Philadelphia Union - NY Red Bulls Betting Preview: Expect plenty of goals when two attacking teams meet

The rivals combine two of the league's most prolific forward lines with two of its leakiest defences and Al Hain-Cole expects this to result in a high-scoring encounter
MLS action resumes after a two-week hiatus, with the New York Red Bulls making the relatively short trip to PPL Park to face rivals Philadelphia Union.

Mike Petke's men go into the game four points adrift of Montreal Impact at the top of the Eastern Conference, having played two more games, and are available at 17/10 (2.70) with bet365 to maintain the pressure with a sixth consecutive win against this opposition.

Victory for The Zolos would see them draw level on points with the visitors and they are also on offer at 17/10 (2.70) to come out on top in a tight game.

With an evenly matched encounter thought to be on the cards, it may be worth considering odds of 21/10 (3.10) on the sides sharing the spoils.

The fixture brings together two of the division's best attacking outfits, with the pair both having outscored everyone but leaders Montreal so far.

While the Red Bulls' front line includes familiar faces such as Peguy Luyindula, Tim Cahill and the legendary Thierry Henry, the hosts can boast MLS top scorer Jack McInerney, meaning both sets of defences will have to be on top of their game.

This may prove too tall an order for John Hackworth's side, whose 24 goals conceded in 15 games have undone all of their good attacking play and left them with a negative goal difference to belie their lofty league position, while their opponents' tally of 19 conceded hardly inspires much more confidence.

A high-scoring game therefore seems inevitable and odds of 17/20 (1.85) are not to be missed on over 2.5 goals going in, a bet that would have paid out in four of the hosts' last five and three of the guests' last four games.

In fact, considering both teams' attacking approaches, it is well worth backing the healthy 2/1 (3.00) odds on offer for at least four goals to be scored.

Over 2.5 goals at 17/20 (1.85) with bet365
Over 3.5 goals at 2/1 (3.00) with bet365

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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.