LA Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls – MLS, April 25, 2021
Javier Hernandez stole the headlines as the Galaxy kicked off the Greg Vanney era with a 3-2 victory over Inter Miami last weekend. Next up, the Red Bulls visit Carson on Sunday, April 25.
Gerhard Struber’s men suffered a 2-1 loss to Sporting KC in their season-opener, despite the best efforts of starlet Caden Clark. Can the Red Bulls pick up their first win of the 2021 campaign this weekend?
You can find my prediction for LA Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls below. But before we get to that, let’s check out the odds for Sunday’s showdown.
LA Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls Odds
10bet views the Galaxy as the favorite to win this one, leaving the Red Bulls as outsiders. Having said that, both the home and away win odds are above 2.00 here, meaning this is set to be a close game.
These two sides didn’t face each other last year, although it is worth noting that the Red Bulls have only lost one of their previous five meetings with the Galaxy, recording two wins and two draws in that time.
Previewing the Match
As expected, the Galaxy controlled large spells of last weekend’s match against Inter Miami. But for all their possession, Vanney’s men created very few goalscoring opportunities.
The Galaxy trailed 1-0 at half-time and found themselves 2-1 down with less than a quarter of the game remaining. But following a quick-fire Chicarito brace, Sacha Kljestan netted the winning goal – handing Vanney a perfect start to his reign.
Chicarito came in for plenty of criticism last year, having only managed to score two goals during his maiden MLS campaign. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star has already equaled last term’s tally.
Sebastian Lletget also got in on the action last weekend, notching an assist. The midfielder bagged six goals and three assists last season – and I expect him to enjoy another successful campaign in 2021.
The Galaxy has only beaten the Red Bulls once since 2014, picking up a 3-1 victory back in 2017. It goes without saying that Vanney will be eager for his players to improve their recent record against Sunday’s opponent.
Caden Clark is built different. pic.twitter.com/6vQek6RfJu— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) April 18, 2021
On the flip side, the Red Bulls head into Sunday’s clash on the back of two consecutive 3-2 victories over the Galaxy, although a lot has changed since 2019.
On the opening weekend, Caden Clark picked up where he left off last year. Having netted three goals in an eye-catching breakout season, the 17-year-old prodigy volleyed his side into the lead against Sporting KC.
However, the Red Bulls failed to hold onto their lead. SKC ended up scoring twice in two minutes – and Struber’s side failed to respond.
If the Red Bulls want to challenge for a top-seven finish this season, they will need to be far more clinical in front goal. Struber’s men chalked up 12 shots against the Wizards, yet they only recorded three attempts on target.
Brazilian loanee Fabio led the line in a 4-2-3-1 formation last time out before substitute Tom Barlow joined him in the attack. Struber will be relying on those two for goals this term.
My Galaxy vs. Red Bulls Betting Pick
I really can’t find much to separate these two sides at the moment, so I’m going with the draw for my LA Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls pick.
The Red Bulls may have picked up a series of positive results against the Galaxy in recent years, but I expect this meeting to be a tight affair.
Given that both teams are still adapting to new coaches and fresh ideas, backing the tasty price for the draw makes perfect sense to me.