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#GameDayEve NYRB II Edition

by Marissa Blackman

Tomorrow’s game between Wilmington Hammerheads FC and New York Red Bulls II will be a battle for eastern conference dominance.

The two clubs have both been relatively successful in their respective seasons so far. Both clubs have achieved wins in fifty percent of the matches played and have managed to keep a goals against average of less than one.

New York Red Bulls II sits in second place of the eastern conference table, and Wilmington Hammerheads FC sits in third. There are three patterns involving the two clubs that could have an influence of tomorrow’s match.

The Hammerheads have been fielding a slightly more consistent squad than NYRB II. Ten Hammerheads have appeared in all four of the clubs matches and John Smits, Bruno Perone, and Mael Corboz have played for ninety minutes every time. Six Red Bulls have played in all four matches, and Brandon Allen and Derrick Etienne have gone for ninety minutes in every match. Players tend to work better together the more they play together, so this factor certainly could prove to be an advantage for the Hammerheads.

The second trend involves the times that both teams tend to score. The Hammerheads have scored more in the first half and conceded most in the second half this season. Conversely, the Red Bulls tend to score equally in both halves and concede most in the first half. This could prove beneficial for either club. According to this pattern, the Hammerheads are likely to score in the first half and the Red Bulls are likely to allow it, but, in the second half, the Hammerheads are likely to concede when the Red Bulls are most likely to score. If this hypothetical situation actually happens, the deciding factor will rest upon which team scores the most.

In four games, NYRB II has scored eight goals, and the Hammerheads have only scored five goals in just as many games. The Red Bulls also have the Hammerheads beat as far as shots on goal 21-12.

These are two teams very capable of winning, and the upcoming game seems certain to be a goal-fest! 

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