DC United vs New York Red BullsMLS, KO: 01:00 Jul 26, 2021, Audi Field
DC United and New York Red Bulls square off in an MLS fixture at Audi Field with both teams separated by just one point in the Eastern Conference. An exciting contest looks to be on the cards and goals can be expected at both ends.
DC United played out a 2-2 draw at Chicago Fire last time out in the MLS. They showed great character to fight back from two goals down with Kevin Paredes getting their first goal before Ola Kamara grabbed the equaliser from the spot three minutes from time.
Things have not been particularly smooth for the Black and Reds in recent weeks with just one win in their last five matches. They are currently ninth on the table, just three points behind New York City FC in the final playoff spot.
Hernan Losada’s men often show their quality in attack and can count a 7-1 victory over Toronto FC among their recent results. However, defending remains a problem having failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four matches.
New York Red Bulls also played out a draw in their previous MLS fixture as they were held 1-1 by Toronto FC. They opened the scoring just after the restart through Patryk Klimala but were pegged back midway through the second half.
The Red Bulls have also claimed just one win in their last five matches, which was a 2-1 victory away at Orlando City. They have played out three draws in that run and sit two points off the playoff places in the East.
One thing that has hampered Gerhard Struber’s team this season is a lack of discipline at the back which has seen them keep just one clean sheet in their last five matches.
How the bookies view it
Both teams have been on a similar run of form lately and are likely to share the spoils on Monday.
Head to head
DC United have a 42-36 advantage with 18 draws from 96 previous matches against New York Red Bulls. The last meeting between both teams was a 1-1 draw in a friendly back in April.
Players to watch
Ola Kamara is the top scorer for DC United with six goals and has scored in his last two matches. Paddy Power has the Norwegian striker at 2/1 to score anytime while the first goal is valued at odds of 5/1 by BoyleSport.
Polish striker Patryk Klimala appears to have come into his own in recent weeks with two goals in his last three matches. He is priced at 13/5 to score anytime by bet365, who are also offering odds of 8/1 in the first goalscorer market.
Anything else catch the eye?
DC United saw over 3.5 goals in their last fixture and a similar outcome is priced at 27/11 by Vbet. The same firm is offering odds of 39/40 for over 2.5 goals while both teams could be backed to score at 4/5 with Sport Nation.
Both teams have a knack for finding the net after the break and could be backed to score in the second half at 9/4 with bet365. The second half could also be tipped as the highest scoring half at 15/13 with Red Zone.
This MLS match between DC United and New York Red Bulls will be played on Jul 26, 2021 and kick off at 01:00. Check below for our tipsters best DC United vs New York Red Bulls prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.