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Mike Petke's men have provided more goals at either end than any other team in the Eastern Conference and our tipster anticipates a goal-ridden game

New York Red Bulls have the chance to claim top spot in the Eastern Conference when they visit Houston Dynamo on Sunday, if only for a matter of hours.

With current leaders Montreal Impact not in action until later on in the evening, Mike Petke’s men can apply the pressure with victory at the BBVA Compass Stadium and are available at 11/5 (3.20) with Coral to take all three points.

However, la Naranja have lost just two of their last 40 league matches in front of their own fans and are clear 6/5 (2.20) favourites to claim their third home win in a row.

Three of the last four meetings between these sides have resulted in a draw at this ground, and you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on them cancelling each other out in this one.

The visitors are always one of the most entertaining away teams in the division and not just for the attacking excellence of the likes of Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill.

While no side has plundered more goals on the road than the Red Bulls, their record of 23 goals against in 14 away games is exceeded only by Colombus Crew in the Eastern Conference, which is good news for a home team with six goals to their name in their last two games in their own backyard.

With just three clean sheets in 14 away games to their name and an average of just under three goals per match on their travels, Petke’s men are sure to attract plenty of neutral interest when they visit a side who have been denied just three times in their last 34 home games.

New York simply do not understand the concept of a defensive away performance and, with both teams going all out for victory as they pursue their respective play-off and Conference title ambitions, even odds (2.00) seem very generous on over 2.5 goals going in here.

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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