MLS Soccer Betting: NYCFC vs Orlando City
Saturday, July 25th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Orlando City and NYCFC came into MLS together this season, and opened the campaign playing each other at the Citrus Bowl back in March. Each team came away with a point, and the two now meet for the second of three games in the series, with the last to come back at the Citrus Bowl in one of the final games of the regular season.
Orlando City enters the round of matches in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 24 points, only three points above NYCFC who currently hold the ninth spot in the table. Both teams have 14 games remaining to play in the regular season, but are coming off losses last weekend.
Orlando City’s Cyle Larin was sent off with a red card just after the half-hour mark of the first half against the Red Bulls, but the call really did not seem to fit the bill, and Larin and Orlando City have since appealed the call. Don't assume that Larin will be out of this game, however, as the disciplinary committee reversed the offense and Larin will be eligible to play this weekend.
In following up the 2 - 0 loss to the Red Bulls last weekend, Orlando City also took a defeat in the U.S Open Cup this week losing 3 - 1 to Chicago, and are now out of the competition.
NYCFC will play three of their next four games at Yankee Stadium. They will host Montreal next weekend before a rivalry game against the Red Bulls. They will then return home to face first place DC United onAugust 13.
Andrea Pirlo held a half-hour long press conferenceon Tuesday, making note that he has trained with the club for the last two days, and feels ready to get on the field whenever Jason Kreis sees him fit to go. Kreis sat alongside Pirlo at the presser and having the trio of Lampard, Pirlo and Villa on the field together for the first time in 2015 has the fans of NYC excited for the near future.
Lampard, as we know, has yet to make his first appearance in a NYCFC uniform, although he has been with the team for the past couple of weeks and is still listed on the MLS injury report for this weekend. The calf strain has held him back since he joined the squad, so we cannot say he is good to go until the opening day lineup is announced.
In the 1 - 0 loss to New England last weekend, NYCFC's Ned Grabavoy picked up a red card in the 55th minute, and that will earn him a day off this weekend. Jason Hernandez will also be suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards.
NYCFC's Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Kwadwo Poku, and Mehdi Ballouchy are all a booking away from being suspended as well, and the team already has a handful of players on the MLS injury report. Sebastian Velasquez is dealing with a quad injury, while Javier Calle is dealing with a similar injury. Connor Brandt has a right abductor strain and, as mentioned, Lampard again appears on the list with a calf injury.
Tony Taylor tore his ACL in April, and George John is also not likely to return this season. We don't update them much because we know we won't see them this season.
One MLS Meeting:
The two teams met for the first time onMarch 8at the Citrus Bowl and played to a 1 - 1 Draw
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orlando City +245
NYCFC -0.5 +115
Orlando City +0.5 -135
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
There is no mystery behind each team's plan, as we know Orlando likes to control the possession battle, and NYCFC loves to press and put pressure on opposing defenses.
Cyle Larin being allowed to compete changes the dynamic of this match, as we obviously thought he would be out after the red card, but the right decision was made and he did not deserve to be sent off, as per the decision by the board.
We have seen that teams are starting to actually enjoy the cozy confines of Yankee Stadium, when we originally thought it would lead to low-scoring, boring defensive games because of the length of the field.
If all the line setters are going to ask us for is $10 worth of juice on either side of this total, than you know we can oblige them with a play to thank them.
The Over 2.5 goes on the board for us this weekend at Yankee Stadium, and -110 should suit anyone's comfort zone to have the action.
Even without Lampard, Diskerud, or Andrea Pirlo, there is enough in place for New York to likely have success at home against Orlando City, and a 2 - 1 home win would suit us fine. That +115 on the home side 3-Way line is tempting, but we have seen this NYCFC club give up leads before late in games, and Orlando City has done plenty of late damage in multiple games this year as well.
The Over 2.5 is the play.