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Wednesday’s MLS action sees D.C. United vs New York City FC.
Our D.C. United v New York City FC tips, poll and stats can be seen in full below (including the best match odds).
D.C. United enter this game following a 2-2 MLS draw against Inter Miami.
In that match, D.C. United managed 42% possession and 9 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. For D.C. United, the goals were scored by Taxiarchis Fountas (45') and Ola Kamara (74'). On the other side, Inter Miami had 10 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. Leonardo Campana (31') and Damion Lowe (45') scored for Inter Miami.
A common theme in more recent D.C. United games is seeing a zero in the scoreline.
Taking their prior sextet of clashes before this one, in as many as 5 of them a bet on "Both Teams to Score" would've been a losing one. However, we will just have to wait and see whether the trend might persist here in this game.
New York City FC
New York City FC go into this game following a 2-0 MLS win against Columbus Crew in their previous fixture.
In that game, New York City FC had 53% possession and 21 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. For New York City FC, the goalscorers were Talles Magno (9') and Valentín Castellanos (57'). Columbus Crew had 9 shots at goal with 0 on target.
With their forward play coming to the fore of late, New York City FC have helped themselves to a surfeit of goals over their last 6 games (19 in all). That’s given them an ominous mean average of 3.17 goals scored per match during this time.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head-to-head clashes dating back to 21/04/2019 shows that D.C. United have won 1 of these games and New York City FC 4, with the number of drawn games standing at 1.
A combined sum of 19 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 4 from Black-and-Red and 15 belonging to The Pigeons. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.17.
The previous league meeting between these sides was MLS match day 41 on 23/10/2021 when it ended New York City FC 6-0 D.C. United.
In that match, New York City FC managed 64% possession and 21 attempts on goal with 15 of them on target. The goalscorers were Thiago Andrade (1'), Valentín Castellanos (7', 11'), Maximiliano Moralez (44'), Alexander Callens (52') and Jesús Medina (74').
D.C. United had 8 shots on goal with 3 on target.
The referee was Joe Dickerson.
Team News: D.C. United
The D.C. United manager Hernán Losada will be grateful to have no fitness worries to speak of coming into this clash with a fully injury-free squad ready to go.
It’s our opinion that Black-and-Red may well line up in a 3-4-2-1 system, beginning the first half with Rafael Romo, Donovan Pines, Steven Birnbaum, Brendan Hines-Ike, Tony Alfaro, Sofiane Djeffal, Russell Canouse, Brad Smith, Edison Flores, Griffin Yow and Ola Kamara.
Team News: New York City FC
Thanks to a largely healthy group of players, there is just the sole fitness problem for the New York City FC manager Ronny Deila to contend with. Anton Tinnerholm (Achilles tendon rupture) won’t be in action.
We are inclined to think that The Pigeons will likely begin the game with a 4-2-3-1 lineup, giving starts to Sean Johnson, Nicolas Acevedo, Thiago Martins, Alexander Callens, Chris Gloster, Keaton Parks, Alfredo Morales, Thiago, Santiago Rodriguez, Talles Magno and Valentin Castellanos.
Here is a game where D.C. United could find themselves struggling to score goals against this New York City FC outfit who we reckon will manage to score & go ahead.
We’re therefore anticipating a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 victory for New York City FC at the end of this game.
We’re expecting it to be that close.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Audi Field (20,000)
Captain: Steve Birnbaum
Chairman: Jason Levien & Stephen Kaplan
Manager: Hernán Losada
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Eastern Conference)