MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: New England vs Orlando City
Friday, September 4th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Orlando City clings to the sixth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference with only a point to spare, as they face a hot New England Revolution who are seeking a second consecutive MLS Cup Finals appearance. Orlando City has only one win in their last eight MLS matches, and is mired in a five-game stretch that has only earned them two points while the playoff chase gets thicker in the East.
The Lions have been outscored 14 - 2 in that five-game run mentioned, held scoreless on three separate occasions and are looking more like an expansion team experiencing their first ever hunt for a playoff berth.
Injuries and suspensions have led to make-shift lineups, which has made head coach Adrian Heath's job much more difficult that he expected, and he now has seven games left to get the most out of his club down the stretch.
Orlando City will be without Seb Hines and Tony Cascio, who join four other players who have missed, or are expected to miss, significant time this season.
The two teams met in May at the Citrus Bowl and Orlando City fell behind 2-0 to the Revolution, but made a second-half comeback which resulted in a dramatic 2-2 draw. Cyle Larin's finish and Aurélien Collin's stoppage time header brought things level and both teams took a point from the game.
New England is seemingly replicating last year's late season run which took them all the way to the MLS Finals, although they came up short to the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center.
The Revolution are on their own five-game stretch which has seen them take 13 of a possible 15 points, with four wins and a draw entering this weekend's bout with the Lions.
Jermaine Jones was called up for international duty and will be out of the Revolution lineup this weekend, but besides the lengthy absence of Darius Barnes, the Revs have no injuries or suspensions to deal with this weekend, and are hoping to improve on their fourth place tie in the Eastern Conference standings with Toronto.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
The two have met once in MLS action, playing to a 2 - 2 Draw onMay 8at Orlando City's Citrus Bowl
1x2 3-Way Lines:
New England -175
Orlando City +505
New England -1 -105
Orlando City +1 -115
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
We have two teams going in different directions, and we saw this same type of late season run for the Revs a season ago, where they battled their way all the way to the finals as mentioned last season.
The experience factor is now settling it for both teams, as Orlando City doesn't have any experienced players on their roster who have been in this situation before, not to say that Kaka of course has been in plenty of European league battles in his career.
The absence of Jermaine Jones is a bit of a concern for New England, as his recent return to the lineup has greatly influenced the results the Revs have had of late, but there is certainly enough in place to expect another home win here, so let's get to that prediction you're waiting for.
At -105 on the -1 handicap line, that is more than a feasible price to expect New England to continue their road to the playoffs. We know Orlando City simply cannot stop a soul from finding the back of their net, and the loss of Donovan Ricketts is really starting to come to a head for the Lions.
Tally Hall has been a sieve since taking over in net, and we see him as a detriment to this Orlando City team that will eventually lead to their demise as they will likely miss the playoffs when it is all said and done.
The play goes in at -1 on the Revs, with a big win expected at Gillette Stadium while keeping Orlando City wondering what could have been this year.