Playoff contenders New York Red Bulls host an Inter Miami side currently struggling near the foot of the MLS Eastern Conference on Saturday, at the Red Bull Arena.
While the home side are unbeaten in three and sit seventh in the standings, their Floridian counterparts come into the game on the back of five successive defeats.
After previously scoring a late goal against Orlando to win their first away game of 2021, last week, the New York Red Bulls were held to a 1-1 home draw by fellow top-seven side Philadelphia Union.
The visitors’ substitute striker Sergio Santos headed in an 85th minute equaliser for 10-man Union to deny the Red Bulls back-to-back wins in the league.
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Head coach Gerhard Struber was left frustrated when Patryk Klimala‘s successful spot kick on the hour mark – after Union goalkeeper Matt Freese was sent off for hauling down Wikelman Carmona – was cancelled out so late on, but can still be pleased with his team’s efforts in their opening 12 fixtures of the 2021 campaign.
New York Red Bulls possible starting lineup:
Carlos; Tolkin, Nealis, Edwards, Duncan; Amaya, Davis, Harper, Casseres; Klimala, Fabio
Inter Miami possible starting lineup:
McCarthy; Leerdam, Figal, Gonzalez, Makoun; Matuidi, Gregore; Shea, Chapman, Morgan; Carranza
New York Red Bulls vs Inter Miami: prediction
We say: New York Red Bulls 2-0 Inter Miami
Though Miami are overdue to end their desperate losing run, the Red Bulls are a tough team to beat on their home patch and are unlikely to be unpicked by the visitors’ toothless attack.
Therefore, the home side should stride on towards the playoffs, with Miami returning south with nothing to show for their efforts once again.
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