MLS Soccer Betting: Orlando City vs Columbus
Friday, July 31th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Orlando City and Columbus meet for the fourth time this year when they face off at the Citrus Bowlthis Saturday. The two have played twice in MLS action, with Columbus leading the way with a win and a draw, although Orlando City ousted the Ohio-based club in the U.S Open Cup in June.
The Crew enters the weekend in second place in the East with 31 points, while Orlando City is tied with NYCFC and Montreal with 24 points in the playoff chase. A strange comment came from Crew Head Coach Gregg Berhalter on the Columbus team page, when he was asked about Orlando City sitting seven points behind and a game in hand, stating, "We're not focusing on Orlando City, we are focusing on the whole Eastern Conference."
Not the brightest thing to say when Orlando City is front of you and knowing that they have given you all you can handle in the three meetings the two have played thus far this year. We understand the meaning, but the choice of words did not come off as respectful of a team that is in the playoff hunt and who just recently took you out of the U.S Cup.
Not to mention how poor this Crew team has played on the road this season. There is no way they can afford to overlook Orlando City, despite the fact that the Lions only have three wins in 11 home games themselves.
Columbus has been outscored 17 - 7 in 10 road games this season, but they are looking for back-to-back wins away from home, as they finally got that first road win against Chicago two weekends ago.
Last weekend, however, the Crew let three points disappear and had to settle for only one, as they let a 3 - 0 lead evaporate in the second half to Toronto and settled for a 3 - 3 draw at MAPFRE Stadium.
Orlando City had a press conferenceon Fridaymorning to discuss the new stadium situation, so by the time you read this, there will be more news about the proposal. So for you Lions fans, check your Orlando City social media pages to see the end result of the presser.
Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath seemed excited for this game and, when he was asked about the series so far this season, he said, "They've all been hugely entertaining. There's been sending offs in both MLS games. There's been lots of action and lots of goals, so I don't anticipate anything different."
Donovan Ricketts is now with the LA Galaxy, after a trade sent the 38-year-old goalkeeper back to Los Angeles. Ricketts played for the Galaxy from 2009 to 2011, winning the 2010 GK of the Year Award, and a championship in 2011. Orlando City received a 2nd Round pick in the MLS Super Draft next season in the exchange.
Orlando City also announcedon Fridaythat it has acquired former Real Madrid product David Mateos and Swiss Super League midfielder Adrian Winter, with both pending transactions awaiting their ITCs and P1 Visas. They will likely join the team within a few weeks, which will not help them now as the Lions will play four games in the next 16 days.
Last 2 MLS Meetings:
The two have met three times in 2015. Once in the U.S Open Cup, in which Orlando City prevailed 2 - 0, and twice in MLS this season, as Columbus leads the series with a Win and a Draw.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orlando City +120
Orlando City Pk -160
Columbus Pk +135
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Adrian Heath told us all we need to know about what he expects to see this weekend, and apparently the line setters caught on to it too. After seeing Columbus completely fall apart with a 3 - 0 lead at home last weekend, the writing is on the wall, and the defense is an absolute mess. This will obviously point us to the total, so let's reveal our prediction.
You guessed it. The Over 2.5 has to be the direction we take here, and we might in fact suggest the line movement to a straight 3 on the total because we can imagine a 2 - 1 score to be obtained by half time, much less the entire 90 minutes.
Play the Over 2.5, although the -135 line is not entirely in our comfort zone, as you know from reading our previews each week.