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MLS Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City

New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Orlando City

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Wednesday, July 13 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: NY Red Bulls 8/15 – Draw 100/30 – Orlando 9/2

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls welcome Eastern Conference rivals Orlando City to Red Bull Arena on Wednesday evening in one of six regular season midweek games.

The Red Bulls saw their five-game home winning streak come to an end at the weekend as they only managed a 0-0 draw with Portland.

That result has left New York Red Bulls without a win in their last four, drawing two and losing two. They are currently fourth in the East, trailing top spot by six points.

New York have been very tough to break down at Red Bull Arena and have kept five consecutive clean sheets. They will be feeling confident of getting back to winning ways in this tie.

Orlando City have struggled for form on the road in recent weeks and their winless away run has extended to six games.

OCSC come into this one off the back of their 0-0 draw with Houston and have now managed just one win in their last six outings.

Orlando are now sitting eighth in the East, one point outside the playoff places and three points off the Red Bulls heading into this tie, so a victory would push them right back into the mix.

Worryingly for Orlando, they have conceded at least two goals in their last six games on the road. They’ll know they cannot afford to give the Red Bulls anything to boost their confidence early in this tie otherwise they risk seeing their struggles on the road worsen.

New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City

Team News

New York Red Bulls could still be without as many as three players as Damien Perrinelle, Kemar Lawrence and Tyler Adam are all carrying injuries. Aurelien Collin and Chris Duvall are both set to return after they served their suspensions last time out.

Orlando City have three injury concerns heading into this tie, as Pedro Ribeiro and Kaka are both still expected to be out, while Rafael Ramos is a doubt.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ last five: W/L/D/L/D

Orlando City’s last five: D/D/W/L/D

Key Stat: New York Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last six home matches in Major League Soccer, winning five and drawing the other.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The Red Bulls forward has netted five in his last six games at Red Bull Arena. He will be eager to get back amongst the goals here after going two games without hitting the back of the net.

New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City Bradley Wright-Phillips

Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-1 Orlando City – New York Red Bulls to continue the theme of putting two goals past Orlando City as a visiting side. This looks like it has the makings of a tight tie with New York likely to edge it considering their strong home form.

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About Lewis Addley (592 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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