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There is MLS action happening on Saturday as Orlando City play Columbus Crew.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Orlando City v Columbus Crew can be found here - along with the latest match odds.
Orlando City are hoping to win again after their last result, the 0-1 MLS triumph vs FC Cincinatti.
In that match, Orlando City had 43% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 1 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Orlando City was Facundo Torres (44'). On the other side, FC Cincinnati got 13 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target.
It has not been often in recent times that Orlando City have shown defensive steel. The reality is that Orlando City have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 8 goals in the process.
Columbus Crew will go into this meeting after a 2-4 MLS win to beat Montreal Impact in their previous outing.
In that game, Columbus Crew had 54% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 4 on target. The scorer for Columbus Crew was Cucho Hernández (22', 43', 65'). On the other side, CF Montréal got 13 shots at goal with 6 on target. Gabriele Corbo (14' Own goal), Kwadwo Opoku (52') and Jules-Anthony Vilsaint (68') scored for Montreal Impact.
Indicating their penchant for productive encounters, goals have been seen as many as 20 times in the previous six matches in which Columbus Crew have taken to the pitch, making it an average of 3.33 goals per fixture. Their opponents have got 8 from this total. While that may be of interest, we will just have to wait and see whether the trend will persist here in this game.
Head to head
A review of their past head to head meetings dating back to 05/11/2020 shows that Orlando City have won 4 of these and Columbus Crew 1, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 1.
A lot of goals were also scored during this period, 22 overall at an average of 3.67 goals per meeting.
The previous league game between these clubs was MLS match day 16 on 13/05/2023 and the score finished Columbus Crew 2-2 Orlando City.
On that occasion, Columbus Crew had 59% possession and 22 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. Goals were scored by Darlington Nagbe (39') and Jacen Russell-Rowe (45').
At the other end, Orlando City got 9 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Ercan Kara (49') and Duncan McGuire (92') scored.
The referee was Drew Fischer.
Team News: Orlando City
Antônio Carlos (Leg Injury) and Gastón González (Hamstring Injury) will not be taking part for Orlando City gaffer Óscar Pareja.
Team News: Columbus Crew
In an otherwise healthy group, there’s only the lone fitness issue for the Columbus Crew boss Wilfried Nancy to contend with. Will Sands (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be in action.
In our view, Orlando City have it within them to convert a lot of goal-scoring opportunities.
At the same time, Columbus Crew will not find it easy finding the net themselves - but, we do see them getting the chances to score, too.
We’re therefore expecting to see a comfortable 3-1 win for Orlando City when the full-time whistle blows.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Exploria Stadium (25,500)
Captain: Mauricio Pereyra
Chairman: Mark Wilf
Manager: Óscar Pareja
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Eastern Conference)