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New York City FC v Seattle Sounders Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

June 13, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Saturday 17 June – Yankee Stadium – Major League Soccer

New York City FC host MLS Cup holders Seattle Sounders on Saturday as they each bid for a place in the post-season Playoffs. Third in the Eastern Conference the hosts will expect to beat the Western Conference’s sixth-placed Sounders.

Past Meetings

Frank Lampard opened the scoring as New York won in Seattle this time last year but it was Sounders who came out on top with a 3-1 victory when the sides met in New York in 2015, although on that occasion New York were reduced to 10 men.

Team News

Now 38, Andrea Pirlo is being used increasingly sparingly by Patrick Vieira and may not feature for New York at all especially as Yangel Herrera is back from captaining Venezuela in the final of the Under 20 Word Cup, where he was named the third best player of the tournament.

Seattle have Henry Wingo and Harry Shipp back from ankle and hip injuries as well as Aaron Kover who came off the bench in their most recent MLS game after eight months out so with players also returning from international duty the Sounders have more options than in recent games.

New York City FC v Seattle Sounders Preview and Predictions

Currently attracting substantial attention from St. Etienne, NYC boss Patrick Vieira’s reputation as a leader off the pitch as well as on it is continuing to grow. With 10 more wins than defeats at NYC Vieira has enhanced his reputation as a tactician and leader.

Form has been patchy for New York in recent weeks with two wins, two draws and two defeats. The game with Seattle is their third in a row at home and they will look to continue a recent improvement after beating Philadelphia Union last week with two late set-piece goals following a draw with New England.

Seattle have struggled for goals recently scoring just four ties in their last seven games and with New York defender Maxine Chanot the newly named Etihad Player of the Month and selected for the EA Sports FIFA Fut Team of the Weak this could be the weekend where Vieira’s team keep their first clean sheet since May 21.

Seattle have conceded 10 goals in their last three away games and while they will try to tighten up here it still looks like a home win. New York are 13/14 for the victory with Seattle 63/20 and the draw 68/25.

Recommended Bets

New York to win 2-0 at 9/1

New York will be happy to strengthen their position in the standings but will be keen to also claim an overdue clean sheet.

Half-time score of 0-0 at 12/5

Eight of the last 11 goals scored by New York at home have come in the second half so back Seattle to hold out until the break.

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