NY Red Bulls - Real Salt Lake Betting Preview: Goals expected when high-flyers go head-to-head

Both sides have been in free-scoring form thus far this term and Willie Duncan expects the goals to flow when they meet at Red Bull Arena in Sunday's big Major League Soccer clash
New York Red Bulls play host to Real Salt Lake in what promises to be a thrilling clash at Red Bull Arena on Sunday.

Mike Petke’s hosts are just four points adrift of eastern division leaders Sporting Kansas City and will be looking to pick up all three points when they face Jason Kreis’ side.

New York are chalked up as 21/20 (2.05) favourites with BetVictor to win this weekend but there is little doubt that they will face stiff opposition in the shape of western conference leaders Real Salt Lake.

Jason Kreis’ men suffered a setback last weekend when they were defeated by Sporting KC but that was their first defeat in 12 matches in all competitions and the visitors will be eager to bounce back here.

Real Salt Lake are rated as a 14/5 (3.80) chance with BetVictor to win at Red Bull Arena while the same firm offer a tempting 12/5 (3.40) that the match ends in stalemate.

Real Salt Lake have scored an impressive 33 goals in their 21 league fixtures thus far this term while New York have managed 29 goals in 21 eastern conference matches so punters can anticipate a high-scoring contest this weekend.

Petke’s men have scored in each of their last nine fixtures on home soil while Salt Lake have scored at least once in 17 of their last 18 matches in all competitions so the 4/5 (1.80) quote from BetVictor for both teams to score certainly appears to represent good value.

New York’s 21 league fixtures have produced 53 goals thus far this term, with 32 of those goals coming in the second half. Real Salt Lake’s 21 league fixtures have also seen 53 goals scored and, astonishingly, 32 of the goals also came after the break in those games so the second half may well provide most of the goalmouth action.

With that in mind, BetVictor’s 11/10 (2.10) quote for most goals to be scored in the second half is certainly worthy of consideration.

BetVictor also offer a hugely appealing even money (2.0) quote that at least three goals are scored when these two sides go head-to-head and, given the array of attacking options available to both coaches, it is this bet that is the recommended play here.

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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