New York RB vs Philadelphia Union Betting Tip Under 2.5 goals – 9 July 2021

Close game likely between Eastern Conference rivals

Felipe Martins / New York RB ©IMAGO / ZUMA Wire 10.05.2015

United StatesNew York RB vs Philadelphia UnionUnited States
09 July 0100hrs
Football – USA – MLS
Pick Under 2.5 goals 
Bookmaker Paddy Power 
Odds: 17/20 odds taken 2000 GMT, Tuesday 6 July


New York RB and Philadelphia Union are currently in the playoffs within the Eastern Conference and looking to strength their positions when they clash in New Jersey.


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New York RB Preview – Will Red Bulls make it five straight wins in New York?

This is Gerhard Struber’s first full season in charge of New York RB and he will be looking to improve on their performances from last season, albeit they made it to the playoffs and eventually eliminated in the quarter finals by Columbus Crew who went on to win the MLS Cup. Struber was in charge for the last six weeks of the campaign so this is essentially a fresh start for him and his players.

New York finished sixth in their conference last season and they’re currently one place worse off than that heading into this match.


Our betting prediction
1-1 Correct Score
(odds taken 2000 GMT, Tuesday 6 July)

Their record for the campaign stands as five wins and five defeats from their first 11 matches which points to an inconsistency which they will have to mend if they are to creep closer to the leadings teams in their conference. Struber will be hoping that three wins in their last five is the start of that. Struber also led his team to a first away win of the season when beating Orlando 2-1 at the weekend.

New York’s home form has been very good and they are looking for a fifth straight win in New Jersey. They’ve kept three clean sheets in their last four wins so confidence will be high they can get another three points and go level on points with their opponents.

Philadelphia Union Preview – Can last year’s Supporters’ Shield winners continue their good record against this rival?

Philadelphia won the Eastern Conference in 2020 giving them their first Supporters’ Shield but they were unable to go all the way and win their inaugural MLS Cup. Union, like their next opponents, could only manage to the quarter-final stages of the playoffs and were perhaps undone from a lack of experience competing at that stage of the season.

Jim Curtin has been in charge of the club for seven years and there’s no doubt this is his best group of players. The challenge is building on that and sustaining their place as one of the best – not only in the Eastern Conference but the MLS as a whole.


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Union are currently third in their conference, five points behind leaders New England. They lost their first game in nine last weekend when going down 1-0 against Nashville. That stretches them to three games without a win on the road following draws with Chicago Fire and Atlanta.

Philadelphia had the best defensive record in the whole of the MLS last season and although they have conceded more than they would have liked of late they are again a team built on solid foundations, conceding less than a goal a game on average.


New York RB vs Philadelphia Union Betting Advice

The home team can go level on points with their opponents with a win and they will be hopeful considering how goof they have been at home in recent weeks. Philadelphia have an excellent record against New York, though, winning six of the last seven meetings including the first clash between them this season and a comprehensive 3-0 win on their last visit to New Jersey.

New York RB’s only win against Philadelphia in the last two years was a 2-0 win here in September 2019.


Key Facts – New York RB vs Philadelphia Union Betting Tip


  • New York have won their last four home games and kept clean sheets in three of them
  • Philadelphia finished top of the Eastern Conference last season and sit third currently
  • Union have won six of the last seven meetings against New York RB


This could well be a close one. Just one of New York’s last four home games have had three or more goals scored whilst four of Phila’s six away games have went under 2.5 goals.


Best Betting Odds for New York RB vs Philadelphia Union

New York RB: 23/20 at Betfred
Draw: 23/10 at Betfred
Philadelphia Union: 11/5 at Betfred