New York Red Bulls - Columbus Crew Betting Preview: Patience the key to victory for in-form hosts

Mike Petke's side are in a rich vein of form and will look to claim another victory against Robert Warzycha's men but Willie Duncan believes that the hosts will need to be patient
New York Red Bulls sit proudly atop the MLS Eastern conference after winning five of their last six league matches and Mike Petke's side will look to extend that run of fine form when they welcome Columbus Crew to Red Bull Arena on Sunday night.

The home side have a three point lead at the top of the table and they are rated as a warm favourites at 7/10 (1.70) with Bet365 to, at least, maintain that cushion by claiming victory over Columbus.

The visitors have won just two of their last seven matches but enjoyed a narrow 1-0 triumph over Toronto last time out and Robert Warzycha’s men are chalked up at 4/1 (5.0) with Bet365 to shock the league leaders. The draw is available at 13/5 (3.60) with the same firm.

Those keen to follow the match can watch it via live streaming on the Bet365 website. As a further enticement to customers, Bet365 will refund all correct score, half-time/full-time or scorecast bets placed before kick-off on Sunday evening.

Thierry Henry has been in fine form for New York thus far this term, scoring five goals in 12 appearances for his side, but an interesting statistic suggests that fans of both sides may need to be patient in their pursuit of goals this weekend.

It is worth noting that just three of New York's nine home goals this season have come in the first half while Columbus have notched just two of their eight away goals in the opening period of matches this term.

With that in mind, the generous 21/20 (2.05) quote from Bet365 for most goals to come in the second half looks to represent outstanding value and should be snapped up accordingly by punters while the 100/30 (4.33) quote from the same firm for the match to be level at half-time with New York leading at full-time also appeals.

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More goals in the second half at 21/20 (2.05) with Bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter