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Saturday, 19 January, 2019

New York Red Bulls ready to boss Bronx battle

City's MLS struggles set to go on

Luis Robles of New York Red Bulls makes a diving save
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Midnight Thursday

It's one apiece between the big rivals from the Big Apple but back the Red Bulls to go up in the series by claiming victory at Yankee Stadium.

City, third in the Eastern Conference and a point behind their city opponents, are struggling at the moment. Coach Dome Torrent is the first to admit it.

Last time out they lost 2-0 at Philadelphia, where they faded worryingly as the game dragged on.

On top of that they sustained injuries to Alex Callens and Jesus Medina which rules that duo out of tonight’s derby showdown in The Bronx while Ronald Matarrita is suspended after being sent off.

That setback against the Union means they have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four games.

And their failure to score – it’s noticeable how the goals are drying up for 36-year-old David Villa – was just their second blank in 14 matches since a 4-0 hammering at the Red Bulls in May.

The Red Bulls themselves are back home after a road trip which produced a 1-0 win at Chicago and a 2-2 draw in Vancouver, where David Royer scored both goals. Royer grabbed his late equaliser six minutes after Michael Murillo had been red-carded so he, like Matarrita, serves a ban.

Chris Armas and his men have won five and drawn one of their last seven, form which justifies the bet.

New York Red Bulls
1pt 23-10 bet365

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They have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four games
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