Major League Soccer

Nashville SC vs New York Red Bulls: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Patrick Felts
New York Red Bulls must maintain a positive result to qualify for the 2021 playoffs
New York Red Bulls must maintain a positive result to qualify for the 2021 playoffs / Ira L. Black - Corbis/GettyImages

Decision Day is looming in MLS as teams look to claim the final spots of the 2021 Playoffs. While Nashville SC have their playoff spot locked up, the New York Red Bulls still have work to do to secure a place.

A win or draw will send the Red Bulls back to the postseason for a 12th straight season. For Nashville, the game is a chance to move up to second in the Eastern Conference and gain playoff advantages.

Here’s what you need to know about the match...

What TV channel is Nashville SC vs New York Red Bulls on?

When is kick off? Sunday, November 7th, 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Where is the match being played? Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

What TV channel is it on? ESPN

What live stream is it on? Youtube, MLS live

Nashville SC team news

Dax Mccarty
Nashville SC walk onto the pitch to face Austin FC / Brett Carlsen/GettyImages

Nashville SC currently sit in third place on the Eastern Conference table, tied in points with second-place side Philadelphia Union at 53. While the club is 20 points back of first place New England Revolution, the team can still move up in the standings.

Nashville’s Hany Mukhtar is aiming for the MLS MVP as the season winds to a close. 

“If I’m not mistaken, the criteria for an MVP is somebody who not only scores goals, but can be maybe encapsulated as the talisman for their group, somebody that leads that group,” said head coach Chris Smith. “I think he’s shown as many qualities or more than anyone this year who’s in form. There are some guys that have not played the whole season but are in very, very good teams.

New York Red Bulls team news

Gerhard Struber
NYRB head coach Gerhard Struber expects a lot from his side / Ira L. Black - Corbis/GettyImages

The Red Bulls control their fate on Decision Day this year.

New York Red Bulls have had a strong stretch this fall, with just one loss since September 17th. Now, they sit in seventh place on the Eastern Conference table with the possibility to clinch a playoff spot should they earn a win or draw in Tennessee this weekend. 

A loss would not eliminate RBNY, but it would make things much more difficult. It would require either a loss or draw for CF Montreal against Orlando City, D.C. United to lose or tie with Toronto FC and to keep a larger goal differential than Columbus Crew. The Red Bulls currently have a +6 goal differential to the Crew’s -1.

Predicted lineups

Nashville: Willis; Romney, Zimmerman, Maher, Lovitz, Godoy; Leal, Anunga, Johnston; Mukhtar, Sapong

New York Red Bulls: Coronel; Nealis, Reyes, Edwards, Gutman; Yearwood, Davis, Duncan, Clark; Casseres, Fabio

Nashville SC vs New York Red Bulls head to head record

Nashville SC and New York Red Bulls have only met once before, with the Red Bulls winning 2-0 at Red Bull Arena on June 18th, 2021. Fabio and Kyle Duncan scored for New York in the match in the team’s first competition after nearly a month off due to the international break.

Nashville SC vs New York Red Bulls score prediction

Nashville SC have a pension for draws, and for New York Red Bulls, that is all that they need. Just one point for RBNY is enough to clinch a playoff spot without worrying about the results of other teams. The Red Bulls have been red hot down the stretch of the season, and in their most important match of the season, the team needs to keep that momentum going in order to keep their 11-year playoff streak alive. It will require an all-out effort to secure points against a strong Nashville side.

Prediction: Nashville SC 1-1 New York Red Bulls