New York RB are without Lawrence, the full back is serving a suspension after returning from international duty. Collin remains a doubt, which means the hosts could stick with the same 3 man defence used in last match. Kljestan and Martins provide great quality on the ball in central midfield, look to use the pace out wide. Royer will support Wright-Phillips, the latter leads the attack. 3 straight league wins have lifted New York RB into the play-off places, the mood around the club is a stark contrast to earlier in the season. New York RB suffered a disappointing defeat to their opponents earlier in the season, now playing with much more confidence the hosts will be expecting all 3 points. Coach Marsch is under less pressure after recent results. The hosts used a 3-4-3 formation in the last match and this appeared to work as the team ran out convincing winners. The current run of form has lifted confidence, as a result, expect the hosts to start on the front foot and take control of possession. Their opponents are very strong on the counter attack, scoring first would force the visitors to change their approach.
The visitors come into this game in a negative frame of mind, losing 2 of their last 3 league games and sitting well outside playoff places. Away form has been poor in recent weeks, Montreal have failed to win any of their last 4 road trips and face an opponent in strong form. Despite beating the hosts earlier in the season, Montreal face a much stronger test in this match. Expect Montreal to use a 4-2-3-1 formation and rely on counter attacks to give problems to the opposition. Without the ball Montreal will form a 4-5-1 shape, leaving the lone striker isolated. The visitors would gladly take a point from this match, unlikely to take many risks if the game is level in late stages. The first goal will be key, Montreal would need to take risks if trailing.
Verdict & Prediction
New York RB have seen the mood transform in recent weeks, winning 3 straight games and 4 of their last 5 league matches. They are now well positioned in the play-off places and this has eased the pressure on coach Marsch. Players determined to extend unbeaten run. They will be seeking revenge after losing to their opponents earlier in the season. New York RB are playing much better now, whilst the atmosphere at home games has improved from the fans. The hosts are more relaxed on the pitch and have managed to score more goals recently. New York RB will be expecting all 3 points, with their form very strong of late. Anything less than a win would be viewed as a disappointment, halting the momentum that has been built. The players are feeling more confident at Red Bull Arena, fans are now behind the team after a slow start.
Prediction: New York Red Bulls -1.00 Asian Handicap
Odds: 1.97 Pinnacle
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