MLS Soccer Betting: Philadelphia vs Orlando City
Saturday, October 24th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Orlando City carry a five-game winning streak into the final weekend of the regular season, as they take on the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on Decision Day around MLS. The expansion franchise that joined MLS this season with NYCFC, has already outdone their counterparts, who were eliminated from post-season contention on October 10.
Orlando City enter the final weekend needing to make up an eight-goal differential on the New England Revolution, but must first find three points against the Union to pull themselves within a tie on points. The Revs currently hold the sixth and final position that grants entry to the playoffs out of the Eastern Conference, holding with 47 points to the Lions 44.
The Lions have outscored their last five opponents 13 - 5 during their current five-game win streak, but the 3 - 0 result with New England before the run started might just be what eventually ends up costing them a playoff appearance in their inaugural season.
Ironically, Orlando City will be rooting for NYCFC this weekend to not only beat the Revolution on the final day, but hope to see the score inflate at Yankee Stadium to contribute to the eight-goal deficit that also has to be made up to see the Lions through.
Josh Ford will be getting his first start in net for Orlando city this weekend, as Tally Hall hurt his knee in the 2 - 1 win over NYCFC last weekend. Ford has not started this year and, in fact, he has never made a start in his five-year MLS career. Ford has been dealing with a long list of injuries that has kept him off the field all too often, but will now at least get his opportunity to make an impression.
Orlando City let Donovan Ricketts leave for greener pastures with the Galaxy near the trade deadline, and gave Tally Hall the nod to be the future of the organization.
The Union entered the final month of the regular season clinging to their own fading playoff hopes in the Eastern Conference, while also coming off a tough home loss to Sporting Kansas City in the U.S Open Cup Finale on September 30.
The loss marked the second consecutive year that the Union were hosting the Cup finals, after Seattle had taken a 3 - 1 in extra time the year before.
Since the Union were eliminated from post-season contention, they have been destroyed in their last two outings in league play, losing 3 - 1 to Toronto, following that up with a 4 - 1 loss to the Red Bulls last weekend.
That theme became familiar for the Union early in the year, as they led all of MLS in goals allowed for most of the season, and have been outscored 41 - 55 this year in total.
Last MLS Meeting:
The two teams have only met once this season in this being Orlando City's first year in MLS.
The Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Floirda contested a 0 - 0 affair on August 8.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orlando City +180
Philadelphia pk -125
Orlando City Pk +105
Total O/U 3:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
We all know the odds of Orlando City taking the Revolution's sixth seed would take the hand of God to come down and influence both this match, and the one at Yankee Stadium between the Revs and NYCFC on Decision Day.
Making up an eight goal differential with one game remaining is naturally against the odds, but that is why they play the games, because anything can happen on any given day as we know.
The Union have already packed their bags, and will be cleared out of PPL Park within minutes of the final whistle, and the goal for next year will be to find a goalkeeper, bolster up the back line, and find a goal scorer.
When you need all those things to happen, the prospect for 2016 already sees the Union facing an uphill battle, and we haven't even finished this year yet.
Well, the only way to start the process of trying to make up eight goals with a big win, comes by scoring goals, and one thing we know about the Union is that they are certainly a sieve.
The Over 3 at +100 comes in as the suggestion, not forgetting that these two have combined to allow 110 goals this year between them.