Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls – MLS, May 15, 2021

By Ben Morris in MLS
| May 14, 2021 6:31 am PDT

The Red Bulls will aim to take advantage of Philadelphia’s shaky early-season form when the two sides meet at PPL Park on Saturday, May 15.

The 2020 Supporters’ Shield champions have only managed to win one of their opening five MLS games this year, although they have booked their spot in the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals.

Meanwhile, the Red Bulls have won each of their previous two matches – seeing off Chicago Fire and Toronto FC.

After looking at the odds for Saturday’s clash and analyzing the teams, I will share my Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls prediction and betting pick at the end of this post.

Philadelphia vs. Red Bulls Odds

Philadelphia Union to Win1.86
The Draw3.65
New York Red Bulls to Win3.90

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t expecting the odds gap to be smaller for this matchup.

Granted, Philly is the rightful favorite. But given that Jim Curtin’s side has failed to establish a rhythm this year, betting against the Union this weekend wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.

RBNY will be full of confidence after securing back-to-back wins, so the juicy price for the away win is bound to attract plenty of attention.

Philly Is Struggling for Consistency in 2021

We shouldn’t forget that Philadelphia has already played four testing games in the CCL this year. Nevertheless, the reigning Supporters’ Shield champs will be disappointed to have only taken five points from a possible 15 in MLS.

Curtin’s men failed to win any of their opening three league matches this season, suffering losses to Inter Miami and New York City during that period.

Goals from Cory Burke and Jakob Glesnes handed the U their first league victory of the campaign in Week 4. Despite seeing just 39% of the ball, Philly beat Chicago Fire 2-0.

When Teal Bunbury scored an 85th-minute goal for New England in midweek, Curtin’s men must have thought they had lost again. However, Kacper Przybylko equalized three minutes later to rescue a point for his side.

Przybylko has netted five goals in four CCL appearances this year, yet he has only managed to score once in five MLS outings. Needless to say, Philly will be desperate for the Polish striker to carry his continental form onto the domestic stage.

Will the Red Bulls Seal Three Straight Wins?

Alarm bells were ringing when the Red Bulls suffered back-to-back losses in the opening two weeks of the new campaign. Following a 2-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City, the LA Galaxy beat RBNY 3-2.

Fortunately, Gerhard Struber’s men have turned things around pretty quickly.

Cristian Casseres and Caden Clark both scored their second goals of the season in a 2-0 victory over Chicago in Week 3. Clark then bagged his third goal in four games as the Red Bulls beat Toronto by the same scoreline last weekend.

In fairness, RBNY brushed aside Toronto with ease. Not only did Struber’s men dominate possession and control the game, but they also racked up 11 shots while limiting TFC to just a single attempt on target.

With Frankie Amaya opening his account last time out, the future looks bright for the Red Bulls’ young stars.

My Union vs. Red Bulls Prediction and Pick

  • The Draw

While it could be difficult for the Red Bulls to secure all three points at PPL Park, they are more than capable of snatching a draw. Following an iffy start to the season, Struber’s men have upped their game in recent weeks.

Curtin’s men may have won just one of their five MLS games this year, but they head into Saturday’s clash on a two-match unbeaten streak. With that in mind, I can see the Union frustrating RBNY this weekend.