Winning back-to-back MLS championships isn’t easy and Columbus Crew is realizing that. After winning the last MLS Cup, the Crew is currently fighting to get into the Playoffs zone. That’s right, if the season was to end today, we’d have a new champ for sure. Fortunately for Columbus, there are still many games to play.
Columbus’ next test will be on the road against a team that is fighting for second place in the Eastern Conference. Orlando City has had an amazing season, but they still have a long way to secure finishing among the top three.
Let’s take a look at the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer odds for Orlando vs Columbus.
Game: Orlando City vs Columbus Crew
Location: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Time: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Television: Fox 35 Plus
Live Stream: MLS Live on ESPN+
Major League Soccer Betting Lines
|Orlando City||-½ -150||-150||2½ -120o||1½ -125o/-105u|
|Columbus Crew||+½ +120||+425||2½ -110u||½ -200o/+160u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 14
- Orlando City Victories: 6 (22 goals)
- Columbus Crew Victories: 5 (22 goals)
- Draws: 3
The teams met for the last time in 2020. Orlando City defeated Columbus Crew 2-1 at Exploria Stadium with goals from Chris Mueller and Benji Michel. The home side managed to win despite losing Nani (red card) at the beginning of the second half.
Both won four of their last 10 meetings. Orlando scored 13 goals while Columbus scored 15. Also, both finished with a clean sheet twice. The total went over in five of those games.
Columbus defeated Orlando for the last time in 2018, but the most important thing when betting online is the present.
Why Bet on Orlando City?
Orlando City has lost only four games. They sit in second in the Easter Conference place with 35 points thanks to a 9-8-4 record. They’ve scored 30 goals and allowed 24.
Most recently, they drew 0-0 with Inter Miami, extending their non-losing streak to six games. The Lions have kept clean sheets in each of their last two matches. They’ll try to make it three in a row for the first time ever.
Offensively, they’ve the ability to score in many ways. However, six of their last eight goals have been scored via headers. That strength is particularly useful in the final minutes of each game.
Individually, Nani leads the team in scoring with nine goals. The veteran wing has proved he still has plenty of gas in the tank. He’s also very valuable as a mentor to the players who are coming from the academy.
Orlando has been way better when playing at home. They own a 6-4-1 record, 5-5-1 against the spread and 2-6-3 over/under.
Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese will be the main absence due to the World Cup qualifiers. Their expected lineup is Mason Stajduhar; Ruan Teixeira, Robin Jansson, Antonio Carlos, Joao Moutinho; Benji Michel, Junior Urso, Joey Dezart; Christopher Mueller; Nani, Tesho Akindele.
Why Bet on Columbus Crew?
When it comes to online gambling, you always have to respect the reigning champions. The Columbus Crew has had a rocky season, but they still are fighting to get into the postseason. In fact, they’re one victory away from the Playoffs zone.
Most recently, they defeated Cincinnati FC 3-2 thanks to a late goal from Miguel Berry. He has been sensational alongside Lucas Zelarayan in the last couple of games. They ended a six-game losing streak and regained some confidence right on time.
“I’m a striker, you have to be opportunistic, especially the way we play. I find a way and opportunities to get on it. I’m thankful, but obviously need to keep working and keep making steps forward,” said Berry after their last game.
If they want to remain in the race, they’ve to start winning on the road. They are 2-3-6, 3-7-1 against the spread and 3-8 over/under and have lost three in a row on the road.
Liam Fraser and Jonathan Mensah are out due to the World Cup qualifiers. The rest of the team is ready to go. Their expected lineup is Eloy Room; Saad Abdul-Salaam, Harrison Afful, Vito Wormgoor, Waylon Francis; Miguel Berry, Darlington Nagbe, Pedro Santos, Lucas Zelarayan, Luis Diaz; Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Final Analysis, Predictions
Orlando City deserves to be the favorite, but Columbus Crew is on the rise. Neither will be much affected by the WCQ, which is why I expect both to keep an intense rhythm. I expect a close one, with Orlando taking the reins and the Crew on the counterattack.
I also expect plenty of goals. Columbus’ last two games went over 2½ and that’s why the football prediction is a draw with the total going over. Don’t forget to check the props for this and other games to increase your winning chances.
Score Prediction: Orlando City 2, Columbus Crew 2