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Orlando City vs Sporting Kansas City - Goals predicted in clash of MLS strugglers

Orlando City and Sporting Kansas to battle to a stalemate in Florida
Orlando City vs Sporting Kansas City
A high scoring contest is predicted in MLS clash between Orlando City and Sporting Kansas (Getty Images)

Orlando City vs Sporting Kansas City Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


BTTS is the tip as Orlando City host Sporting Kansas City in a Major League Soccer fixture at the Exploria Stadium. Neither team has impressed in recent matches and often struggle at the back. I am tipping over 2.5 goals here at 1.70 while a draw is also predicted at odds of 3.30.

Orlando City FC Form & Team News


Orlando City are coming off a 1-1 draw at Toronto FC in their previous MLS outing. After a goalless first half, they took the lead through Benji Michel but were unable to hold on and conceded the equaliser midway through the second half.

James O'Connor’s men have had a torrid time this season as they sit outside the playoff places in the Eastern Conference. They are priced at 2.22 for a win on Thursday but with just one clean sheet in their last six MLS matches, I am tipping goals in this one.

Benji Michel could be handed a start on Thursday after coming off the bench to score at Toronto. He is likely to be joined in attack by Nani, who has found the net eight times in the MLS this season.

Orlando City FC
Orlando City FC have just one clean sheet in their last six MLS matches, making a high scoring result very likely (Getty Images)

Sporting Kansas City FC Form & Team News 


Sporting Kansas City suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Real Salt Lake last time out in the MLS. They took the lead just after the half hour mark through Johnny Russell but were pegged back with half time approaching before conceding the winner in the second half.

Peter Vermes' men have also struggled this season and are currently below the playoff places in the Western Conference.  A win in Orlando is valued at odds of 3.24 but with no clean sheet in their last four matches, goals should be expected here.

Johnny Russell is set to start in attack after netting his eighth goal of the season last time out against Real Salt Lake. Felipe Gutierrez is the top scorer for Kansas with 10 goals and should retain his place in midfield.

Orlando City vs Sporting Kansas City Head to Head


Sporting Kansas have a 3-2 edge with one draw from six previous matches against Orlando City. Three of the last four meetings have produced over 2.5 goals with the last fixture at the Exploria Stadium ending 2-2.

Orlando City vs Sporting Kansas City Match Up 


Nani is the top scorer for Orlando City with eight goals this season and will be the go-to-man on Thursday. He should combine well with Benji Michel to get the better of the Kansas defence that has conceded in their last four matches. 

Sporting Kansas often look to midfielder Felipe Gutierrez for goals having found the net 10 times this season. With Johnny Russell also in good form at the moment, the visitors should have enough to trouble a poor Orlando backline. 

Sporting Kansas City
Orlando City and Sporting Kansas City have seen over 2.5 goals in three of their last four meetings in the MLS (Getty Images)

Orlando City vs Sporting Kansas City Key Statistics


  • Orlando City and Sporting Kansas City have seen over 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 meetings (MLS).
  • Orlando City are unbeaten in 2 of their last 3 home matches (MLS).
  • Sporting Kansas City are unbeaten in 5 of their last 8 away matches (all competitions).

Verdict

Orlando City and Sporting Kansas City have been poor in recent matches and have struggled at the back. They are tipped to produce over 2.5 goals and battle to a draw.

Best Bet: Over 2.5 Goals @1.70 at bet365 - 3 Units
Value Bet: Draw @3.30 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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