New York Red Bulls vs Seattle by bOdyssey
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First of all Red Bulls traded defender Aurelien Collinfrom Orlando who has been solid so far. The Red Bulls have conceded only three times in the six matches (league + cup) that the Frenchman’s played. Zubar is another solid central defender but injuries limited his time so far this season but now he is healthy and should join Collin in center defense, but Baah (1G) will make a bid to get the nod as well. New York’s defense is riding high, with three straight league shutouts and a 307-minute scoreless streak.
Now let’s talk about BWP (Bradley Wright-Phillips) as he is most important player in NYRB team. Safe to say, how BWP goes, the Red Bulls go. In the first seven matches, Bradley Wright-Phillips had zero goals. In the next seven, eight goals and one assist. Including 5 in last 2. So BWP is on fire. Wright-Phillips is clinical up front and moreover his ability to stretch opposition defense creates space underneath for long shots from the center trio of Dax McCarty (2 goals), Sacha Kljestan (2 goals + 8 assists) and Felipe (3 goals +3 assists).
Red Bulls have huge attacking power and that power is surging right now. They’ve scored 11 in last 4 home matches and outscored opponents 11-0 in last 3 MLS matches.
Seattle is opposite team. They struggle up front netting just 13 goals in 13 matches (Red Bulls scored 15 in last 6 at home). The reason is obvious. Seattle failed to replace Martins (24/15, last season top-scorer). Nigerian was clicking with Dempsey and those duo scored 27 of 44 Seattle’s league goals last season. Today Dempsey (10/2) is out as well as he plays for USNT. So Sounders will struggle up front even more.
Seattle play very weak away from home posting +1=1-4 and concede 14 shots per game in visits (NYRB average 16 shots per game at home).
Seattle is poor on the road, and New York has been rock-solid at home. Red Bulls have advantage in every area on the field (on paper) and will control the game in terms of possession and creating chances. While the long trip and Dempsey-less roster will hurt the Sounders.
This one should end with the home win, The only worry for me is Collin’s tendency to see red cards against Seattle in the past (!).
|AH1(-0.75)||Pinnacle||1.79||8||2-0 WON (+6.32 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.