Free MLS Pick: Crew vs Orlando
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Columbus Crew vs. Orlando City FC
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Columbus Crew vs Orlando City FC
Date: Saturday, August 19th
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, Florida,
MLS Moneyline Odds: Orlando +130, Columbus +190, Draw +255
MLS Spread Betting Odds: OFF
MLS Betting Total: 3
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Columbus can create some breathing space for themselves with a win. They are above the playoff cut line but Orlando is just below. The Crew have not been good on the road this season.
The Crew are coming off a big, big win beating the visiting Fire last weekend. They have not been as successful on the road though so it will be interesting to see if they can keep the good times rolling.
Columbus struggles to score but they do have three talented players in Ola Kamara, Justin Meram and Federico Higuain. Each of those players has found the back of the net 9 or more times but nobody else on the squad has more than three goals this season.
It is all or nothing when they play good defensive clubs.
The win over Chicago was a bit of a surprise and this is a great opportunity. Even though they are above the cut line they have a negative goal differential.
They have to start chipping away at that as there is less than a third of the season left. The Crew are definitely capable of beating this Orlando squad in this spot.
Orlando City FC
Orlando City has not been in good form of late. They have not won a match since June 30 and since then have just one match where they collected any points.
They are below the playoff cut line and this is a chance to collect some much needed points from a team they are chasing.
Their lack of form has been especially evident on the scoreboard. They have not scored more than one goal in a match since June 17. It is kind of hard to win when you essentially need a clean sheet to do so.
The weakness is glaring, only two teams in MLS have scored fewer goals.
Canadian Cyle Larin has been the only steady threat for Orlando. He has 9 goals but gets almost no support. Even changes they have made in personnel and style have yet to generate much offense.
Columbus is not the stingiest outfit though so perhaps they sneak something through.
There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to score. It forces players out of their comfort zone but the time for subtle manipulations are over. Their season is hanging in the balance.
Free Columbus Crew vs. Orlando City FC MLS Prediction:
I am going to ride the team in better form for this one and take the Crew. Even if they get down early they have enough firepower to roar back and get the victory.
Not as much of a payoff as in some other upset situations but that is what you get when the visitors are better than the home side.
4* Free MLS Betting Pick: Columbus Crew to win
Look for them to bring the same level of focus they did in beating the Chicago Fire to this one.
MLS Free Score Prediction: Columbus 2 – Orlando City 1
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