Major League Soccer: Orlando City vs San Jose Earthquakes
Orlando City Stadium – Saturday, April 21 2018 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
UK TV Coverage: Live on Sky Sports Football
Orlando City vs San Jose Earthquakes: Preview
The Lions started the season in worryingly bad form. They picked up just one point from two-straight home games to open the 2018 season, before losing away at NYCFC. However, since then they’ve picked up and have managed to put together three consecutive wins heading into Week 8.
Jason Kreis described last week’s 2-0 win at Philadelphia Union as Orlando’s “most complete game of the year” and he wasn’t wrong. They picked up their first clean sheet of the campaign and looked comfortable after racing to a two-goal lead before halftime. Sacha Kljestan was particularly impressive and will be looking to pull the strings again here.
— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) April 19, 2018
San Jose have perhaps been unfortunate to have won just one of their opening five matches. The Quakes have scored in all five games but have been conceding far too many. They’ve shipped ten so far – an average of two per game – and must shore up at the back to have any chance of building some form.
San Jose come into Saturday’s game off the back of a 2-2 home draw with Houston Dynamo. The Quakes led early before throwing away the advantage and required an 85th-minute Jahmir Hyka strike to earn a point. They have enough fight in the team but defensive quality has been evidently lacking so far.
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) April 16, 2018
Neither of these sides have yet to register a win over each other in MLS. The three previous clashes have all ended level, with last season’s lone meeting ending 1-1 at Avaya Stadium after late goals from Carlos Rivas and then Chris Wondolowski.
Orlando City vs San Jose Earthquakes: Team News
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: Scott Sutter (lower body), Jonathan Spector (concussion).
🚑 Out: Mason Stajduhar (Localized Ewing Sarcoma), RJ Allen (hamstring)
San Jose Earthquakes
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: None.
🚑 Out: Tommy Thompson (illness).
Orlando City vs San Jose Earthquakes: Key Stats
Orlando City’s MLS form: L/L/W/W/W
San Jose Earthquakes’s MLS form: W/L/L/D/D
Key stat: San Jose Earthquakes have not won away at an Eastern Conference side since August 2015 (2-0 at DC United).
Orlando City vs San Jose Earthquakes: Prediction
Orlando City 3-1 San Jose Earthquakes: Orlando will win this game if they can build on last week’s performance at Philadelphia. They have shown defensive frailties of their own this term but they were solid last week and should make the most of home advantage to pick up a first victory over the Quakes. San Jose will expect to find the net once again, but their problems at the back will make it difficult for them to leave with any points come the end of Saturday’s contest.