NYCFC vs Nashville SC preview: How to watch, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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NYCFC host Nashville SC at Red Bull Arena early Sunday afternoon as the battle for the playoffs continues.

The Boys In Blue have slipped to sixth in the Eastern Conference following a 2-0 defeat in Chicago on Wednesday night while Nashville remain second after a 2-2 draw with Orlando City.

Team news

NYCFC have no injured players with the only news being the return of their two best players, Valentin Castellanos and James Sands from suspension. 

Nashville also has no players missing and will have a full squad to choose from.

Predicted lineups

NYCFC: Johnson; Amundsen, Chanot, Callens, Tinnerholm; Acevedo, Sands; Medina, Moralez, Thiago Andrade; Castellanos

Nashville SC: Willis; Zimmerman, Romney, Maher; Lovitz, McCoy, Anunga, Godoy, Johnston; Sapong, Rios

Ones to watch

Valentin Castellanos (NYCFC)

While the Boys In Blue have many offensive weapons, Castellanos is their biggest and his absence was felt in the loss to Chicago. Having him back in the lineup not only restores the club's most attacking offensive player, but makes  

Hany Mukhtar (Nashville SC)

The German is the biggest reason why Nashville have been at the top of the Eastern Conference for nearly the entire season as he picked up his 13th goal against Orlando City and has added nine assists, making him responsible for 22 of their 46 goals via a goal or an assist.

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Previous meetings

This is just the second time NYCFC and Nashville have ever met with Nashville coming out 3-1 winners one month ago at Nissan Stadium.

A brace from Mukhtar and an own goal by Vuk Latinovich were enough to give thre hosts all three points. Castellanos grabbed a consolation for the Boys In Blue in the 90th minute.

Each team was reduced to ten men at the end of the first half. Dax McCarty was sent off for Nashville in the 44th minute while Maxi Moralez saw red a minute later for NYCFC.

How to watch

ESPN+ will have national streaming coverage of the match. The YES Network will have television coverage in New York and CW58 in Nashville. 

There will also be a local stream in the Nashville area at NashvilleSC.com/stream. Kick-off is set for 12pm.

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