Orlando City vs New York Red Bulls:
MLS Eastern Conference;
Date: Saturday, 7th May 2016;
Kick-Off: 00:00 GMT;
Venue: Camping World Stadium, Orlando.
Orlando City SC are desperate to end their four match win-less run when they host New York Red Bulls at the Camping World Stadium at Orlando.
The Lions needed a 90th minute goal from Carlos Rivas to rescue a point in the 2-2 draw at New England Revolution last Saturday. Orlando City are in some wobbling form at the moment, as they failed to win in their last four matches with 2 draws and 2 wins. At the same time, they are still unbeaten at home this season as they managed a win and 3 draws from four matches at the Camping World stadium so far.
New York Red Bulls are coming on the back of a 4-0 convincing home win against FC Dallas last Friday. They are on a two match winning run at the moment, but lost 4 matches in a row prior to that. The Red Bulls are yet to register a win on the road this season after losing in all of their four away games so far.
Orlando City: Team News
Orlando City SC will be without defender Conor Donovan and midfielder Pedro Ribeiro, who are still recovering from their respective injuries.
While the club captain Kaka, who missed the Tiger’s last two games through a groin injury is back to match fitness and expected to play on Friday night.
Orlando City: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Bendik – Ramos, Mateos, Seb Hines, Brek Shea – Ceren, Higuita, Nocerino – Molino, Larin, Winter.
New York Red Bulls: Team News
Damien Perrinelle is out with a knee injury since March, while goal keeper Ryan Meara is out with a thigh injury.
The trio of Connor Lade, Gonzalo Veron and Gideon Baah are available for selection, but head-coach is expected to field an unchanged eleven from their last game.
New York Red Bulls: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Robles – Sal Zizzo, Duvall, Zubar, Lawrence – Felipe, McCarthy – Lloyd Sam, Kljestan, Grella – Wright-Phillips.
Orlando City vs New York Red Bulls: Head-to-Head
The teams already played against each other once this season; New York Red Bulls winning it 3-2 against Orlando City at the Red Bull Arena on 25th April 2015. And this is their second meeting this season and that too in a space of three weeks.
They met twice in the MLS last season and both matches end in wins for the away side. Red Bulls won 2-0 on July 18 at the Citrus Bowl, while Orlando City got their revenge with a 5-2 win at the at Red Bull Arena in September 2015.
To Summarize, Red Bulls lead the head-to-head against Orlando by 2 wins to 1.
Orlando City vs New York Red Bulls: Prediction
New York Red Bulls are coming in fine form and will be looking to extend their winning run after making a poor start to the season. They haven’t won any of their 4 away matches so far this season, but could take some confidence from the win in their last visit to Orlando.
Orlando are not in good form and head-coach Adrian Heath will be hoping that his players respond in a positive manner to earn the team their first win in five matches.
I expect an entertaining encounter at the Camping World Stadium on Saturday and we may see plenty of goals. I predict a 3-2 win for the Red Bulls and the Lions must wait another week to end their win-less run.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals at Full Time.