Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. New York Red Bulls
Venue: Orlando City Stadium – Sunday, April 9 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)
Match Odds: Orlando 13/10 – Draw 12/5 – New York Red Bulls 9/5
Orlando City play host to New York Red Bulls on Sunday. The Lions have won both of their home games at Orlando City Stadium and will be hoping to make it into a fortress this season.
Despite playing the least amount of games in the Eastern Conference Orlando are in a good place already this season. They sit 5th having won two of their three fixtures.
Orlando do come into this one off the back of their first defeat of the season and are going to need to perform better this time around. Their squad is riddled with injuries but they have showed great resilience already this season without key faces.
New York Red Bulls started the season with back-to-back victories but have failed to win since. They come into this one off the back of a 4-1 thumping away at Houston.
Jesse Marsch needs his side to pick up a positive result here. Orlando will be two points ahead having played two games less and it’s important to get points on the board as early as possible.
If RBNY can pick up a win here they put themselves in a really strong position to work their way to the top of the standings as they have three home games in a row coming up.Embed from Getty Images
Orlando City have been hit by an injury crisis as Tony Rocha, Kaká, Seb Hines, Rafael Ramos and Jose Aja are all out.
New York Red Bulls are also missing some key faces as Gideon Baah, Gonzalo Veron, while Aurelien Collin is a doubt.
Orlando City’s form: W/W/L
New York Red Bulls’s form: W/W/L/D/L
Key Stat: New York Red Bulls have conceded more goals in their last game (4) than Orlando have all season (3).
Key Player: Cyle Larin – The Orlando City forward has all three of their goals this season.Embed from Getty Images
Orlando City 2-2 New York Red Bulls – Orlando’s games have seen little action in terms of goals this season but New York’s games have been the opposite. With that and Orlando’s injuries in mind, this one could be eventful.