New York City vs Orlando City Match Analysis & Prediction
21/09/2023 2:30 am
One of the hottest teams in MLS, Orlando City, will make the trip to Citi Field in Queens to face New York City FC on Thursday morning.
A goalless draw at the Hudson River Derby against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday kept NYCFC four points behind the Easter Conference playoff line, while Orlando City extended their unbeaten run in league play to six matches by winning 4-3 against the Columbus Crew.
One third of New York City’s victories in the 2023 MLS campaign (2/6) have come at Citi Field, although they have picked up just one point in their last three leagie matches played there, scoring only twice and conceding six times over that stretch.
Throughout the campaign, Nick Cushing’s side have struggled in the attacking third with so much talk about needing a number nine, but despite all of their signings during the previous transfer window, scoring continues to be a problem for them, with just three goals in their last six competitive matches.
New York City have only scored multiple times in four domestic home games this year, including twice at Citi Field, while they have suffered just one defeats in Queens against an Eastern Conference opponent in the regular season or playoffs (3-1 defeat to the Philadelphia Union in May 2023).
Meanwhile, Orlando have transformed from a side that for the longest time were just grinding out results to one who are now dictating the majority of their matches, while showing a lot more quality, scoring in eight of their last nine MLS affairs.
Oscar Pareja has orchestrated this transformation, with his side scoring 45 goals to this point of the domestic campaign – the third-most for this franchise in the MLS regular season – and with 50 points so far, they are just a point away from equalling their highest total set in 2021 and have six games left to try and set that record.
Fifteen of their 21 goals scored on the road in this competition have come in the final 45 minutes of a game, with the Lions leading the league in away victories this year (seven).
New York City vs. Orlando City Head to head
In the 26 previous meetings between these two teams, New York City have claimed eight victories while Orlando City have won 10, and they have drawn in eight. Orlando have scored 33 goals and conceded 43 in the process.
09/05/2021Orlando City1New York City1MLS
26/07/2021New York City5Orlando City0MLS
29/08/2022Orlando City2New York City1MLS
02/10/2022New York City2Orlando City1MLS
18/05/2023Orlando City1New York City1MLS
New York City Team News
Maxi Moralez remains unavailable for New York City due to a ruptured ACL, while Keaton Parks was taken off their match last Saturday with an apparent ankle injury.
Matias Pellegrini will be suspended for this match after receiving another caution against New York Red Bulls.
New York City's Last 5 Matches
21/08/2023New York City0Minnesota United2MLS
27/08/2023Cincinnati3New York City0MLS
31/08/2023New York City2Montreal0MLS
02/09/2023New York City1Vancouver Whitecaps1MLS
16/09/2023New York City0New York RB0MLS
Orlando City Team News
Gaston Gonzalez will be a doubt for Orlando City with a sore left thigh, while Favian Loyola missed their weekend match due to an issue in his left arm.
Antonio Carlos was unavailable due to a right lower leg injury, while Wilder Cartagena is eligible to return from suspension.
Orlando City's Last 5 Matches
21/08/2023Chicago Fire1Orlando City3MLS
27/08/2023Orlando City2St Louis City1MLS
17/09/2023Orlando City4Columbus Crew3MLS
New York City vs. Orlando City: Odds and Predictions
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