There are a number of MLS games taking place despite the International Break including New York City FC vs DC United which will be televised by Sky on Saturday evening. See our New York City FC vs DC United predictions for the match below.
New York City FC aren’t clicking at the moment and they are going through a sticky patch. After a terrific start to the campaign, they are in danger of falling short in their quest for a top two position in the Eastern Conference. On Wednesday, they had the chance to capitalise on a game in hand and pick up some points against New England Revolution but they blew the opportunity and lost 1-0 at home to Brad Freidel’s men. It was their first home defeat of the season and it leaves them with just one victory in their last seven encounters. That sole success came against ten-man Toronto FC where they were twice pegged back by the Canadians. They host in-form DC United at home on Saturday night and they will be determined to bounce back. The visitors aren’t great on the road but they have improved significantly in recent weeks with Wayne Rooney spearheading their late season revival. They have drawn four of their last seven games on the road and have only lost narrowly to NYRB and Seattle Sounders both of whom are in excellent form and I think they can get something from this game. DC United or Draw [Double Chance] is the first of our New York City FC vs DC United predictions and it’s available at 5/4 with Bet365.
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The MLS is rife with goals but NYCFC haven’t been scoring freely in their last few games. Their poor form has led to them putting in some poor performances and they’ve only netted twice in their last four matches. DC United are scoring freely and put three past Atlanta United last weekend. They don’t scored as many on the road but I believe they can find a way past this New York City FC defence which appears to be lacking in confidence at the moment. Take a chance on the visitors notching a couple of goals in this clash. Over 1.5 DC United team goals is available at 17/10 with Coral and looks a decent option. It is the second of our New York City FC vs DC United predictions.
Wayne Rooney has been stealing the headlines since joining DC United and the Scouser was excellent against Atlanta United last week. He is a short-ish price to score anytime in this fixture so a chance should be taken on his talented teammate Luciano Acosta who has been in electric form recently. The Argentine is exceptionally skillful and has been chipping in with some goals of late. He’s netted six in his last four games and with the absence of Darren Mattocks, he should be on goal-scoring duty once again. Luciano Acosta is 7/2 to score anytime in this game with Sport Pesa and he is the third of our New York City FC vs DC United predictions.
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New York City FC may be going through a tough period and they do have a quick turnaround from their midweek defeat but they are still odds-on favourites for this game and can be backed at 3/4 with William Hill.It’s 3/1 for the game to finish all square and with DC United drawing four of their last eight away games, it could be a decent option here. The visitors are also 3/1 to pick up all three points and inflict more misery on their hosts.
DC United have a few players away on International Duty with Darren Mattocks, Junior Moreno and Paul Arriola all away with their countries. A reshuffle will be needed but there should still be enough firepower in the squad. Wayne Rooney is 13/2 to grab the first goal of the game and will be on penalty duties once against whilst our prediction of Luciano Acosta looks attractively priced at 17/2 to open the scoring.
New York City FC may opt to rotate their squad but the ever-industrious Maxi Moralez could be a decent option at 11/2 to bag the first. David Villa starts as the 7/2 favourite in this market.
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