New York Red Bulls vs NashvilleMLS, KO: 01:00 Jun 19, 2021, Red Bull Arena
New York Red Bulls are seeking a fourth straight home win as they host Nashville in an MLS clash at the Red Bull Arena. Nashville have been poor on their travels lately and are likely to suffer their first defeat of the season in New York.
New York Red Bulls are coming off a 2-1 victory against Orlando City in their previous MLS fixture. Efforts in each half from Caden Clark and Cristian Casseres gave them a two-goal before conceding late on.
It was the first win in three matches for New York, who have stumbled slightly in recent weeks. They are ninth in the Eastern Conference, just two points off the top seven and will hope to make a push for a playoff finish.
One thing going for manager Gerhard Struber is his team’s fine record at the Red Bull Arena where they have won their last three matches. They remain suspect at the back with no clean sheets in their last three matches and five goals conceded in that run.
Nashville came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Atlanta United last time out in the MLS. They looked to be heading for a first defeat of the season before a late brace from Hany Mukhtar earned them a share of the spoils.
As it stands, Nashville are still unbeaten after seven matches this season, although they have been victorious just twice. They are seventh on the table, two points above the Red Bulls and could find themselves out of the playoff places with a defeat on Saturday.
The problem for Nashville is they usually start slow and often rely on a late rally to get back into the contest. That tenacity is likely to be tested if they go behind against a Red Bulls team that give little away in defence.
How the bookies view it
New York Red Bulls have the edge among the bookies and are priced at 7/5 by Sporting Index to earn a home win. A victory for Nashville is valued at 36/17 by Vbet while a draw is set at odds of 23/10 by betfair.
Head to head
This will be the first ever meeting between New York Red Bulls and Nashville.
Players to watch
Caden Clark has been one of the standout players for New York Red Bulls this season with four goals from seven matches. The young attacker is priced at 10/3 by bet365 to score anytime while the first goal is set at odds of 9/1 by the same firm.
Much of Nashville’s goals this season have come from midfield with Hany Mukhtar scoring three times. He is priced at 4/1 by Paddy Power to score anytime while betfair is offering 9/1 for the first goal.
Anything else catch the eye?
New York Red Bulls and Nashville have some quality in attack and could produce goals on Saturday. Both teams could be tipped to score at 16/19 with Vbet, over 2.5 goals is priced at 11/10 with the same firm while Paddy Power is offering 14/5 for over 3.5 goals.
Nashville’s usual slow start means New York Red Bulls could be backed to score first at 10/11 with Skybet. The hosts are also likely to score in both halves at 11/4 with Sporting Index.
This MLS match between New York Red Bulls and Nashville will be played on Jun 19, 2021 and kick off at 01:00. Check below for our tipsters best New York Red Bulls vs Nashville prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.