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Preview: New York City FC vs. Nashville SC - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between New York City FC and Nashville SC, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

New York City FC welcome fellow playoff hopefuls Nashville SC to the Yankee Stadium on Sunday aiming to avoid a third defeat on the bounce.

Meanwhile, the away side will be looking to return to winning ways off the back of consecutive stalemates in their most recent two outings.


Match preview

New York City FC head coach Ronny Deila on May 15, 2021© Reuters

New York City FC were beaten for the second time in four days on Thursday when they fell to a 2-0 defeat against Chicago Fire at the Soldier Field.

Following a goalless opening 45 minutes, second-half strikes from Robert Beric and Federico Navarro put Ronny Deila's men to the sword.

Having picked up just one point from their last three matches, the Boys in Blue have slipped down into fourth position in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Bronx-based club now prepare for what is only their second-ever meeting with Nashville since the latter's entry into the MLS last year.

Sunday's hosts suffered a 3-1 defeat in the only previous encounter between the teams last month and will be keen to exact revenge this time around.

Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith directs his team against the Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on 15 May, 2021© Reuters

Returning to their own turf for the first time in five matches, Nashville had to settle for a point as they played out a 2-2 draw against Orlando City.

Gary Smith's men led by two heading into the hour mark courtesy of goals from Hany Mukhtar and Randall Leal, but they were pegged back in the final 15 minutes thanks to a Daryl Dike strike and an own goal from Tah Anunga.

Nashville remain second in the Eastern Conference but have fallen further behind current leaders New England Revolution who currently possess a 19-point cushion at the top.

Sunday's visitors have amassed just 15 of their 46 points this term away from home which is an area that needs fixing as the season enters into its point.

New York City FC Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • L

Nashville SC Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • D



Team News

Nashville SC midfielder Hany Mukhtar reacts after scoring a goal on May 29, 2021© Reuters

Hany Mukhtar scored a brace in September's clash between this weekend's opponents, and the German forward will be looking to deliver the goods once again.

Mukhtar is likely to be joined in attack by Charles Sapong despite the 32-year-old forward only finding the back of the net in one of his last six outings.

Ronny Deila has seen his side fail to score in each of their last two matches and might contemplate making some changes at the top end of the pitch.

Deila could turn to the likes of Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and Thiago Andrade as he seeks to help his team rediscover their touch in front of goal

New York City FC possible starting lineup:
Johnson; Thorarinsson, Callens, Chanot, Tinnerholm; Morales, Acevedo, Moralez; Medina, Magno, Tajouri-Shradi

Nashville SC possible starting lineup:
Willis; Romney, Zimmerman, Maher; Lovitz, Leal, McCarty, Godoy, Johnston; Sapong, Mukhtar


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We say: New York City FC 2-1 Nashville SC

The home side have struggled to score of late and the visitors will be keen on capitalising on their hosts' toothlessness at the attacking end of the field. However, we fancy New York City to emerge triumphant in what should be a fascinating encounter.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England32217464402470
2Nashville SCNashville311116447281949
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia311310843321149
4Orlando City31121184544147
5New York City FCNY City311281151341744
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta30111094034643
7New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls30127113731643
8CF MontrealMontreal311110104441343
9DC United31125145150141
10Columbus Crew31108133842-438
11Inter MiamiInter Miami31115153348-1538
12Chicago Fire3297163651-1534
13Toronto3168173560-2526
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3148193364-3120

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England32217464402470
2Nashville SCNashville311116447281949
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia311310843321149
4Orlando City31121184544147
5New York City FCNY City311281151341744
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta30111094034643
7New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls30127113731643
8CF MontrealMontreal311110104441343
9DC United31125145150141
10Columbus Crew31108133842-438
11Inter MiamiInter Miami31115153348-1538
12Chicago Fire3297163651-1534
13Toronto3168173560-2526
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3148193364-3120

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