Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. New York City FC
Venue: Orlando Citrus Bowl – Friday, October 16 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: Orlando City 19/20 – Draw 14/5 – New York City 5/2
This will be the third meeting between Orlando and NYCFC this year and is a repeat fixture of both sides’ opening games as MLS teams.
Orlando will be looking to win a fifth straight game to keep their playoff hopes alive heading into the final weekend of the season. They are four points off Montreal, who occupy the last remaining spot in the Eastern Conference, so a loss here would end their hopes for good.
Orlando City’s MLS record: P32 – W11 – D8 – L13
New York City had their hopes of an inaugural playoff run ended with their 2-1 defeat to DC United last week and will now be looking to finish strong. They had won three in a row before last weekend’s defeat and have certainly improved as the season has gone on.
Orlando know a win will put them just one point behind Montreal, before the Impact play away at New England on Saturday, but New York City will be out to end the Lions’ season early.
New York City’s MLS record: P32 – W10 – D7 – L15
The last meeting between the two ended in a 5-3 win for NYCFC at Yankee Stadium, with the sides sharing a point in their opening MLS game back in March.
Orlando have several injury worries coming into this one. Kevin Molino, Conor Donovan and Earl Edwards Jr. are all out for the season. Corey Ashe, Rafael Ramos and Tommy Redding are all doubts. The biggest worry will be that Kaka is suspended for the game, along with Brek Shea.
New York City have two suspensions of their own to worry about as Jason Hernandez and RJ Allen are both ruled out. George John and Tony Taylor are ruled out through injury, while Shay Facey and Andoni Iraola are doubts.
Orlando City’s last five: L/W/W/W/W
New York City’s last five: L/W/W/W/L
Key Stat: There have been 10 goals in the two meeting between the MLS Expansion sides this season.
Key Player: Cyle Larin – The Canadian rookie has taken MLS by storm in his debut season. He now has 15 goals and has four in his last two.
Orlando City 2-1 New York City FC – This is a bigger game for Orlando than it is for NYCFC and the home crowd will be out to roar their side to victory. Orlando haven’t beaten their expansion franchise in two previous encounters but should prevail here, keeping their playoff hopes alive for at least another 24 hours.