MLS Soccer Betting: Orlando City vs Columbus
Friday, May 29th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: For the first time this season, we can finally say that the Orlando City Lions are not looking for their first win at the Citrus Bowl. The last time we were here, the Los Angeles Galaxy arrived with a depleted team, and Orlando City proceeded to hand them a 4 - 0 beat down. Now, Orlando City is seeking their first back-to-back wins at home, as they face a Columbus team who handed them a 3 - 0 loss at MAPFRE Stadium back in April. The third meeting between the two will happen onAugust 1, here again at the Citrus Bowl.
Orlando City backed up their win against LA at home with a draw last weekend at Levi's Stadium. The San Jose Earthquakes made their second appearance at the home of the San Francisco 49ers in the last two seasons, and both teams were able to score on penalty kicks to draw 1 - 1.
Kaka converted his chance from the spot in the 64th minute to give the Lions a 1 - 0 lead, and Chris Wondolowski also converted his chance from the spot just four minutes later.
Orlando City had to play most of the second half down a man, after Brek Shea was given his walking papers in the 51st minute and, as a result, he will also be out of this match.
Columbus enters the weekend having only one win in their last four MLS outings, while also coming off a 1 - 0 defeat to Valencia of La Liga in a friendly matchon Wednesday. In their last match against Chicago, the Crew jumped out to an early 2 - 0 lead, but were unable to hold on, and ended up drawing at 2 - 2.The Crew's first of two goals by Kei Kamara was created from Justin Meram's ability to find Finlay making a run in the box, who simply laid it off to Kamara for the tap-in. The second goal by Kamara was created from a corner kick, as Kevan George headed a ball to Kamara, who also used his head to convert the goal.
Crew Midfielders Wil Trapp and Ethan Finlay will be absent this weekend to injury, and Orlando City will be without five players who are listed on the MLS official injury report. Pedro Ribeiro's hamstring injury will see him out for at least another month, and three midfielders will also be out. Kevin Molino is done for the season with the ACL injury, while Lewis Neal and Tony Cascio are listed as doubtful and did not train this week. Defender Aurelien Collin is also out with a hammy issue.
On a side note, it was announced late this week that Orlando City will increase capacity in the new stadium to accommodate between 25,000 and 28,000 fans, after the resounding attendance figures that have seen the team average just over 37,000 fans at the Citrus Bowl in 2015.
Last MLS Meeting:
The two met for the first time at Mapfre Stadium onApril 18, with Columbus taking a 3 - 0 win.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orlando City +120
Orlando City -0.5 +120
Columbus +0.5 -140
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Columbus will play three matches over the next eight days, going from Orlando to Philadelphia for a mid-week game, and back home to Montreal next weekend. Not to mention that they were just home for the Valencia matchon Wednesday, which gives them two days to get to and prepare for Orlando City.
Not only did Columbus give up the 2 - 0 lead last weekend to Chicago, but having the goal scored against them in the 94th minute of extra time really deflated the team. We saw numerous faces on the Crew bench looking around wondering what the hell just happened.
Why don't we see if the first home win of the year gives this Orlando City team some incentive to keep their fans happy, and go with a play on the Lions at home on the 3-Way action of +120. We know Columbus is an entirely different team away from home, while they are still indeed looking for their first win on the road in 2015.