MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: NY Red Bulls vs Orlando City
Thursday, September 24th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: As the Red Bulls became the first MLS team to clinch a spot in the playoffs last weekend, Orlando City must now try to find their own way to the post-season in their first year in the league. With only four games remaining to play in their inaugural MLS season, Orlando City rides a two-game win streak into theirFridaymatch against the Red Bulls, hoping to keep their post-season hopes alive.
The Lions could essentially control their own fate if they can escape Red Bull Arena with a result, since they face Montreal, NYCFC and Philadelphia in their final three games ahead of this outing. Orlando City have four points to make up on Montreal who holds the sixth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference, although the Impact have two games in hand on the expansion side, which could potentially be what saves the Impact when the regular season comes to a close.
With the Chicago Fire fighting to save their season last weekend, Orlando City marched in to Toyota Park and came away with a 1 - 0 victory to keep their own playoff hopes alive, while essentially eliminating the Fire from post-season potential.
Lions' goalkeeper Tally Hall started his 20th game of the season last weekend, and managed to earn his fifth clean sheet of the season, as Orlando City waited until the 86th minute of the game to earn all three points against the Fire.
The last and only time these two met was back in July at the Citrus Bowl, where the Red Bulls came away with a 2 - 0 win on the strength of goals from Sacha Kljestan and Mike Grella. If you also recall, Cyle Larin was sent off the pitch with a red card, which was later rescinded by the disciplinary committee, but still put the Lions down a man for an hour of their only meeting.
The Red Bulls are coming off a big 2 - 0 road win at Providence Park, which earned them the first playoff berth for any team in the 2015 season.
Felipe scored the first goal in the game with just two minutes remaining in the first half, while Damien Perrinelle added to the lead in the second minute of added time just four minutes later.
The Timbers didn't put up much a fight in the first half, only managing a single shot on goal, which barely held a threat behind it in the least.
With the road win, the Red Bulls pulled themselves into a tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Western Conference for the lead in the chase for the Supporters Shield, which as we know holds home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Red Bulls may have a playoff berth clinched, but their job still isn’t done yet when it comes to taking first place in the Eastern Conference. The one big advantage they do have, however, is the fact that all three teams chasing them have played 30 games, while New York has only played 28. That gives them a two-game disparity that could come in handy, especially since their final two games are against Chicago and Philadelphia, who are the bottom two teams in the East, and could likely already be eliminated from the playoffs by then.
Last MLS Meeting:
The last and only MLS meeting the two have had resulted in a 2 - 0 Red Bull win at the Citrus Bowl onJuly 18.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orl City +640
NYRB -1 -150
Orl City +1 +130
Total O/U 3:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
Just because New York has earned the first playoff spot in MLS this year, certainly doesn't mean that they can sit back and just play out the schedule. A playoff spot is one goal, but with the potential for home field throughout the playoffs, there is plenty left to play for.
Orlando City's head coach Adrian Heath took this job back in 2011 for this exact reason, and that was to help this Orlando City team get to MLS, and win more than just the two USL Championships already under their belts.
Obviously, this is a much different team than Heath had in their USL days, but there are still a handful of players who were around for that glory as well, and want nothing more than to add to the modest history of the franchise.
Orlando City will have to win out if they want to catch Montreal or Toronto to earn a post-season bid, and to see a +1 sitting there at a sparkling +130 is almost too good to be true.
The Lions will either fight like the dickens to remain in the hunt, or the Red Bulls will be just as motivated to kick their ass, although even a one-goal game in this case would not be the worst outcome for us, although it won't do much for Orlando City.
We don't care about that though, because we bet to win, not to hope for some playoff scenario for a newly arrived team to MLS, so the +1 on the Lions goes in as our suggestion.