managed to get back in the win column following their crushing 6-2 defeat to Inter Miami and Lionel Messi while also claiming three points over DC United Wednesday night.

Here’s 90min’s guide to the 28th MLS Hudson River Derby in NYCFC vs New York Red Bulls.

NYCFC vs New York Red Bulls H2H record (Last Five Games)

Current form (all competitions)

NYCFC

New York Red Bulls

Philadelphia Union 1-2 NYCFC – 11/05/2024

DC United 1-4 New York Red Bulls – 15/05/2024

Toronto FC 2-3 NYCFC – 11/05/2024

New York Red Bulls 4-2 New England Revolution

NYCFC 0-2 Colorado Rapids – 05/05/2024

Inter Miami 6-2 New York Red Bulls – 04/05/2024

NYCFC 2-1 Charlotte FC – 27/04/2024

New York Red Bulls 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – 27/04/2024

NYCFC 2-0 DC United – 20/04/2024

LAFC 2-2 New York Red Bulls – 20/04/2024

Country

TV channel/live stream

United Kingdom

Apple TV – MLS Season Pass

United States

Apple TV – MLS Season Pass

Canada

Apple TV +

Maxi Moralez remains out through injury

Maxi Moralez remains out through injury / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Maxi Moralez is the only NYCFC player that is unavailable for selection through injury. The veteran midfielder missed the last several weeks of the 2023 MLS season with a torn ACL but is reportedly back in training and could make his long-awaited return during the summer.

NYCFC predicted lineup vs New York Red Bulls ( 4-2-3-1 ): Freese; Gray, Martins, Risa, O’Toole; Sands, Parks; Fernandez, Rodriguez, Ojeda; Bakrar.

Peter Stroud remains sidelined through injury

Peter Stroud remains sidelined through injury / Jonathan Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Red Bulls will have to make do without Peter Stroud and Serge Ngoma as the two are dealing with respective ankle and injuries. Both players are expected to return to action later on this month.

New York Red Bulls predicted lineup vs NYCFC ( 4-4-2 ): Coronel; Dylan Nealis, Sean Nealis, Eile, Tolkin; Gjengaar, Amaya, Edelman, Forsberg; Vanzeir, Morgan.

Both sets of players will be itching to get this one underway to claim bragging rights and strengthen their grip on their position in the Eastern Conference table.

Both teams have attacking departments that have been lauded among the best in MLS, but Red Bulls’ defense is what will propel them to victory — disregard the six goals conceded to Miami a couple weeks back. The RBNY attack will be too much for the NYCFC defense to contain, as Schwarz’s side will pick up three huge points on the road in the latest Hudson River Derby.

Prediction: NYCFC 1-2 New York Red Bulls



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