MLS News: Prediction: DC United – New York Red Bulls

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Verdict: Both teams will score

Best odds: 3/4

Bookmaker: Unibet

Two teams looking for some recent stability, DC United will welcome the New York Red Bulls at Audi Field in the early hours of Monday morning.

DC United

Starting with the hosts, who achieved what was a remarkable comeback on the road earlier in the week, there’s no doubt DC United will be desperate to take advantage of that rally. While they may have managed to leave the Chicago Fire with only one point to show for their troubles, the Black-and-Reds scored two last-gasp goals to secure a 2-2 draw. However, despite showing his determination away midweek, head coach Hernán Losada saw his side largely fail in a 7-1 win against Toronto at home in early July. Still sitting outside the points of the Final Series and considered an outsider in the Eastern Conference, DC United have only recorded one win in their last five MLS matches. Knowing that their return to Audi Field offers a golden opportunity to override the guests on Monday, Losada should at least be strengthened by his team’s recent success at home. Including that 7-1 win earlier in the month, DC had streaked victories in Washington.

Team news

Always away with the USA at this year’s Gold Cup, the duo formed by Paul Arriola and Donovan Pines will once again be missing on Monday.

With Edison Flores and Brendan Hines-Ike still struggling with injury issues, neither will be present at Audi Field.

New York Red Bulls

As for the visitors, while the New York Red Bulls may have received a lot of praise when they brought Head Coach Gerhard Struber onto the pitch last year, they are enduring a long stagnation period. Despite dominating large spans of their trip to Toronto earlier in the week, the former Barnsley manager saw his side lose the lead and ultimately have to settle for another point on the road. Losing another chance to make their way into the Final Series seats, the Eastern Conference team recently earned a reputation for being a stall specialist. With the appearance that their impressive 2-1 win over Orlando earlier this month might have been just a small push, the Red Bulls have now had to settle for just one point in three of their last four MLS matches. Monday’s guests only managed to win one of the five previous contests, a race that dates back to June 19.

Team news

Both Andres Reyes and Youba Diarra are still facing injury problems and will not make the trip to Audi Field on Monday.

Likewise, the long-term absentee and defender Aaron Long is still out with an Achilles tendon injury.

Key factors to consider

  • When Monday’s opponents last met in April, they drew 1-1.
  • Both teams have only managed to win one of their previous five MLS matches.
  • The New York Red Bulls have drawn three of their last four MLS games.
  • Each of DC United’s last four games have ended with both teams finding the net.
  • Likewise, four of New York’s last five away games have ended with an identical result.

Conclusion

Having managed to come by two less goals in the final moments of the trip to Chicago earlier in the week, DC United will be desperate to take advantage of the comeback. In the end, coming out with a 2-2 draw to show their problems, the hosts on Monday have earned a reputation for their lively results on both ends of the pitch. Looking to find a similar level that saw them land 7-1 against Toronto on July 3, don’t be surprised to see what another action-packed bout at Audi Field could be. With the New York Red Bulls having seen four of their last five MLS away matches with both teams finding the net, we are supporting a similar result in Washington.

Verdict: Both teams will score

Best odds: 3/4

Bookmaker: Unibet

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