Orlando City take on Toronto FC on Saturday night in what should be an entertaining Eastern Conference clash. The Lions have had a decent start to the season but have been inconsistent of late, picking up two wins, two defeats and a draw from their last five fixtures.
Toronto had a great start to 2019, winning their first three games on the bounce and remained unbeaten after their first four. They have recently hit a rocky patch having lost two of their last three and they’re conceding goals by the bucket load after letting in ten in their last four.
Orlando drew 1-1 with NYCFC last time out in a game in which they took the lead and Nani scored in his fourth successive game. Toronto suffered a disappointing home defeat against the Portland Timbers who have been struggling in the West. TFC opened the scoring but the game was turned on its head by Portland’s Bill Tuiloma and Jeremy Ebobisse.
The Lions were victorious last time these two met which was at the Orlando City Stadium back in July 2018. Orlando won 2-1 thanks to goals from Chris Schuler and Dom Dwyer who they hope will have another influential impact this weekend.
Orlando currently sit in 6th in the Eastern Conference and would climb above Toronto if they can manage to get a win over them. TFC are in a good position though as they sit nicely in 4th on 13 points whilst holding an advantage over those above them as they have three games in hand. If the Canadian side can win all three, they will lead the conference comfortably and will be well on their way to recovering from last season’s disastrous campaign where they failed to make the playoffs.
The hosts are expected to be without Alex De John and Carlos Ascues who are both doubtful having picked up Hamstring problems. Forward Dom Dwyer could make his return to Orlando’s starting line-up having been listed as a substitute during their trip to New York last weekend.
Toronto don’t have a lengthy injury list as they have just one player out by it’s a painful absentee as reliable striker Jozy Altidore remains on the side-lines with a hamstring injury and he won’t be back in the team for three weeks.
The first bet I like the look of is a home win for Orlando City at 2.05. The Lions have won their last two at home and they’re preparing to take on Toronto who have a poor record on the road, losing five of their last six.
Over 3.5 goals at 2.30 looks good value as Toronto have been scoring and conceding in vast numbers. There have been four or more goals as well as both teams to score in seven of TFC’s last eight games.
I fancy Nani to continue his goalscoring form and find the net against Toronto which is priced at 2.62. The Portuguese forward has registered a minimum of two shots on target in five straight games, so he should provide himself with a good chance of scoring again this weekend.
Nani is currently on a four-game scoring streak and has been a revelation since his arriving in Orlando from Sporting Lisbon. The former Manchester United man has scored five goals developed an intriguing and successful partnership with Dom Dwyer who should return to the starting line-up for this game.
Orlando City to win @ 2.05
Over 3.5 goals @ 2.30
Nani to score @ 2.62