MLS Soccer Betting: Los Angeles vs Orlando City
Saturday, May 16th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The Los Angeles Galaxy makes their first ever trip to the Citrus Bowl, where Orlando City is still looking for their first win at home. Both teams have a growing amount of health concerns, with each having seven players on the official injury list on the MLS home page.
The road has not been helpful to the LA Galaxy this year. They are dead last in the Western Conference road standings, with no wins in six outings, having three draws accounting for their three points away from home. This is also carrying over from 2014, as the Galaxy has not won a game on the road since August of last season, now reaching 12 straight outings. We also saw on the LA home page that they already logged 38,367 air miles, and we are not even up to the third mark of the season.
Jose Villarreal came back to practice this week, and has been upgraded to questionable, although we hear that he will be back in the fold this week, whether as a sub or starter. Robbie Keane is still not back in training and there is still no timetable for his return from the groin strain.
Los Angeles will be playing their third straight road game, and needs to rebound from the 2 - 1 loss last weekend to Dallas. Gyasi Zardes gave the Galaxy a 1 - 0 lead just before the hour mark, but were unable to stop Dallas from scoring twice nine minutes apart late in the game. Blas Perez equalized the game in the 77th minute for Dallas, with Tesho Akindele coming up with the game winner in the 86th minute.
It feels like we are listening to a broken record when it comes to Orlando City at home. In five games at the Citrus Bowl, Orlando City has only managed two draws while losing the other three, and the fans and Orlando media are now starting to question what all the hype was to begin with.
Kaka has provided a bit of a spark for the expansion franchise, but being without Pedro Ribeiro for the next two months, and now having to replace Aurelien Collin on the back line with a hammy injury is simply making it tough to gain any consistency. Collin has done a great job pitching in on the offensive end of the ball as well, having the only assist on Cyle Larin's goal last weekend against United.
Orlando City scored first against DC United early in the match last weekend, as Larin found the net 11 minutes in to the game. The problem is that it was the only shot on goal that they managed in the game, and the second half stats were strongly in favor of United, who scored two goals with only three shots on frame.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
This will be the first ever MLS meeting in the series
1x2 3-Way Lines:
LA Pk -115
Orlando Pk -105
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction
It is more than complicated to give one of these two the nod for some action, and the line setters will give you good money if you can call the winner straight up.
We see a +165 and +175 on each team’s 3-Way line, but it makes it tough to have confidence in a suggestion on the side here with all the injuries to both teams, and the fact that we are seeing coaches put out back up players all over the field.
With that said, let's turn our attention to the total, because goal scoring is also a huge concern for these two. Penedo and Ricketts should have no problem keeping the ball out of their nets, so the Under 2.5 goes in the books as our suggestion for this one at -125.
A 0 - 0 or 1 - 0 type of game is how we see it, and even if the equalizer comes to make it 1 - 1, so be it, because that ticket will be cashed either way. As long as we can avoid the mistake that costs someone three points, the low-scoring affair is how we see this game.