Mike Petke’s New York Red Bulls are in the hunt in the MLS Eastern Conference and will look to make a stand this Wednesday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. against Dominic Kinnear’s struggling Houston Dynamo. New York are coming off a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union, while the Dynamo drew scoreless with Philly on the road.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by MLS LIVE. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for this Wednesday night’s match between the New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo.
1. At least four goals this game
There will be plenty of goalscoring on Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena. We’re talking at least four goals in this contest. Come out to the match, Red Bulls fans! You won’t be disappointed. At least, the Plex says so.
2. Thierry Henry with a brace
You know the name, you know the number, you know the magic. Even though Thierry Henry has just two goals this season, it’s still early, and he will add to his total. Watch for Henry to earn a brace.
3. At least five saves from Luis Robles
New York goalkeeper Luis Robles will be facing a desperate bunch of orange-clad footballers from Texas. At least, that’s where the team is based out of. Robles will be clutch, with at least five saves.
4. Bradley Wright-Phillips will score
The younger brother of Shawn Wright-Phillips, Bradley Wright-Phillips nearly scored against the Union but the goal was taken away. This time, he will find the net, and it will count.
5. No goals for Lloyd Sam
Even though Lloyd Sam was the hero last week against Philly, he will take a back seat to someone else, perhaps Henry. There will be no goals for Sam this match.
6. At least two assists from Eric Alexander
Red Bulls midfielder Eric Alexander was the MLS Multiplex’s Man of the Match last week for his efforts against the Union. He’s going to deliver once again with two more assists, furthering his role as the team’s primary provider.
7. Tally Hall with under five saves
As for Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall, it will be another tough go on the road. Look for Hall to make under five saves in this match.
8. Oscar Boniek Garcia will score for Houston
The lone goal for Houston will come from Oscar Boniek Garcia. He only has one goal this season so far for the Dynamo, but when he gets into open space and scores, watch out.
9. At least 30 fouls and four cards
This is a battle between two Beasts from the Easts, and the fouls and cards will be coming. The MLS Multiplex calls for at least 30 fouls and four cards of any color.
10. New York to win
The defending Supporters Shield champions have some work to do, but they will take the next step forward in getting it done. The Red Bulls have this one in the bag.
New York Red Bulls 3, Houston Dynamo 1