Things haven’t been that great for either Orlando City or Philadelphia Union over the past few weeks, with both sides losing their pace and falling down in the standings. Philly is seven points away from the conference leaders, New England Revolution, while on the other side, Orlando is fourth, one point behind Union. The edge for the Lions here is that they have a game in hand, and it would be a significant plus if they would win this game.
Orlando City (+105) is without a win for the last three matches, having won just one of the past nine points. During that stretch, the first two matches were losses against the Red Bulls 1-2 and Chicago Fire on the road, 3-1. The Lions snapped a point against Toronto FC away from home, 1-1, temporarily stopping the negative skid.
Orlando plays interesting games when it comes to efficiency, and the past four have been all with both sides netting. Prior to the match in Toronto, six of their games ended with over 2.5 goals, which is proof that when Lions appear on the court, we are about to see one amusing contest.
In six home matches this season, Orlando has just one defeat, the one against NYRB, and apart from that, three wins and two draws.
Philadelphia Union (+140) broke its three-game winless streak, against DC last weekend, beating the team from the USA capital, 2-1. We’ve seen the Union three consecutive times playing away from home before that clash, in Chicago, 3-3, Nashville, 1-0, and against the Red Bulls, 1-1.
Once again, they are coming back on the road, where they have a mediocre record of two wins, three draws, and three defeats. However, when looking at Union’s matches since the end of their CONCACAF Champions League, they have only one loss, and it seems that Jim Curtin’s boys have caught the rhythm.
This will be a true test for them, the fourth match on the road in the past five games, a true test of strength, both mental and physical.
The biggest star of the team, Alexandre Pato, is out due to knee surgery, and Antonio Carlos won’t be available as well. Daryl Dike is off with the USMNT at the Gold Cup.
The Jamaican national team took three of Union’s players, goalkeeper Andre Blake, defender Alvas Powell, and striker Cory Burke. All are at the Gold Cup. On the other side, Jack de Vries and Anthony Fontana are injured as well as Ilsinho. Jamiro Monteiro serves a yellow card suspension.
Head to Head Games
The past six games were all with both sides netting, and the most recent match was in March this year, a club-friendly, that saw the Lions winning in Philly, 1-3
This is a perfect match for goals on both ends, which is our prediction here. The odds on that are -166, and in our opinion, it is perfect having in mind the risk/profits ratio. Those who want to increase the winnings go with both teams to score and over 2.5 goals.
Pick: Both teams to score -166
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