Winless Orlando City travel to New York to take on a Red Bulls side off the back of a terrific 4-1 win against San Jose. Can Orlando get a result or will it be one way traffic in The Big Apple?
Red Bull Arena affect
NYRB have made home a fortress and it’s become one of the most difficult places to visit for any MLS side. It’s a trip made even more daunting by Orlando’s rotten away record. Red Bulls have won their last nine home matches in Major League Soccer and they’ll fancy increasing that to double figures against an Orlando side who haven’t achieved a win on the road in 15 attempts, a quite astounding record.
The retrospective records are personal as well, New York have won their last four home games against Saturday’s visitors. They were slick and creative in attack last time out, and we could see a similar performance here against an Orlando defence that has conceded six goals in their first three games. Especially with Bradley Wright-Phillips leading the line, the Englishman is well stablished and well feared over in The States and was on target last time out. He’ll be supported by Daniel Royer who also found the net and Alex Muyl who bagged a brace to help take The Bulls from 1-0 down to a 4-1 success.
Wright-Phillips is the bookies favourite for a goal, priced at just 1.8 anytime. Alex Muyl could be excellent value at 2.8 anytime to pick up from where he left off last time out.
Goals look likely
It’s early on in the season, so you can’t get too hung up on averages, but these two already look like producing a glut of goals when they meet. The hosts have scored five in their two matches, but have also conceded in both games, Orlando may have conceded six so far but they have managed to score four of their own as well. Wright-Phillips isn’t the only dangerous Englishman who’ll feature in this game. The evergreen Dom Dwyer turns out for Orlando and has been consistently amongst the goals in the MLS for a number of years now and is a superb finisher. He has the ammunition to be provided with the opportunities as well, as he has one of the finest players in the league operating in behind him in the form of Nani. The former Manchester United man was Orlando’s marquee signing this summer and although he’s not had the most exceptional start; his quality is clear to see and throughout his career he’s always had the ability to produce something out of nothing. One excellent pass or long distance effort could completely change this game, it’s the kind of X Factor that despite their overall strength; New York don’t possess. The Portuguese playmaker is 4.5 anytime for a goal and out at 13.0 to open the scoring.
Sensible to side with Red Bulls
You can’t bet against a side that has won nine in a row at home, against a side who haven’t won in 15 on the road. There is no doubt that Orlando have the ability to cause a stir and I can see them scoring, particularly with the talent they’ve got going forward. However their defence isn’t strong enough to stop such a strong Red Bulls side who will be keen to show their credentials for being one of the league’s top sides. A Red Bulls win and both teams to score is handsomely priced at 2.5, the hosts have already shown that they can find an extra gear when they concede and will go all the way to the final whistle so it’ll be a tough job for the visitors to get anything out of this.
Bradley Wright-Phillips to score first @ 4.5
Both teams to score @1.57
New York Red Bulls to win and over 2.5 goals @ 1.8