Forget about the first place in the MLS Eastern Conference, which belongs to the New England Revolution. Nevertheless, the rest of the playoff spots are up for grabs.
Orlando City and CF Montreal are in the race, but neither team has a comfortable advantage. In fact, Montreal comes in a must-win situation or otherwise could fall to ninth place.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer odds for Orlando vs Montreal.
Game: Orlando City vs CF Montreal
Location: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
Time: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: MLS Live on ESPN+
Major League Soccer Betting Lines
|Orlando City||-½ -145||-145||2½ -130o||1½ -140o/+110u|
|CF Montreal||+½ +115||+400||2½ Evu||½ -200o/+160u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 14
- Orlando City Victories: 6 (20 goals)
- CF Montreal Victories: 6 (21 goals)
- Draws: 2
The teams met for the last time in 2020. Orlando City won 1-0 in Montreal thanks to a goal from Daryl Dike.
Orlando has won the last three meetings, but Montreal owns a 5-1-4 record in their last 10 matchups. During that span, Montreal scored 15 goals, allowed 14 and both finished with a clean sheet three times. The total went over in six of those games.
Montreal defeated Orlando for the last time in 2019, winning in Florida.
Why Bet on Orlando City?
Orlando City have had a good season. They sit in third place in the East with 38 points on a 10-8-5 record. They’ve scored 33 goals and allowed 29. Yes, they need to improve defensively, but that’s not enough for you to not include them in your soccer picks.
Most recently, they lost 3-0 to Atlanta United, but they’re better than that. Prior to that defeat, they managed to remain unbeaten for seven straight matches, including a 3-2 victory over Columbus, the reigning champions.
The Lions have lost consecutive regular-season matches just once since the start of 2020. Head coach Oscar Pareja didn’t have all his regular starters available against Atlanta, but that’s not the case here.
Individually, Nani has been amazing, leading the team in scoring with seven goals. He also leads the team in assists with seven. At 34 years old, proving he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. Also, we shouldn’t underestimate those veteran signings for which the MLS is known.
Pareja has done a great job mixing veteran and young players. Nani is mentoring two of the best young players in the league in the 21-yearold Dike and Benji Michel (23). Dike has scored three goals while Michel has four.
Orlando is considerably better at home. They’re 7-4-1 (3-4-4 on the road), 6-5-1 against the spread and 3-6-3 over/under.
Alexandre Pato and Jhegson Mendez are out due to injury, but the rest of the team is ready to go. Their expected lineup is Pedro Gallese; Ruan Teixeira, Robin Jansson, Antonio Carlos, Joao Moutinho; Benji Michel, Junior Urso, Joey Dezart; Christopher Mueller, Nani; Daryl Dike.
Why Bet on CF Montreal?
Montreal sits in seventh place with 31 points thanks to an 8-7-8 record, 30 goals for and 28 against. Scores and odds haven’t been on their side lately, especially when playing on the road, but don’t rule them out.
Most recently, they lost 1-0 to Nashville SC at home. They didn’t win any of their last seven road games but were able to draw in the last two.
They really miss Mason Toye. He leads the team in scoring with seven goals but suffered a shoulder injury and will be out several months. Without him, there’s no doubt that Djordje Mihailovic is the team’s best player. He has scored four goals and leads the team in assists with seven.
Head coach Wilfried Nancy has also done a good job finding and debuting new talents. Toye is out, but he’s only 22 years old. They recently signed Ismael Kone to his first professional contract.
“I am very grateful to the club for this opportunity and I am more determined than ever to keep on progressing to win my place in the first team,” said Kone during his presentation. That’s the spirit and attitude Montreal needs for the second part of the season.
Montreal needs to start winning on the road to keep the Playoffs hope alive. They’re 2-4-6, 8-3-1 against the spread and 3-9 over/under.
Several players will be fully back after the international break, including Aljaz Struna and Romell Quioto. Besides Toye, Ballou Tabla and Lassi Lappalainen are also out due to injury. Their expected lineup is James Pantemis; Zorhan Bassong, Joel Waterman, Kamal Miller; Zachary Brault-Guillard, Ahmed Hamdy, Victor Wanyama, Romell Quioto; Joaquin Torres, Djordje Mihailovic, Bjorn Johnsen.
Final Analysis, Predictions
I expect a back-and-forth battle in Florida, but there’s no doubt that Orlando is the better team. They’ve developed more chemistry between all lines and they’ve transformed Exploria Stadium into a fortress. I expect an intense duel between Nani and Mihailovic.
Don’t forget to check the props our sportsbook is offering for this and other games to increase your winning chances. Both teams to score is offering a -125 price, so take it.
Score Prediction: Orlando City 2, CF Montreal 1