Steffen Schmidt - July 20, 2023
Orlando City vs Houston Dynamo
Date: 22 July 2023, Saturday
Kick-off at 01:00 UK / 02:00 CET
Venue: Exploria Stadium (Orlando).
Orlando City will be looking to translate their fine domestic league form to Leagues Cup on Friday evening when they host Houston Dynamo at the start of the competition.
The hosts climbed to the fifth place in the Eastern Conference table thanks to three wins in the last four league outings.
The latest success came on Saturday when Oscar Pareja’s troops stunned Atlanta United 1-2 on the road despite conceding an early opener on the occasion.
The team’s top scorer Duncan McGuire was on target once again, bagging his eighth goal of the campaign. We also have to praise experienced Uruguayan midfielder Mauricio Pereyra who starred with two assists six days ago.
Orlando City are pretty big favorites on Friday given they are about to face an out-of-form opposition.
Houston Dynamo are in danger of dropping out of the top nine teams on the West after a streak of five straight winless matches.
Ben Olsen’s men have huge issues with the lack of attacking creativity in recent weeks. They failed to score in four of the last five league outings.
Houston also failed to find the back of the net in three subsequent away fixtures in the league. The run includes a goalless stalemate away at Colorado Rapids on Saturday evening.
The hosts enter this in much higher spirits and we expect them to confirm the favorites’ tag and pick up a victory at the beginning of the Leagues Cup campaign. You can back Orlando City at the 1.90 odds.
We also like Orlando City to keep a clean sheet at the 2.62 odds knowing their counterparts have not scored in four of the last five MLS affairs.