Columbus Crew vs Orlando City:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016
Kick-off: 0:30 UK Time
Venue: Mapfre Stadium, Columbus (Ohio).
Columbus Crew welcome Orlando City to the Mapfre Stadium on Saturday evening in a battle between two sides currently outside the play-off spot in MLS Eastern Conference.
The Crew SC were held to a 1-1 draw at home by DC United last week, which extended their win-less streak in the league to 7 games. They had tasted victory just once in the last 12 matches and are currently 9th in the Eastern Conference standings. They are just a point ahead of the bottom placed Chicago Fire and could drop to the foot of the table if they fail to win Saturday’s MLS fixture against Orlando.
Columbus Crew are coming on the back of a 9 match unbeaten run at home. They had lost just once at home this season. But the Crew had managed to win just 3 games at home this season and 1 win from their last 7, with the last four being draws.
Orlando City are on a four match win-less run and earned a priceless 2-2 draw at Vancouver in their previous fixture. The two goals scored against the Whitecaps ended Orlando’s three matches streak without scoring a goal. They are 7th in the Eastern Conference table with 22 points from 19 matches, just a point behind New England inside the play-off spot. Also they are at a point gap from the fourth placed Montreal and if they use their matches well, they can qualify for the play-off this season.
Orlando City’s away form this season is nothing to write about. They had won just one away game this season, which happened to be in their first trip of the season at New York City. They are without a win in the last 8 away matches, with 3 defeats in the last 5.
Columbus Crew vs Orlando City: Head-to-Head Stats
- Overall (5 matches): Orlando City – 2 wins, Crew SC – 1 win, Draws – 2.
- Columbus Crew at home vs Orlando City (1 match) – 1 win.
The teams played against each other four time last season, three in the MLS and one in the US Open Cup which was won by Orlando at home by 2-0.
In the three fixtures between the two in MLS 2015, the teams share a win each and a draw. The first of which was played at the Mapfre Stadium finished in a 3-0 win for the Crew SC on April 2015. The second leg at Orlando on July 2015 witnessed a 2-2 draw. The third and last of the series was once again played at Orlando City and hosts emerged 5-2 on August 2015.
Columbus Crew: Team News
Gregg Berhalter will be without wing-back Harrison Afful, who is suspended for this tie after receiving a red card in the 1-1 draw against DC United last weekend.
While the likes of Chad Barson, Conor Casey and Tony Tchani are short on fitness and will be assessed close to kick-off.
Columbus Crew: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Clark – Francis, Wahl, Parkhurst, Sauro – Tchani, Trapp – Cedrik, Saeid, Meram – Kamara.
Orlando City: Team News
Ricardo Kaka is a major doubt for this match with an injury and will be assessed closer to kick-off.
Pedro Ribeiro is injured and will be miss the trip to Ohio, while Rafael Ramos and Carlos Rivas are minor doubts.
Orlando City: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Bendik – Shea, Mateos, Hines, Alston – Ceren, Carrasco – Barry, Baptista, Molino – Larin.
Columbus Crew vs Orlando City: Prediction
Either sides and not in good touch and on the basis of home form Columbus Crew could be considered as slight favourites. Also this is the only second time that Orlando are travelling to Ohio for an MLS match and they tasted defeat in the first ever visit on April 2015.
Columbus Crew are coming on the back of 4 consecutive home draws and they had kept a clean sheet only once in their last 7 at home. So it is very likely that they concede a goal here, despite Orlando being poor in front of goal recently. I will be backing a correct score prediction of 2-1 in favour of Columbus Crew for this MLS fixture.
Columbus Crew vs Orlando City: Tips
- Both Teams to Score.
- Columbus Crew to win.