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Sunday brings us further action in the MLS with Orlando City travelling to Washington to take on DC United at Audi Field. Kickoff – 2000hrs (EST)
DC United head home to their Audi Field for this Sunday evening’s encounter with fellow Eastern Conference strugglers Orlando City, having gained a valuable point last weekend.
The hosts frustrated Montreal Impact in their previous match when they held the Play-Off candidates to a 1-1 draw which was a great point for DC United, and they’ll now be looking to build upon this result on Sunday.
The Washington outfit have produced some mixed results in recent weeks as they’ve collected wins against Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids but these victories have been offset by defeats to Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls.
However, these losses were understandable as they were inflicted upon them by the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, but DC United will look to this upcoming fixture at home against Orlando City as a great chance to pick up all three points here.
The home side really need a win in this one as they still sit firmly on the bottom of the Eastern Conference league table, five points adrift of tonight’s visitors, Orlando City, as well as Toronto FC and Chicago Fire.
There should be no need for DC United manager, Ben Olsen, to motivate his players ahead of this clash though, as all three points for his side could see them reduce the deficit on the teams above them to just two points.
Home Form & Team News
As mentioned earlier, DC United have recorded two recent wins over Vancouver and Colorado, and along with having won three of their last four on home turf, this augers well for this evening’s hosts.
Indeed, DC United’s fortunes have changed in recent times as they’ve suffered just one defeat in their first five league matches of the season on home soil , and they could yet lift themselves off the bottom of the Eastern Conference as they seem to be slowly turning the corner.
Sunday evening’s clash with Orlando City is the first of a three-game home stand for DC United, and with a promising looking home record of 3-1-1 8/5 to their names so far, they’ll no doubt be keen to make the most of their upcoming time at home I fancy.
The hosts will be glad to be home for sure having played 14 of their 19 matches so far this season on the road, so perhaps their current league position doesn’t paint the complete picture.
Forwards, Yamil Asad (9 goals) and Darren Mattocks (8 goals) along with creative midfielder Zoltan Stieber (4 goals, 6 assists) look the most likely to do damage in Orlando’s final third, as well as Luciano Acosta (8 assists).
Orlando City head for Washington on a poor sequence of results which has seen the visitors go four matches without a win, losing three of these.
The three recent defeats were against Columbus Crew 3-2, New York City 2-0 and LA Galaxy 4-3, while their one point that they’ve taken from the last possible 12 on offer was last week’s high-scoring 3-3 draw at home to New England Revolution.
As you can see, goals have featured prominently in Orlando’s recent matches, and Sunday night’s encounter at Audi Fields could be no exception with both teams keen to improve their current respective situations in the Eastern Conference.
Orlando City hold a five point margin ahead of bottom placed opponents, DC United prior to tonight’s clash, but more importantly for Orlando is the seven point margin that they’re adrift of sixth placed Montreal Impact and a possible Final Series play-off spot.
Not that Orlando’s current run of form warrants even a sniff of a play-off spot as they’ve registered just two wins from their last 15 matches overall, which were both recorded at their Orlando City Stadium with wins over Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC respectively.
It’s also been a staggering 17 matches without a clean sheet for the visitors whose last shut-out occurred away at Philadelphia Union in a 2-0 win way back in mid-April.
There’s never a dull moment where Orlando City are concerned either as they’ve been involved in a total of 89 goals to date so far this season, which is the highest amount of goals in the Eastern Conference.
Away Form & Team News
Orlando City’s away record reads a poor looking 2-0-9 13/31 and although they’ve recorded wins on the road at Philadelphia Union and Colorado Rapids, the successes have been far outweighed by the number of defeat that they’ve suffered so far.
The visitors are currently enduring a woeful eight-match losing streak on their travels, a sequence which has seen Orlando score 9 goals but concede a total of 28 goals in reply.
In addition, Orlando possess the worst defensive record away from home in the Eastern Conference (along with bottom club and tonight’s opponents, DC United), and the shoe may well be on the other foot tonight with DC United being on home turf.
The one glimmer of hope that Orlando manager, James O’Connor and his players will cling onto ahead of their trip to Washington is that they’ve picked up wins in each of their last two visits to Audi Field.
Orlando edged DC United in a recent Open Cup win on penalties in June as well as a 2-1 league win back in September of last year.
Forward, Dominic Dwyer (10 goals) is expected to spearhead Orlando’s attack once again where he’ll be looking to link up with creative midfielder Sacha Kljestan (5 goals, 5 assists), but it’s the defensive unit that are likely to come under heavy scrutiny here.
Although they sit bottom of the Eastern Conference, DC United have shown they’re capable of getting results on home turf, and they’ll be keen to make home advantage count back at Audi Field where they could exploit a very loose Orlando City defence.
The Bet: DC United -169
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