New York and New England have been big-time rivals for years. Revolution vs Red Bulls headline MLS action on Saturday night with the Red Bulls as solid betting favorites in the latest MLS odds. Let’s find out which team is offering the best value while making some betting predictions.
Revolution vs Red Bulls Game Info, MLS Odds & Pick – July 21st
The Red Bulls are third in the MLS Eastern Conference with 35 points and come off a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. Marc Rzatkowski scored the tying and tie-breaking goals in a span of seven minutes in the second half as New York rallied. Rzatkowski scored his first two MLS goals in spectacular fashion in the 72nd and 79th minute after entering the game in the 60th minute for Alejandro Romero Gamarra.
New York scored at least three goals for the sixth time in nine home games and helped new manager Chris Armas get his first career win as a coach after taking over last week for Jesse Marsch. The most productive night of Rzatkowski’s 10-game career helped the Red Bulls improve to 7-1-1 at home this season.
Rzatkowski was named to MLS Team of the Week. He is the third Red Bulls player to tally a brace in 2018. Rzatkowski became the 12th different Red Bulls player to tally at least one league goal this season, surpassing last year’s total of 11.
Bradley Wright-Phillips had the other goal vs. Sporting KC. He may have turned 33 this year, but Wright-Phillips is having another career season. And he’s done it while the Red Bulls have been in constant turnover, losing club captains Thierry Henry, Dax McCarty, and Sacha Kljestan since 2014. Wright-Philips has scored 98 goals and 21 assists in 157 games for New York overall.
Sean Davis produced a skillful assist on Rzatkowski’s 79th-minute goal. In a midfield featuring talents such as Paraguayan international Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra and US men’s national team wunderkind Tyler Adams, it is easy to overlook Davis. He has been a quiet presence among this group, rarely putting up gaudy statistics or drawing heady praise for his play. Davis’ role is to play just above the Red Bulls backline, clear things up and carry the ball forward.
“He’s very good at cutting off passing lanes, being on top of the play,” Red Bulls defender Tim Parker said. “When we’re able to win the ball, he’s very good at playing it forward. Not only does he cover ground, I think he makes more plays. When we’re in trouble sometimes, we can rely on him to help us put things us out.”
Why Bet on New England?
The Revolution is at a bit of a disadvantage here as they played Wednesday night vs. Minnesota in the US Open Cup. On the bright side, it was a chance to quickly forget about last Saturday’s game when two stoppage-time goals gave the LA Galaxy an unlikely 3-2 victory over the host Revolution.
For 90-plus minutes the Revolution did almost everything right; despite playing with 10 men for most of the match following the 23rd-minute ejection of Cristian Penilla. Luis Caicedo and Juan Agudelo were particularly immense for the Revs, the former assisting on Diego Fagundez’s opening goal before adding his first MLS goal later in the opening half, and the latter impressing in his first start since early May.
Revolution head coach Brad Friedel used the terms “heartbreaking” and “sickening” to describe the defeat. The loss snapped the Revs’ seven-game unbeaten run as they closed out their three-game homestand with a record of 1-1-1, but now as they head on the road for five of their next six and 10 of their last 15, they’ll be buoyed by the fact that they’ve picked up results in five of their last six matches away from home.
The Revs were without three suspended players at Minnesota on Wednesday: Luis Caicedo (yellow-card accumulation), Antonio Delamea (yellow-card accumulation) and Cristian Penilla (red card) all served one-game suspensions. But, all should be back Saturday. Penilla had started all 19 games this season, Caicedo had started the last 16 since arriving in late March, and Delamea had started nine of the last 10 in central defense.
On June 2, New England beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1. Teal Bunbury assisted on an equalizer and finished on the game-winner. After the Revs gave up an early goal to New York star Bradley Wright-Phillips, New England got a goal from Fagundez one minute into first-half stoppage time, and Bunbury scored the winner off a perfect cross from Penilla in the 78th minute.