MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Orlando City vs Sporting KC
Saturday, September 12th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Orlando City looks to end a six-game streak without a win when they host Sporting Kansas City at the Citrus Bowlon Sundaynight. In an East meets West game that holds major implications in the playoff picture of both conferences, the two meet for the very first time in MLS, although they do have a bit of history in the U.S. Open Cup in previous years.
Orlando City sits alone in the eighth position in the Eastern Conference standings, but need to only make up two points on Montreal who currently hold the final playoff position in sixth place. The Lions have three home games and three road games left in their first MLS season and, despite the strong home support of their fans, home has not exactly been where the heart is for Orlando City this year.
Only NYCFC has earned less points at home that Orlando City has this season, and the Lions -17 goal differential is the worst in all of MLS.
If there is any indication of how bad things have gotten for Orlando City, the Revolution beat them at their own game last weekend, completely controlling the possession battle which Orlando City has done a tremendous job of winning in nearly every outing this season. In the 3 - 0 loss to the Revs, Orlando City looked like an expansion team in the first half, and only managed one shot that didn't even register as a shot on frame. Brazilian national Kaka might not be able to go this weekend, as he is listed as day to day with a muscle injury in his right leg.Brek Shea is on the verge of returning from sports hernia surgery, but he is still listed as out on the official MLS injury report. Also out of the back line will be Corey Ashe and Seb Hines, who have undisclosed injuries.
The Orlando City fans may be happy to see a familiar face, if only for a minute. The last time Dom Dwyer played at the Citrus Bowl, he was wearing a purple number 9 jersey and helped Orlando City win the 2013 USL Pro Championship by scoring four goals in a 7 - 4 win over Charlotte. Sporting Kansas City has a 6 - 1 - 2 record against Eastern Conference opponents this season, and has a7 - 1 - 2 all-time record in their first match against an expansion team.
Sporting KC is holding down the fifth position in the Western Conference entering the game this weekend, but they are tied with two other teams with 41 points.
Kansas City is looking to snap their own four-game stretch without a win, but are coming off a scoreless draw against Portland at Providence Parkon Wednesday.
Now they make the cross-country trek from Portland to Florida with only three days to prepare for the heat and humidity in Orlando.
Last MLS Meeting:
This is the first ever MLS meeting between the two teams, although they have met twice in the U.S Open Cup when Orlando City was still at the USL Pro level.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orlando City +145
Orlando City Pk -130
KC Pk +110
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Neither club could be playing much worse than they both are entering this weekend, and the defensive side of the ball has cost them both plenty of results lately. Orlando City is 1-7-3 since the start of July, and have scored 11 goals, while giving up 29.
Sporting has won at least eight road games in three straight seasons, but that will be coming to an end this year, as they have only three wins and four games remaining away from home in the regular season.
What else can you do when you put two of the worst defenses in the same field in MLS action down the stretch of the regular season?
You guessed it, as we have spoken about plenty in other previews as to how the defensive side of the ball simply gets overlooked when the post-season gets closer.
The Over 2.5 at a reasonable -115 makes our board as the final suggestion of this weekend's matches around MLS.