Ronny Deila’s New York City FC won their first MLS title in 2021, and have been one of the best sides in the 2022 season. The Pigeons are comfortably nestled 4th in the table, have only lost once at home all season, and have been a solid pick in most MLS Cup winner odds over the course of the campaign. However, things might be about to get a bit more testing for New York City in the coming weeks, with both Deila and talisman Valentín Castellanos departing the club midseason. Check out SinkorSwimSports as we preview New York City vs Charlotte, with all the latest MLS betting tips and picks you need to be following on matchday!
When And Where Is New York City vs Charlotte?
Date: Thursday 18 August 2022
Location: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey
Start Time: 20:00 EDT
Where To Watch: MLS LIVE on ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN, WAXN
New York City FC Preview – Who Will Step Up For NYC?
It’s been two months since Ronny Deila departed New York City in favor of Belgian outfit Standard Liège, and there are signs that the club are just beginning to soldier through the remainder of the season. Having gone unbeaten in Deila’s final eight matches, since the Norwegian departed the club, New York have lost twice, drawn four, and won four.
Not disastrous form by any means, but far from the imperious-looking stuff the club were serving up in Deila’s final days.
On top of that, the team have also lost the services of Valentín Castellanos, undoubtedly one of the most exciting talents the MLS has ever witnessed. The 2021 MLS Golden Boot winner hit 22 goals last season and 13 more this campaign before his loan move to Girona was announced on 25 July.
After Castellanos, Brazilian duo Héber and Talles Magno are leading New York’s goalscoring figures with 6 apiece. The latter of these has been impressive in just his second MLS season, with the 20-year-old registering 6 assists as well as 6 goals so far.
Interim head coach Nick Cushing has promised to continue the same formula installed by Deila, however, the loss of Castellanos is sure to leave a big hole that another talisman is going to step into the gap left behind.
Charlotte FC Preview – Is The Playoff Dream Over?
Charlotte FC made the big bold leap into the world of Major League Soccer just this season, and have had a mixed bag of fortunes over the course of their maiden campaign.
It’s always tricky for an expansion side to come in and compete in North America’s top division, but there have been big wins the team have registered in their hunt for the playoffs this season. The Crown set the record for the highest MLS attendance in their opening fixture against LA Galaxy, and have beaten the likes of Atlanta United, New York Red Bulls, and 2021 Supporters’ Shield winners New England Revolution.
However, the team have only drawn two games all season, resulting in a hemorrhage of thirteen losses in total. Their latest L against LAFC, by a hefty 5-0, saw the gap between Charlotte and the playoff positions rise to four places and four points.
Finally, it’s been the team’s away record that has been the biggest drain on their playoff push so far, only winning twice in twelve attempts so far.
New York City vs Charlotte Predictions, Betting Tips And Odds
The combination of New York’s solid form this season and Charlotte’s abysmal form on the road has left our MLS odds looking pretty lopsided heading into this Thursday’s fixture. New York City FC have been priced as favorites at , with a draw behind at and an away Charlotte win at .
Last weekend saw 5+ goals scored in seven matches, smashing the MLS record set just the week previous. Clearly, finding the net is in fashion for the division’s teams right now. You can get odds on both teams to score at for ‘Yes’ and for ‘No’.
We think New York City FC are going to have a bit too much in the tank for Charlotte on this occasion, and the bet builder we’re looking to back is New York City FC to win and Charlotte FC not to score, which is currently available to back at .
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