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New York City
Major League Soccer
Sep 24, 2023 at 6pm UK
Yankee Stadium
Toronto FC

NY City
3 - 0

Perea (2'), Jasson (45+4'), Fernandez (54')
Fernandez (90+2')
FT(HT: 2-0)

O'Neill (30')

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

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

New York City FC will be looking to pick up successive wins for the first time since April when they play host to Toronto at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.

The Reds, who are currently rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference table, have failed to win any of their 19 away matches since August 2022 and will head into the weekend seeking to end this dire run.

Match preview

New York City FC midfielder Gabriel Pereira (11) celebrates his goal on May 28, 2023© Reuters

New York City continue their push for post-season football as they picked up a deserved 2-0 victory over Orlando City when the sides squared off at Citi Field on Wednesday night.

Monsef Bakrar continued his fine form in front of goal as opened the scoring in the 37th minute before Brazilian youngster Talles Magno made sure of the result with a 68th-minute strike.

New York City have now gone four consecutive games without defeat, picking up two wins and two draws while keeping three clean sheets since losing three straight games at the start of August.

This fine run of form has seen Nicholas Cushing's men rise to 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings, two points behind ninth-placed DC United in the second and final playoff qualifier spot.

Toronto FC forward Deandre Kerr (29) celebrates a goal with his teammates on September 17, 2023© Reuters

Toronto, on the other hand, were left empty handed once again as they suffered a 4-0 thrashing against Inter Miami at the DRV PNK Stadium earlier this week.

Despite losing Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba to first-half injuries, the Herons turned in a superb team display, with goals coming from Facundo Farias, Benjamin Cremaschi and a brace from Robert Taylor.

With that result, Toronto have now lost 12 of their last 13 matches across all competitions, with a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia Union on August 31 being the exception.

This poor run saw Terry Dunfield's men crash out of the 2023 Leagues Cup in the group stages following successive defeats against New York City and Mexican outfit Atlas in July.

The Reds have now lost 15 of their 29 matches while claiming 10 draws and just four wins to collect 22 points and sit rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference table.

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Team News

New York City FC head coach Nicholas Cushing looks on on June 17, 2023© Reuters

New York City FC remain without the services of 36-year-old midfielder Maximiliano Moralez, who has missed the last two matches after coming off injured against Vancouver Whitecaps on September 2.

With his opener against Orlando City, Bakrar has now scored in three of the Pigeons' last four matches and we expect the Algerian striker to spearhead the attack once again, alongside Andres Jasson and Santiago Rodriguez.

Meanwhile, Toronto head into the weekend with a lengthy injury list, with the likes of Prince Osei Owusu and Adama Diomande recuperating from leg and muscle injuries respectively.

Defender Cristian Gutierrez has been sidelined since June through a hip injury while the goalkeeping duo of Sean Johnson and Gregory Ranjitsingh have been ruled out through hand and muscle injuries respectively.

In the absence of both goalkeepers, 22-year-old Tomas Romero should retain his role between the sticks for the Red, with Kobe Franklin, Sigurd Rosted, Michael Bradley and Raoul Petretta forming the defensive line.

Victor Vazquez and his replacement Brandon Servania were forced off injured inside the first half against Inter Miami on Thursday and are out of contention for the visitors.

New York City FC possible starting lineup:
Freese; Gray, Martins, Risa, OTool; Perea, Sands, Ledezma; Jasson, Rodriguez, Bakrar

Toronto possible starting lineup:
Romero; Franklin, Rosted, Bradley, Petretta; Vazquez, Camarero, Osorio; Bernardeschi, Kerr, Insigne

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We say: New York City FC 2-0 Toronto

New York City have hit their stride in recent weeks and will be licking their lips as they take on an out-of-sorts Toronto side who have lost 12 of their last 13 matches. The Pigeons picked up an emphatic 5-0 victory when they met in the Leagues Cup back in July and we are backing them to come out on top once again.

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1Inter MiamiInter Miami1594236201631
2FC CincinnatiCincinnati149321911830
3New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls146532521423
4New York City FCNY City147251816223
6Columbus Crew135621913621
7Charlotte FCCharlotte FC146351413121
8Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia134542521417
9DC United144552024-417
10Orlando City134451520-516
11Nashville SCNashville133641720-315
12Atlanta UnitedAtlanta133461716113
13CF MontrealMontreal133371731-1412
14Chicago Fire142481326-1310
15New England RevolutionNew England12219925-167

Western Conference

1Real Salt LakeSalt Lake1484227141328
2Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd127322114724
3Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy145722521422
4Austin FCAustin146441917222
5Los Angeles FCLos Angeles136342419521
6Colorado RapidsColorado146352423121
7Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver135441915419
8Houston DynamoHouston135351213-118
9St Louis City133731920-116
10Seattle SoundersSeattle143561617-114
11Portland TimbersPortland143472629-313
13Sporting Kansas CityKansas132562124-311
14San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes1431102233-1110

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