Tight Game Between Evenly Matched Teams?
The New York Red Bulls and Cincinnati finished fourth and fifth in the 2022 MLS Eastern Conference. The pair will now lock horns in the first round of the playoffs.
New York are the favorites to get the win on home turf, but Cincinnati will be no pushovers. Read on for the best soccer odds and bet online now.
Will New York Red Bulls Get the Job Done?
The New York Red Bulls booked their place in the playoffs after finishing in the fourth position in the Eastern Conference. Overall, the Red Bulls picked up 15 wins from 34 games, drawing eight and losing 11 of the other 19.
Gerhard Struber’s troops were in poor form going into the final weekend of the campaign, losing three of four. However, they warmed up for the playoffs with a 2-0 home victory over Charlotte, with Elias Manoel scoring both goals.
New York have made themselves tougher to beat at home in recent weeks, losing just one of their last five at Red Bull Arena. They have won three of four on their own patch, seeing off New England Revolution and Charlotte in the last two.
With this playoff tie taking place on their own patch, Metro will fancy their chances of progressing. The winners of this one will face Eastern Conference champions Philadelphia Union in the Conference semifinals.
Can Cincinnati Cause an Upset in New Jersey?
Pat Noonan’s Cincinnati are in the MLS playoffs after amassing a respectable 49 points from 34 league games. The Ohio outfit picked up 12 wins, suffered nine losses, and drew 13 times. They finished four points behind Sunday’s opponents.
Cincinnati have been incredibly hard to beat since May, with just Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire getting the better of them during that time. After a 3-2 home reverse to Chicago in their penultimate game of the regular season, the Orange and Blue bounced back with an emphatic 5-2 victory at DC United on the final day.
Cincinnati are unbeaten in their six away games since losing in Columbus in July. They have gone on to win two and draw four, collecting seven points from the last three. Before the win in Washington, D.C., they beat Real Salt Lake and drew with Seattle Sounders on the road.
On their day, Noonan’s Lions can beat anyone in America’s top tier, and the Ohio club will fancy their chances of leaving New Jersey with a win. Read on for our soccer picks for this intriguing playoff clash.
New York Red Bulls vs FC Cincinnati Head-to-Head
Both matches between New York Red Bulls and Cincinnati this season finished all square. The teams played out a 1-1 stalemate at TQL Stadium back in July. They then drew 1-1 again in New Jersey in August.
Three of the past four meetings have ended in draws, while New York picked up a narrow 1-0 win in Ohio when they clashed in October 2021.
Red Bulls vs Cincinnati Game Information
- Game: Red Bulls vs Cincinnati
- Location: Red Bull Arena
- Day/Time: Sunday, Oct. 16, 12:00 p.m. ET
- Red Bulls vs Cincinnati Live stream: fubo.tv
Red Bulls vs Cincinnati Betting Lines
Red Bulls vs Cincinnati Prediction
The New York Red Bulls have improved on home soil of late and are the bookies’ favorites to win this one. However, Cincinnati, who are a tough team to beat these days, will not go down without a fight in New Jersey.
As mentioned, both matches in the regular season ended in 1-1 draws, and this will no doubt be another tight and tense fixture. However, we fancy the hosts to claim a narrow victory on home turf.