Columbus Crew vs Orlando City Pick
Orlando to win or draw, both teams to score
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Columbus Crew and Orlando City. Prediction
Columbus Crew won last meeting, however that could change this weekend. The last time these two sides drew a game was back in 2017 when the match ended 1-1 – a similar scoreline is on the cards this weekend.
Crew played one of their best matches last season on the Lower.com field. Derrick Etienne Junior and Miguel Berry scored first to give the home team a lead of 2-0. Then, Daryl Dike made it 2-1 from the spot.
Orlando was determined to score an equalizer but Lucas Zelarayan scored a third goal for the home team just after the hour. Robin Jansson pulled one back for the away team, but the match ended in injury time.
Crew fans are hoping for the same result this weekend. However, Orlando has a slight edge due to their form. Orlando has also won 6 of the last 10 games these sides have played and that gives them another edge. Both teams will score. It is possible for them to win a close game. The last two meetings between the sides ended in a tie 2-2.
Columbus Crew Must Find Their Mojo again
Columbus Crew’s undefeated start was shaky, but it has now come to an abrupt end. The Crew has lost both of their league matches, and they need to rebound.
The Crew opened the season by beating Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0. They looked like an experienced team that was ready to compete for the top spot. However, they drew 3-3 with 10-men San Jose Earthquakes, and it was obvious that cracks were beginning to appear in their tactics.
They won 2-1 over Toronto FC, but lost momentum against New York Red Bulls.
Things haven’t been good for them in the past, with losses to Nashville SC (and Philadelphia Union) following. Caleb Porter, their manager, has not been able get any changes from his pitch-handlers. The defense is looking far from its peak.
The Crew managed to keep hold of the ball for the majority of their games and average over 58% possession this season. They are unable to pass in the opposing half when it comes down to passing. Their pass success rate drops from 90% to 74% once they cross the halfway line, and that will be a big concern for Porter as the drop is a drastic one.
In defense, players have been struggling to communicate clearly. As a team, they have had difficulty finding rhythm and have been unable to communicate well, which has led them to concede too many goals. Although Eloy Room’s performance has been good, it was Eloy’s own goal that allowed Philadelphia Union to win 1-0. The crew had nearly 70% of the ball in the game, took 19 shots at goal, and had 8 corners.
However, the defense from the home team was strong and they couldn’t create any big chances. The Union’s shot stopper Andre Blake stopped all four of their shots.
So it is clear that the Crew has a lot of work ahead. It might be difficult to manage in a match which tends to move at an erratic pace.
Orlando City Looks Good in Their Upward Pus
While the city did not have the most successful start to the season, they still won against CF Montreal. Alexandre Pato and Benji Michel scored early in the second half before both sides were reduced to 10 men. Romell Quioto was shown the marching orders just after the hour mark before Robin Jansson got his second yellow in the 81st minute and reduced Orlando to 10 men as well.
They were held to a goalless draw at Chicago Fire, before FC Cincinnati beat them 2-1 at home. They were able to rebound with a win over LA Galaxy of 1-0. The joy of the win was fleeting as Portland Timbers held them down to a draw and Los Angeles FC defeated them 4-2.
Their form has always been part of a trend – every time they lose, they get the win. This is what happened to them last weekend against Chicago Fire. Although this isn’t the kind of consistency Oscar Pareja expects from his players at this point, second in the Eastern Conference is still a solid return so he won’t be too concerned about the future.
Similar to their rivals this week, Orlando City’s pass success rates drop dramatically after they cross the halfway mark. They too manage just 74% passing success in the opposition half despite having over 90% in their half. Crosses have been made at a success rate of 28%, and they do not attempt a lot during the games, averaging just 5 per match.
While their midfield and attack have a lot to work on, their defense is not as good. In their seven matches, they have kept 4 clean sheets. The defense has yet to concede a goal in three of their matches, and they have only won 3. The defenders have been defeated in two of three matches where they conceded goals. Their only point came in the draw with Portland Timbers, which was a 1-1. They seem to be at the top of their game and have only made one mistake that directly contributed to a goal this year.
They average 15 tackles a game, which is complemented with over 15 clearances. He is very well protected and averages two saves per game – which ranks him among the worst in the league.
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How to Watch Columbus Crew vs Orlando City
Columbus Crew vs Orlando City Information Teams Columbus Crew vs Orlando City Location Lower.com Field Time Saturday, April 16 at 7. 30 pm EST How to watch MLS LIVE on ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN, Bally Sports Ohio, Fox 35 Plus