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Nashville SC v New York City: Munthali´s hosts in a good spot

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 22 Jun 2024

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Rumba Munthali believes his Nashville SC side are in a good spot ahead of Saturday’s clash with New York City, having continued their climb up the standings by beating Toronto FC 2-1 in midweek.

Sam Surridge’s 90th-minute strike handed Nashville their second win in their last four MLS matches on Wednesday, and they now sit eighth in the Eastern Conference.

Interim boss Munthali has overseen a resurgence since taking over from the fired Gary Smith last month, and he is excited by the chance to keep it going against NYCFC.

“It’s really good to pick up more points and move up the standings,” Munthali said.

“I thought the guys showed some heart and had a good second half and deserved to win.

“Now we just have to talk to our staff, make sure the guys are in a good place for Saturday in the space we have and hopefully again have good performances.”

Nick Cushing’s visitors sit six points clear of Nashville in fourth place, though they have lost ground on those above them by recording back-to-back losses.

Having gone down 3-2 at home to the Columbus Crew last week, they were beaten 2-0 at the LA Galaxy on Wednesday.

Cushing knows acclimatising to different conditions on their travels is somewhere his team can improve, saying: “We made changes, but we’ve got a squad that allows us to make changes.

“If you want to be a consistently winning team, a team that is successful in MLS, you have to cope with travel and time zones and all of those things, the heavy schedule too.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Nashville SC – Sam Surridge

Surridge scored both of Nashville’s goals in their midweek victory over Toronto, his third match with two or more goals in MLS.

Of Surridge’s nine MLS goals, seven have arrived in the three matches where he scored more than once (one hat-trick, two braces).

New York City – Santiago Rodriguez

Rodriguez led NYCFC on Wednesday with five shot involvements (two chances created, three shots attempted), extending his team-leading shot involvements tally to 95 for the season.

If he maintains his lead, he will have led the team for shot involvements in each of the last three seasons, joining David Villa (2015 to 2017) as the only NYCFC players to do so in three straight campaigns.

MATCH PREDICTION: NASHVILLE SC WIN

The home team has not lost any of the four all-time meetings between these teams, with Nashville winning both of their home games and NYCFC recording a win and a draw on their own turf.

New York’s 2-0 defeat to the Galaxy last time out was their fifth shutout defeat of the year, tied with the New England Revolution and Orlando City for the joint-most in MLS.

Nashville, meanwhile, have only lost one of their last seven regular-season games (three wins, three draws), and are chasing their first pair of consecutive wins since May-June 2023.

OPTA WIN PROBABILITY

Nashville SC – 44%

New York City – 29.2%

Draw – 26.8%

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