MLS Soccer Betting: Orlando City vs Philadelphia
Friday, August 7th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: With both Orlando City and Philadelphia having 23 games in the books, it has taken untilAugust 8thto finally bring the two on the field together, and the Citrus Bowl will be the venueon Saturday.The two will play on the final day of the regular season at PPL Park in Pennsylvania to conclude their two-game set this year and, with both currently on the outside of the playoff picture, these points could determine who earns their way to the post-season.
Philadelphia's 3 - 1 loss to the New York Red Bulls this past weekend makes it three straight games without any points, and the Union now find themselves tied at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with Chicago with 22 points.
Despite that, the Union are only six points out of the final playoff position, currently held by Montreal with 28 points in sixth place. With 40 goals surrendered this season, the Union leads all of MLS in goals allowed as they have most of the year, and it obviously responsible for the position they are in.
Injuries have also been a problem for the Union this year, but there is good news on the horizon. Richie Marquez was a full participant in practice this week, and is expected to be in the starting XI this weekend.
Michael Lahoud is also back on the practice field this week after missing close to three months of action with multiple led injuries that have kept him off the field for entirely too long.
Vincent Nogueira is getting closer to returning, but new acquisition Tranquillo Barnetta is mentioned on the team home page as possibly getting a start after coming in as a sub this past weekend against New York.
However, the Union is still alive in the U.S Open Cup, and will play host to Chicago in the semifinalson Wednesdayat PPL Park. In anticipation of the match, the U.S Soccer Federation has already announced that Chicago will host the finals if they advance to the title game.The Union hosted last year's U.S Cup final, but lost to Seattle 3 - 1 in extra time.
Orlando City's defense ... wait, did we just say Orlando City and defense in the same breath? Okay, let's start that over!
Orlando City has been unable to stop anyone as of late and, after an impressive 5 - 2 win over Columbus at home last weekend, the Lions let Sebastian Giovinco tear them aparton Wednesdayfor a hat trick that led to a 4 - 1 disaster at BMO Field.
Orlando City has only one point separating them from the final playoff position behind Montreal entering the weekend, and we are still questioning why this Lions team ever decided to let goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts simply go to Los Angeles for almost nothing. Tally Hall does have experience at this level and has done admirably as an MLS keeper over his career when he was with Houston, but he has given up 23 goals in 13 starts this season for Orlando City, and last weekend's 4 - 1 loss did not help those numbers a bit.
Kaka and Cyle Larin have combined for 20 of the team’s 32 goals this season, and no other player on the roster has more than two goals to their credit.
On the injury front for the Lions, Kevin Molino we know is done for the year, and Harrison Heath is out for two months after knee surgery. Brek Shea is still likely to miss at least a month after sports hernia surgery, and Tony Cascio is still dealing with a sore back that has seen him out for quite a while.
No MLS Meetings:
This is the first ever MLS meeting between the two teams
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orlando City -120
Orlando City -0.5 -120
Philly +0.5 +100
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
The two teams may not be familiar with each other at the MLS level, but neither team has a single clue how to stop anyone in the league as we approach the match at the Citrus Bowl. These two are among the worst defensive clubs in the league, and have combined to allow 77 goals on the season.
Wondering where that leads us for a prediction?
Wonder no more.
If the line setters only ask us to pay $25 worth of juice to bang this Over 2.5, than who are we to argue with them.
Put it this way. Could you imagine taking the Under and watching them go out and give up goal after goal wondering what the hell you were thinking?
Won't be us, and we gladly offer the Over 2.5 at -125 to cash a ticket with these two disastrous defenses on the same field.