MLS Props, Odds & Predictions: Orlando City FC vs. New York Red Bulls

Kevin Stott

Monday, July 13, 2015 1:37 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 13, 2015 1:37 PM UTC

The New York Red Bulls have been playing some pretty good soccer of late, but will definitely be tested on Saturday night against Orlando SC. Here's our betting preview & soccer pick!

Odds Overview
New York Red Bulls at Orlando City FC (MLS Live, MSG, FOX 35/MY65, Sun Sports (USA); 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT):

The New York Red Bulls (7-5-6, 27 GF-23 GA) head south to the Sunshine State on Saturday to face host Orlando City (6-6-7, 23 GF-24 GA) in this MLS Eastern Conference Week 22 battle from the Citrus Bowl in sunny Orlando. Soccer odds makers have made the host Orlando City -137 favorites here over the visiting Red Bulls (+187) with the Draw priced at +229 (bet365). The Total Goals has been set at 2½, with the vigorish priced at -110 for prospective bothe Over and Under bettors (William Hill). Some Props wagers for this weekend game: Both Teams To Score: ‘Yes’ -150, ‘No’ +110 (bet365); Draw No Bet: Orlando City -137, New York Red Bulls +100 (bet365); and, To Win To Nil: Orlando City +333, New York Red Bulls +450 (bet365).


New York Red Bulls FC
On Saturday night in Week 21 at Red Bull Arena, the New York Red Bulls (2-3-4 Away, 13 GF-15 GA) jumped all over the New England Revolution, scoring 3 goals in the first 12 minutes—two from star striker Bradley Wright-Phillips (8 goals)—en route to an easy 4-1 victory, a win which helped the Red Bulls leapfrog the visitors into 2nd place in the East. The Red Bulls (8/1 to win MLS Cup, BetVictor) are led on Defense by 31-year-old GK Luis Robles, while on the attack, besides the talented Wright-Phillips, New York features Lloyd Sam (5 goals)—who had a goal against slumping New England—Anatole Abang (3 goals), forward Mike Grella (4 goals), Sacha Kljestan (2 goals) and Felipe Martins (1 goal). The Red Bulls (26 points) have now won 3 of their L4 and are feeling good about themselves, although trying to catch the Eastern Conference-leading DC United (35 points) may be a stretch and will require some kind of slump from DCU in the second half of the season.

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Orlando City SC
Despite having such great fans and leading the MLS in attendance at Home here at the Citrus Bowl in O-Town, first-year expansion club Orlando City (3-3-4 at Home, 12 GF-11 GA) has yet to really establish that big Home-pitch advantage most soccer teams evolve over a period of Time. For the Lions and 33-year-old Brazilian designated player Kaká (9 goals), that time will surely come—maybe with the building of a new stadium and a year or two experience in the league—but for now, Orlando City (Highest odds 16/1 to win MLS Cup, BetVictor) still has more losses (4) here at home than wins (3) and is sitting in just a +1 goal differential (12-11). Besides the talented Kaká, the Lions look to Cyle Larin (2 goals) and 6-foot-4, 207-pound Brazilian Pedro Ribeiro (2 goals) for goals, but those are the only three players on the Orlando SC roster now with multiple goals with Darwin Cerén (1 goal), Aurélien Collin (1 goal) and Santos Laguna-loanee Eric Avila (1 goal) accounting for the other Lions tallies. Rumors of Orlando City SC going after Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernández cropped up on Sunday, and this team could really use someone like the 27-year-old Mexican sensation who has one year left on his Red devils contract and who was loaned out to Real Madrid in La Liga last season. With limited firepower, Lions GK Donovan Ricketts has had to be at his best and the club’s 24 goals allowed is currently tied for the third-best mark in the conference.


Current Form, Series Trends, Conclusions
This is the first meeting ever between these two teams, and this is a big game, especially for Orlando City, in terms of confidence, learning how to protect a Homefield advantage and in trying to get those precious 3 points and stay in the thick if the playoff race in the East. The Red Bulls (Current Form: LLLWWLW) have been getting scoring from Wright-Phillips, so the visitors should be able to get a goal here in Orlando City (Current Form: DWWLWDL), although getting the Win may prove to be difficult with both teams not really knowing what the other is like on the field yet and no real rivalry created. This one is a tough handicap that may be best left alone at the betting windows but there could be value in the Under (2½ -110, William Hill) or maybe even the Draw (+250, BetVictor, highest odds) if you feel the need to play this game. If I had to pick a side, it seems taking New York on the Draw No Bet line (+100, bet365) would seem like the best soccer pick here.

Predicted Final Score: Orlando City 1 New York Red Bulls 1
MLS Soccer Picks: Under 2½ -110 (William Hill), Red Bulls Draw No Bet +100 (bet365))

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