New England will be playing hosts to Orlando City in a match between two Eastern Conference Playoffs hopefuls, with these sides being separated by just two points. With that said, it’s a good time to check out our MLS odds series, which includes our New England-Orlando prediction and pick we have laid out below.
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The New England Revolution is out of the playoffs as things stand right now. Their 19-point tally so far is just on the brink of the top seven, but they are still missing out. However, winning here would knock out Orlando and would give the Revolution a place in the playoffs, if the season ended today. On the other hand, Orlando’s 21 points keep them in fifth for now, but they were unable to secure their spot, even more, falling to Dallas at home in the last game. They have a chance here to solidify their spot and be more relaxed about their playoff status as the season continues.
As mentioned above, the New England Revolution are right there with the playoff teams, but they are just short of a playoff spot. This is fairly impressive, given the fact that New England had a four-game losing streak and, in that period, dropped five in six games. However, they fought back, and now, we can say that the Revolution are going to fight for the postseason, or at least that is how they look for now.
Their biggest reason for possibly winning this game is the fact they are playing at home. Generally speaking, they have been good at home, especially as of late. They are unbeaten in four games playing in Gilette Stadium, so we can expect them to be on their best form in this game as well. A few of those positive results also came against teams that are better than Orlando, so New England has a right to be confident in the positive result here.
However, the biggest reason for New England to possibly win this game is their form. As of right now, the New England Revolution last lost a game on April 23rd, playing away from home to DC United. Since then, three draws and three victories, giving the Revolution a true shot at a run to the MLS Cup playoffs. Now, they need to continue with this form and given the fact they are playing a similar team in quality, they should work hard for all three points here.
Orlando City are in a playoff spot, but they have been having inconsistency issues all season long. Their biggest win-streak was capped at two and they generally cannot string good or poor performances together. However, there are a few factors that could give them confidence before this match and they are indicators from their season that go, in principle, in Orlando’s favor.
They are playing away, which has worked out better for Orlando this season. At home, they have a 3-4 record, without draws, but away, they lost only one game and have three wins. It is clear that Orlando players play better away from their Exploria Stadium, so playing in Massachusets might suit them well. They need this victory to stay in the top seven, so that is just more motivation for them to go on.
Another important thing to mention is that Orlando never links two losses in a row this season. Almost, as a rule, they always win after a loss and after dropping a home game to FC Dallas this past matchday, Orlando might continue the tradition of this season. They just seem to bounce back and while they are not convincing wins, as all three of them were by a single goal each, it is still three points in the column of the Florida-based team.
This game will be heavily contested, as both teams are up there in terms of points and form. However, due to their tendency to win games after a loss, our final New England-Orlando prediction is an Orlando win at Gilette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.