MLS Preview and Prediction: Philadelphia Union vs Orlando City

Philadelphia Union vs Orlando City Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City 

Venue: PPL Park – Sunday, October 25 – 17:00 ET (21:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 13/10 – Draw 5/2 – Orlando City 19/10

Match Preview

Philadelphia Union welcome Orlando City to PPL Park in their final game of the regular season with the away side chasing an unlikely playoff spot.

Philadelphia haven’t had much to shout about this season but will be hoping to end on a high and deny Orlando any slim chance they have of making the knockout rounds.

The home side come into this one of the back of their 4-1 thumping at the hands of New York Red Bulls.

The have a lot to improve on for next season and will want to come back stronger in 2016 with a push for the playoffs.

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Orlando City can still make the playoffs, but they require New England Revolution to lose and an eight goal difference swing in their favour, unlikely, but stranger things have happened.

We can expect the away side to go for it from the off, that’s all they can do here, but they have to ensure they don’t leave themselves vulnerable at the back.

They come into this one off the back of their 2-1 win over New York City FC, their 5th win on the bounce, form which has seen a late playoff serge.

This has been a solid first season for Orlando and they have the potential to become a force in MLS.

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Team News

Philadelphia Union have three injury concerns. Jimmy McLaughlin, Brian Sylvester and Maurice Edu are all out. Steven Vitoria is suspended.

Orlando City have six injuries to deal with. Kevin Molino, Conor Donovan, Earl Edwards Jr. and Tally Hall are all out. Rafael Ramos and Tommy Redding are doubts.

Key Points

Philadelphia Union’s last five: L/W/D/L/L

Orlando City’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Orlando City have scored at least two goals in their last three MLS games.

Key Player: Kaka – The Brazilian masterclass has plenty of experience in the biggest games, if Orlando are to stand any chance of making the playoffs they need goals, Kaka obviously has the ability to provide and finish chances against any opponent.

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Score Prediction

Philadelphia Union 1-3 Orlando City – Orlando to push hard for the eight goal swing, but ultimately leave themselves suspect to the counter.

About Lewis Addley (634 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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