New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City: Preview and Prediction

New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016
Kick-off: 0:30 UK Time
Venue: Red Bull Arena (New Jersey).

New York Red Bulls keen for a win to stay inside the play-off spot when they host Orlando City at the Red Bull Arena on Wednesday evening.

The four match winning streak of the Red Bulls is now history as they had gone without a win in the next four. The 2-0 defeat to city rivals New York FC two weeks ago is now followed by a 0-0 stalemate at home against Portland Timbers in their last round fixture. They have also failed to find the back of the net in the last two consecutive games and are at the risk of falling out of the play-off spot.

If there is any positive in New York Red Bulls MLS campaign this season is their recent home record. They are unbeaten in the last six with 5 wins and a draw in the latest fixture. Also they had kept clean sheets in the last five.

Red Bulls are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference table with 24 points from 19 matches, but they are just 3 points ahead of the 8th placed Orlando City. But the likes of Orlando City, Toronto and DC United all have played fewer games than the Red Bulls, which make this a must game for either teams involved in Wednesday’s fixture.

Orlando City are also not in great form after managing just 1 win from their last 6 league games. They had drawn 4 games during the period and lost once. However, they managed just 4 from 17 matches so far this season, drawing majority of their games. They come into Wednesday’s game without a win in the last 6 away games this season.

New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City: Head-to-Head Stats

  • These sides had already met twice this season, with Red Bulls winning the first clash at home on April 3-2 and drawing the fixture back in Orlando 1-1 on May 2016.
  • New York Red Bulls lead the head-to-head stats between the sides with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat from 5 meetings against Orlando in MLS so far.
  • Orlando were 5-2 winners in their first visit to the Red Bull Arena on July 2015 and lost in the second visit, which was on April of this season.

New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City: Prediction

New York Red Bulls will be desperate to end their win-less run and would be keen to take advantage of their strong form at home. They haven’t conceded in the last five at home and with the quality of players in their attacking front, they will go into this game as clear favourites.

Orlando City SC have conceded 15 goals from their last 5 away games this season, consistently 2 or more in every game during the period. Considering this poor defensive record, it will be wise to back Red Bulls to score at least 2 goals in this fixture.

New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City FC: Tips

  1. New York Red Bulls – Over 1.5 goals at FT
  2. New York Red Bulls to win
  3. Over 3.5 goals (Risky)