MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI: Seattle vs Orlando City
Friday, August 14th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Both the Seattle Sounders and Orlando City Lions enter the weekend on the cusp of playoff positions in their respective conferences, as Seattle sits alone in sixth place in the West and Orlando City is in a tie for sixth place in the East.
Seattle is another of the Western Conference teams that has brought in many new international players in the summer window. The additions of Erik Friberg from Sweden, Andreas Ivanschitz from Spain, Nelson Valdez from Germany and, most recently, defender Román Torres from Colombia, hope to help the Sounders get back to their winning ways after losing eight of their last nine league games.
On the flip side, Osvaldo Alonso, Leo Gonzalez, Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa were not seen at practice during the week, and we know Obafemi Martins is still working his way back from an injury that he sustained in the U.S. Open Cup on June 16 has now kept him out for two months.
While head man Sigi Schmid decides what part of his roster will be available this weekend, the concern in camp is how to stop the bleeding and remain in the playoff picture in the Western Conference.
Seattle was hoping to have Dempsey in the lineup last weekend against the Los Angeles Galaxy, while there was talk that Obafemi Martins was getting closer to returning. Neither were available, and it only got worse in the opening minutes of the game, as Chad Barrett got Seattle on the scoreboard just one minute after the opening whistle blew, only to have to come out of the game with a hamstring strain.
To say it went downhill from there is an understatement, as the Galaxy had goals from three different players to take the 3 - 1 win at Stubhub Center, putting the Galaxy eight points clear of the Sounders in the table.
Seattle is now barely clinging to the sixth position in the West, with the Houston Dynamo is just a point behind entering the weekend, with Real Salt Lake only three points out of the playoff picture.
The Sounders have eight players on the official MLS injury report headed to their home match this weekend, and here is that list with the type of injury listed along side.
OUT: D Andres Correa ( right adductor strain )
OUT: F Andy Craven ( left knee sprain )
OUT: D Damion Lowe ( left hip injury )
QUESTIONABLE: M Osvaldo Alonso ( slight hamstring tear )
F Chad Barrett ( hamstring injury )
F Obafemi Martins ( right adductor strain )
D Leonardo Gonzalez ( left hamstring strain )
F Clint Dempsey ( hamstring strain )
Orlando City's Kaka got the news this week that all that he has worked for this season has paid off, and his name will be added to the Brazilian National Team for their upcoming friendlies, with hopes to stay with the team through World Cup qualifying. As he mentioned when he first joined MLS and Orlando City, his goal for this year was to elevate his game enough to be considered for international duty, and that hard work has paid off.
Kaka is tied with five other players with nine goals in MLS, but his composure and leadership have been evident since opening day, as Orlando City is almost always winning the possession battle this season, while being on the edge of securing their first post-season berth in only one season in the league.
Oh, and winning the MLS All-Star game MVP didn't hurt his cause either.
Kaka and Cyle Larin have combined for 20 of the team's 32 goals this year, as Larin has been a beast since his overturned red card suspension was granted by the Disciplinary Committee. Larin scored five of those 11 goals in two games, scoring a hat trick in a 5 - 3 loss to NYCFC, while adding two more in the 5 - 2 win over Columbus.
The Lions have struggled lately, however, since theirJune 30thvictory in the U.S Open Cup. They have only one win in their last eight outings, not including their friendly win over West Brom of English Premier League.
Orlando City was ousted in the U.S Open Cup by Chicago over that stretch, and have only taken 5 of a possible 21 points in seven league games.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
This is the first ever MLS meeting between the teams.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orlando City +300
Seattle -0.5 -105
Orlando City +0.5 -115
Total O/U 2.5:
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Quick Analysis & Prediction
We are still trying to figure out how Orlando City and Philly played to a scoreless draw last weekend, as that had to be the biggest shock of all the games on last weekend's slate.
With so many significant absences for Seattle, and Orlando City coming to town for their first visit on the CenturyLink carpet, we might not see too much scoring here either.
Seattle has been dismal on the offensive side of the ball with or without some of their regulars in the lineup recently, as they have scored only one goal in their last four home games as well.
Orlando City will likely win the possession battle as they always seem to do, which will keep this a low-scoring game.
That turns us to a rare Under call from us here at Diamond, as you may know from reading our season long previews. Not too often do we offer an Under, but in this case the Under 2.5 at -110 is going to be our suggestion in this match at CenturyLink Field, with a 1 - 1 possibility when the final whistle blows.