Orlando City on Downward Spiral Entering MLS Clash vs. Toronto

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 2:03 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018 2:03 PM UTC

The Lions have lost nine consecutive matches, virtually playing themselves out of playoff contention before the All-Star break. Let’s look at their next game and two other MLS matchups this weekend.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/soccer-betting/" title="Soccer Betting Forum">MLS: Matchday 20 Lookahead</a></h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/mls/orlando-city-sc-vs-toronto-fc-3411731/" title="Live Game Odds">Orlando City SC vs. Toronto FC (Saturday, 8 p.m. ET)</a></h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Free MLS Picks: Toronto FC PK (-118); Over 3 (-130)</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Best Lines Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4527&amp;book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a>; <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4519&amp;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a></h2><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3411731, "sportsbooksIds":[238,180,999996,1096,1275], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">Struggling Orlando City (6-1-11, 25 GF/41 GA) is in the throes of a nasty 9-game losing streak. New Lions head coach James O’Connor made his debut on July 7, seeing OCSC lose 4-1 to expansion side LAFC in Lipstick City. OCSC has been outscored 24-6 over this soul-sucking span which saw Dominic Dwyer (7 goals) and the Lions earn a draw and a win in U.S. Open Cup play. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Soccer Picks">So do we keep fading OCSC? Is water wet?</a> Does Jimmy Page know how to play guitar?</p><p dir="ltr">Looking at the L5 games between defending MLS champion Toronto FC (4-3-9, 24 GF/30 GA) and OCSC (TOR 2-1 OCSC, OCSC 1-3 TOR , TOR 2-1 OCSC, TOR 0-0 OCSC , OCSC 1-2 TOR) in this still relatively new Eastern Conference series, we see that Sebastian Giovinco (4 goals) and the Reds are an unbeaten 4-1-0 (9 GF/4 GA) in three 2-1 victories and four fixtures which saw at least 3 goals. Even with Jozy Altidore (foot surgery) still on the mend, Jonathan Osorio (6 goals), Víctor Vázquez (5 goals) and 10th-place TFC (1-2-6 on road) should be able to earn a draw or a win in the Sunshine State. <strong>Predicted final score:</strong> Toronto FC 3, Orlando City 2.</p><p dir="ltr"><img height="654" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/g9UY7ZYW1x3s7eg8wrPzA85P7T0V01pNbpbdaPbmbeBPahpRAatvNjcif5UcIlcIFlEaBXLfezUF2EkVleOh5GwDidKFNlDt2Z9g0uqlNfS--X-mIZ4pDTF--LajYt1s5KaSX8LC" width="602" /></p><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"> </h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/mls/new-york-city-fc-vs-columbus-crew-3411733/" title="Live Game Odds">New York City FC vs. Columbus Crew SC (Saturday, 7 p.m. ET)</a></h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Free MLS Picks: NYCFC (+106); Over 2½ (-154)</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Best Lines Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4527&amp;book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a>; <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4522&amp;book=Intertops" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Intertops</a></h2><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3411733, "sportsbooksIds":[238,180,999996,1096,1275], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">David Villa (8 goals) and NYCFC (10-4-4, 35 GF/24 GA) welcome Gyasi Zardes (11 goals) and the Crew (8-6-6, 24 GF/23 GA) to the Big Apple in a big Eastern Conference fixture for both sides with Columbus (DDLLWL) notching just one win in its L6 fixtures and NYCFC (WLWDWL) and outstanding GK Sean Johnson having allowed just 2 goals in its L4 home games (NYCFC 1-0 RBNY, NYCFC 2-1 TOR, NYCFC 1-1 ATL, NYCFC 3-0 OCSC) in a stadium that’s known for some high-scoring games.</p><p dir="ltr">Looking at the L5 meetings in this series (NYCFC 2-0 CLB, CLB 4-1 NYCFC, NYCFC 2-2 CLB, CLB 2-3 NYCFC, NYCFC 4-1 CLB), we see the Bronx Blues to be a healthy 4-0-1 (12 GF/9 GA) in four games with at least 4 total goals scored in four of the five with NYCFC 2-1-0 in the L3 at home. Here, Federico Higuaín (3 goals) and Columbus (2-3-4 on road) should probably find a way to score at least once, but expect playmaker Villa, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (8 goals), Max Morález (7 goals) and unbeaten-at-home NYCFC (9-1-0) to find a way to win the war against a club seemingly down some offensively compared to last season, with only two players with more than 1 goal. <strong>Predicted final score </strong>NYCFC 3, Crew 1.</p><p dir="ltr"><img height="73" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Ps7FtxdqxaFbsl3LhJE8hGhHNe2yMtpBY-GYDC6oQKpt6BAYT6datjh2aYJRBhpxeyBfc1NWcA5jNUcKzLlZVLAMv59tVTWXSCOiFcvFTeYbb0H49I-pnyu8vYs2UN8e30CQHJkU" width="624" /></p><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"> </h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/mls/atlanta-united-fc-vs-seattle-sounders-3411729/" title="Live Game Odds">Atlanta United vs. Seattle Sounders (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET)</a></h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Free MLS Picks: Atlanta United -1 (-125); Over 3 (-113)</h2><h2 dir="ltr" style="text-align:center">Best Lines Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4515&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a></h2><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3411729, "sportsbooksIds":[238,180,999996,1096,1275], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">Goal-machine Josef Martínez (18 goals), Miguel Almirón (8 goals) and Atlanta United FC (4-3-8, 24 GF/29 GA) host Clint Dempsey (1 goal) and Seattle (6-3-6, 31 GF/24 GA) in an inter-conference affair from Atlanta. The Sounders are 1-1-1 on the road, while Atlanta United is 1-1-1 at home. With Atlanta United having expanded into the MLS last season, these two clubs have met only once, in Seattle last season, in a game that ended 0-0. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HqyEHqEYho">Nothing from nothing leaves nothing</a>?</p><p dir="ltr">But we can probably expect a goal or five in this fixture in the loud and packed confines of Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the homeboys from Atlanta (DWDWLW) are starting to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp2OO4-ziak">get their groove on</a> again while Seattle (WLDLWD) has only one player with more than 2 goals (Will Bruin, 5), meaning this one could get ugly if the host Five Stripes can dictate the pace and/or score an early goal and ignite the packed crowd, likely the size of a big town (attendance 71,932 vs. OCSC last home match). <strong>Predicted final score:</strong> Atlanta United 3, Sounders 1.</p><p dir="ltr"><img height="137" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/yXrvwPvS7beL-NC_jsWoMx4WQDwza8U5qKIDwMiB5ifLmCrw6LrO-TiLwdpfDCXJ1k9zeuwIzECWjobNAv8yHz3fPzEzzfKLXj11i37lwyZh1lUZCZoHQZrakwdIPxY9BMxaKK-I" width="438" /></p>
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