Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. Columbus Crew
Venue: Citrus Bowl – Saturday, May 30 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST – Sunday, May 31)
Match Odds: Orlando City 5/4 – Draw 12/5 – Columbus Crew 21/10
Head coach Adrian Heath can be very happy with Orlando’s last two results as they picked up a valuable point in a 1-1 draw away at San Jose Earthquakes last weekend, and thrashed LA Galaxy 4-0 at home the week before.
The win over the Galaxy was the Lions’ first ever victory at home and they’re now sixth in the Eastern Conference standings with 13 points from their opening 12 games.Embed from Getty Images
If Orlando avoid defeat in this game, it will also be the first time they have strung together a run of three games without defeat.
Columbus Crew are fourth in the Eastern Conference with 15 points and drew their last game at home to the Chicago Fire in disappointing fashion as they let a two-goal lead slip, conceding a devastating last-minute equaliser to tie the game.
The Crew have managed just one victory in their last four games (D1, L2) and also haven’t won a game away from home yet this season, so they’ll be looking to break that trend (D2, L3).Embed from Getty Images
Gregg Berhalter’s Columbus side eased to a 3-0 victory when these two sides met in the reverse fixture in April, thanks to goals from Federico Higuain, Justin Meram and Kei Kamara.
Orlando City will be without Pedro Ribeiro (hamstring) and Kevin Molino, while Lewis Neal (neck), Tony Cascio (back) and Aurelien Collin (hamstring) are all doubts. Brek Shea will miss the game through suspension after his red card against San Jose.
Columbus Crew midfielders Wil Trapp (concussion) and Ethan Finlay (toe) are both doubtful.Embed from Getty Images
Orlando City’s last five: L/D/L/W/D
Columbus Crew’s last five: W/L/W/L/D
Key Stat: Columbus Crew have conceded at least two goals in their last four matches in MLS.
Key Player: Kaka – The Brazilian has been excellent in Orlando’s recent good performances and will be vital to his side once again.Embed from Getty Images
Orlando City 2-2 Columbus Crew – Orlando are full of confidence after their last two games and there’s always goals when Columbus play, but they just can’t win away from home. A high scoring draw could be the order of the day.