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MLS Preview and Prediction: Orlando City vs Toronto FC

Orlando City vs Toronto FC Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. Toronto FC

Venue: Citrus Bowl – Wednesday, August 24 – 19:30 BST (00:30 ET)

Match Odds: Orlando City 13/10 – Draw 12/5 – Toronto 15/8

Match Preview

Orlando City welcome Toronto to Citrus Bowl on Wednesday night as these two sides play out a game in hand.

If Orlando avoid defeat in this tie they will move up into 6th in the Eastern Conference but will have played a game more than DC in doing so.

Jason Kreis will be relatively pleased with a point last time out against Colorado who have proved to be tough opposition this season. However, worryingly for Orlando, they have won just once in their last nine outings.

Orlando won the last meeting between these sides at the Citrus Bowl in dramatic fashion just two months ago. A late Kaka penalty saw them take all three points and they will be hoping for a repeat of that victory to keep their challenge for a playoff place in the balance.

New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City

Toronto FC come into this one battling at the top of the Eastern Conference. They are in second place but can go top with a win. This is a great opportunity for them to start their push for a top spot finish in the East but there is still a lot of work to do.

Greg Vanney will be confident of Toronto’s chances in this one, they have scored at least twice in their last four ties against Orlando in all competitions.

Toronto have been in incredible form of late, they’re unbeaten in their last six games, winning five. This will be tough tie away from home but they’re the inform team.

This is one of three remaining away games for Toronto this season, a win here will put them in a really strong position to go on and finish top in the East.

Team News

Orlando City have six injury concerns heading into this tie as Pedro Ribeiro, Harrison Heat, Rafael Ramos and Cristian Higuita are all out, while Kevin Molino and Matias Perez Garcia are doubts.

Toronto could be without seven through injury as Clint Irwin and Mark Bloom are out, while Benoit Cheyrou, Will Johnson, Eriq Zavaleta, Justin Morrow and Daniel Lovitz are all doubtful for this tie.

Key Points

Orlando City’s last five: D/W/L/D/D

Toronto’s last five: W/W/W/D/W

Key Stat: Form – Toronto are unbeaten in their last six, picking up 16 points out of a possible 18.

Key Player: Cyle Larin – Orlando’s goalscorer has netted 12 in 23 games this season and his teammates will be hoping they can supply him so he can come up with the goods to propel them to three points here.

New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City Cyle Larin

Score Prediction

Orlando City 2-2 Toronto – Despite Orlando City’s poor form over recent weeks they have the ability to frustrate Toronto here. A draw isn’t the worst result for either side but both will be desperate for a win here, which ultimately could cause them to make mistakes.

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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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