Vancouver Whitecaps vs Orlando City:
MLS Regular Season,
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Kick-off: 3:00 UK Time
Venue: BC Place Stadium (Vancouver).
Vancouver Whitecaps are keen for a win when they host a struggling Orlando City at the BC Place Stadium on Saturday.
This will be the Whitecap’s third match in a row at home and are coming on the back of a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake before holding Colorado Rapids to a 2-2 draw. However, they are left with just 1 win in the last 4 home matches and will be hoping for a better performance on Saturday when The Lions from Orlando come to town.
Vancouver Whitecaps are currently 6th in the Western Conference table after accumulating 28 points from 20 games. They had witnessed mixed fortunes in recent MLS matches with 2 wins, 2 losses and a draw from the last 5.
Orlando City are 8th in the Eastern Conference with 21 points from 18 matches and are well within the striking distance to push for a playoff spot. This group is tightly contested and they are just 5 points short of the fourth placed Montreal Impact, but many teams around them have also an equal chance.
The Lions were defeated by New York Red Bulls 2-0 in the last round which put them on a three match win-less streak after drawing the previous one and losing 4-0 to FC Dallas in the match before. They are extremely poor travelers and are on a 7 match win-less run away from home, losing 5.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Team News
Christian Dean and Fraser Aird are expected to miss the match against Orlando City as they are yet to fully recover from injuries. Russell Teibert is also carrying a knock, but he is expected to make the team sheet in time.
Vancouver Whitecaps: Predicted Line up (4-2-3-1)
Ousted – Harvey, Parker, Jacobson, Smith – Teibert, Laba – Techera, Morales, Bolanos – Hurtado.
Orlando City: Team News
Pedro Ribeiro is the only player missing Orlando City after having a back surgery. Carlos Rivas will also miss out due to injury, while Raphael Ramos is carrying a knock.
While star playmaker Kaka is a major doubt and will be assessed close to kick-off.
Orlando City: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Bendik – Shea, Mateos, Hines, Ramos – Higuita, Carrasco – Baptista, Kaka, Rivas – Larin.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Orlando City: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams had met only once in a competitive match, which was won by the Whitecaps 1-0 at the Citrus Bowl stadium courtesy of a 90th minute goal by Uruguayan striker Octavio Rivero.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Orlando City: Prediction
The Whitecaps will go into the match as clear favorites on the back of their recent form, coupled with Orlando’s poor away form this season. The visitors had conceded 17 goals in the last 7 away matches and I expect them to struggle against Vancouver’s attacking line. At the same time, the hosts have kept clean sheet only once in the last 7 games and there is a good chance for both teams to score.
Vancouver to win by 2-1 is my correct score prediction for this tie, but won’t be surprised if they win by a bigger margin.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Orlando City: Tips
- Vancouver to win.
- Over 2.5 goals.