New York City FC at Orlando City
|Date & Time||Thursday July 26, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Orlando +180 / Draw +260 / NYCFC +135 -- Over/Under: 3
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We have some midweek MLS action on Thursday from Orlando City Stadium as Orlando City plays host to New York City FC.
Orlando City comes into this match after reverting back to old habits, losing in heartbreaking fashion 3-2 to Columbus Crew last time out. Sacha Kljestan gave the Lions the lead 16 minutes in before Gyasi Zardes tied things up just after half time. Stefano gave Orlando a 2-1 lead and Orlando City looked destined for back-to-back wins before the Crew struck twice in four minutes, thanks to goals from Zardes and Wil Trapp in the 88th and second minute of injury time respectively to send Orlando City home with nothing. Orlando were out possessed by Columbus 57%-43%, along with being out possessed 15-9 and 6-5 in terms of shots on goal. Dom Dwyer leads Orlando in scoring with 8 goals this season, while Kljestan, Chris Mueller and Yoshimar Yotun are tied for the team lead with 4 assists apiece this season.
New York City FC come into this match looking to keep their winning streak in tact which currently sits at 3 games following a 2-0 win over Columbus in their last outing. The match looked to be a scoreless stalemate as we went along but Jesus Medina and Anton Tinnerholm made sure that wasn’t the case, scoring 10 minutes apart in the 80th and 90th minutes to give NYCFC all three points. NYCFC owned 53% of the possession in the win, narrowly outshooting the Crew 18-17 with each side having 5 shots on goal. David Villa leads NYCFC in scoring with 8 goals this season, while Maxi Morales is second with 7 goals along with a team-high 4 assists.
Head-to-head, New York City has won each of the last three meetings between the two teams by a combined score of 8-0.
NYCFC has secured just 9 of a possible 27 points away from home and are winless in their last six matches away from home. However, this is still a good price for one of the best teams in the league, going up against an Orlando side that just can’t catch a break. NYCFC comes in on an extra week of rest and also just took down Columbus, the same team that rallied to beat Orlando City in their last game. NYCFC have put up clean sheets in each of their three wins during this winning streak, and I see it being four in a row as NYCFC picks up all three points here. Braver punters will want to go after the New York City FC win to nil if applicable.