Orlando City are hoping to win again after their last result, the 3-1 MLS victory against New York Red Bulls.
In that match, Orlando City had 53% possession and 8 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. For Orlando City, the scorers were Dike (24'), Urso (50') and Carlos (90'). New York Red Bulls got 11 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Valot (54') scored for New York Red Bulls.
It has been a rare occasion in recent times that Orlando City have kept a clean sheet. The reality is that The Lions have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, giving up 5 goals on the way. Historical results aside, we must now wait to see if that trend shall be replicated in this match or not.
Since a losing effort in their last game against Montreal Impact in MLS action, Columbus Crew and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that match, Columbus Crew had 58% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 5 on target. The only player to score for Columbus Crew was Zardes (45'). Montreal Impact had 8 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Lappalainen (24') and Krkić (74') scored for Montreal Impact.
The numbers tell their own story, and Columbus Crew have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 9 goals overall. At the back, The Crew have seen their frailties exposed.
Head to head
Inspecting their prior head-to-head clashes going back to 19/08/2017 tells us that Orlando City have won 3 of these games & Columbus Crew 2, with the tally of draws standing at 1.
In all, 14 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 8 for The Lions and 6 coming from The Crew. That’s an average goals per game of 2.33.
Team News: Orlando City
Dom Dwyer (Knee Surgery) and João Moutinho (Groin Injury) won’t be playing for Orlando C gaffer Óscar Pareja.
Team News: Columbus Crew
Columbus boss Caleb Porter has some current player fitness concerns. Darlington Nagbe (Meniscal Injury) and Vito Wormgoor (Ankle Surgery) will miss out on this game.
We’re thinking that Columbus Crew will need things to go their way to score against this Orlando City side who we think will gain the upper hand.
That’s why our selection here is for a hard-fought 1-0 winning score for Orlando City at the end of the 90 minutes.
Let’s see what happens.
What are the top odds for the game?
Looking at what the bookmakers’ view is of this game in the 90 minute result market, backing Orlando City is best priced at 2.264, a bet on a drawn result is 3.64 and putting your money on a victory for Columbus Crew can be had at 3. These are the top returns on offer right now.