New York Red Bulls VSS New York City FC

New York Red Bulls VSS New York City FC New York Red Bulls vs. New York City Predictions, Betting tips, and Live Stream: New York sides tipped to share the spoils

As long as we don’t get swept” seems to be the phrase a lot of Red Bulls fans are murmuring to themselves as they look to the NYCFC match. There has not been much to go off from the first meeting earlier in the season, and the second loss was purely David Villa being, well, David Villa. If anything, the Red Bulls should be able to go into this match with a clean slate and attack NYCFC for all they are worth.

There is just one problem. They have been worth a whole lot this season. After their hiccup against Toronto FC at the end of July, the club has won its last three matches, scoring seven goals total. Villa literally cannot stop scoring, with a goal in seven of the last eight matches he has played in. It goes without saying that, again, he will be the man to stop for NYCFC.

There is also trouble right next to Villa in attack. Youngster Jonathan Lewis has scored in back to back matches for his club and looks to be a solid choice to start against the Red Bulls. Lewis was drafted in January by the club and will hope to improve more as the season goes on, with this weekend being his second opportunity to shine in the derby.

For the Red Bulls, their rough yet slightly expected loss to the Timbers will only be fuel for the fire that coach Jesse Marsch hopes to light under his offense. The team was shutout 2-0 in Portland just three days after a phenomenal come from behind victory in the semi-final matchup against FC Cincinnati. Many of the usual starters were benched, but Veron and company could not muster a goal despite having two high quality chances in the dying minutes of the match.