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Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Inter Miami

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, MLS 16 Jul 2021

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Verdict: New York Red Bulls win

Best Odds: 5/6

Bookmaker: Unibet

Smelling a golden chance to make an immediate return to winning ways on Sunday at midnight, the New York Red Bulls will host a struggling Inter Miami.

New York Red Bulls

Starting with the hosts, putting in what was another eye-catching display last week, there is no doubt that New York would have been hugely disappointed to have had to settle for just a single point on home soil. Despite dominating large spells of the game, the Red Bulls eventually saw Philadelphia snatch a late flattering point. However, while the former MLS champions might have managed to muster just a single win from any of their last four contests, that doesn’t quite tell the whole story. Once again tipped by many across America as a standout pick to clinch another Final Series spot in the Eastern Conference, Gerhard Struber’s side should be smelling a golden chance on home soil this weekend. Gaining plenty of praise since appointing the former Barnsley boss, it should also be noted that New York have continued to impress at the Red Bull Arena. Despite having to settle for a point against The Union last week, Sunday’s hosts have collected 13 points from their last five home fixtures.

Team News

New York have already ruled out both Caden Clark and Youba Diarra with neither featuring this weekend.

Also still dealing with an Achilles tendon rupture, key defender Aaron Long will once again miss out on Sunday.

Inter Miami

As for the visitors, while New York might find themselves tipped as a leading contender in the Final Series chase, the same cannot be said for a struggling Inter Miami. Putting in what was another torrid display last week in a deserved 1-0 defeat away at Montréal, there is already huge pressure mounting on Phil Neville’s shoulders. Really failing to find their feet under the one-time Manchester United man, The Herons find themselves in the midst of a real MLS nightmare. Despite what is a glittering squad on paper, Miami are enduring a woeful five-match losing run and they know that they face another huge test on the road this weekend. Firmly battling it out at the foot of the Eastern Conference, there is no doubt that Neville will have a real headache over his side’s continued issues in the final third. Once again drawing a blank against Montréal last time out, Inter Miami have scored just a single goal on their five-match losing run.

Team News

In what could be a much-needed boost for Inter Miami, former Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs could be set to make his debut this weekend.

Likewise, Aston Villa loanee Indiana Vassilev could also make a first appearance on Sunday.

Key Factors to Consider

    • New York have collected 13 points from their last five MLS matchups at the Red Bull Arena.
    • Inter Miami have lost each of their last five MLS matchups on the bounce, scoring just a single goal.
    • Likewise, Sunday’s guests have lost each of their last three straight away fixtures by a 1-0 scoreline.
    • All eight of New York’s home fixtures this season have seen over 1.5 goals by the final whistle.
    • Miami have drawn a blank in seven of their previous nine MLS matchups.

    Conclusion

    While New York would have been disappointed to have only collected a point against The Union last week, Sunday’s hosts should be smelling a golden chance on home soil. Continuing to impress with their performances at the Red Bull Arena, a struggling Inter Miami will face another huge task on the road. Last seen getting hit with a toothless 1-0 defeat away at Montréal, Phil Neville’s side have lost each of their last five MLS matchups on the spin. Showing a string of issues in the final third, New York certainly appear at attractive odds this weekend.

    Verdict: New York Red Bulls win

    Best Odds: 5/6

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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