Orlando City vs Real Salt Lake, 29 February 2020, Saturday
Major League Soccer, Kick-Off at 23:00 UK
Venue: Exploria Stadium.
Orlando City were one of the weakest teams in the East during the last MLS season, ending it in 11th position with only nine victories in 36 appearances.
Can we see something different from them in upcoming months?
There were a couple of phenomenal performances during the pre-season matches, but the first official match against Real Salt Lake on Saturday should show us more.
Real Salt Lake are not looking well judging by the last couple of results. They are entering this encounter with back to back losses against Houston Dynamo 4-0 and lower division team Phoenix Rising 3-2. This squad didn’t secure one single victory in the preparation period.
Orlando City vs Real Salt Lake Head-to-head
These two teams have met only five times in the past. Saturday’s hosts are slightly more successful with two victories, while losing only one match.
Real Salt Lake’s only time when they were more successful happened in the last season. They have won the game at Rio Tinto Stadium 2-1 FT thanks to the goals scored by Johnson and Kreilach.
The average number of goals scored in all Orlando v Salt Lake duels so far is at 2.80 per match.
Orlando City vs Real Salt Lake Prediction
Hosts from Florida have won four out of the five preparation games so far. Former Manchester United’s star Nani is still with the team, and should lead the offense this season, paired with Tesho Akindele.
Orlando have always performed much better when playing at home in the last three seasons than on the road. We believe they are much closer to win this match than the opposition. Home victory is the first betting recommendation.
Despite poor results in the pre-season, Real Salt Lake’s fans are hoping to see their team perform on a level from previous MLS campaign when they were 3rd on the West.
The loss rate away from home was still high though at 55%. Around 50% of all their matches last season ended Under 2.5 FT, so this could be a decent alternative bet.
Orlando City vs Real Salt Lake Betting Tips
Home win @ 1.95
Under 2.5 Goals @ 2.20.