In good form and boasting a strong record in recent encounters, Al Hain-Cole expects Torrent’s men to defeat a Lions team lacking in preparation
Orlando City and New York City will face off for a place in the US Open Cup semi-finals when they meet at Exploria Stadium on Wednesday.
The Lions have never reached the final four of this competition, going out at this stage in two of their four previous campaigns.
Nevertheless, they are 11/8 (2.38) favourites with bet365 to progress to the semis by coming out on top here.
Domenec Torrent’s team fell to their first defeat in 15 fixtures at home to Portland Timbers at the weekend, but are priced at 15/8 (2.88) to bounce straight back with a win.
The last two encounters between this pair have both resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on this one heading into extra-time after another stalemate.
Robin Jansson and Sacha Kljestan are available for Orlando after missing the last match due to suspension, although Cristian Higuita and Joao Moutinho remain injury doubts.
Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and Alexandru Mitrița are doubtful after both missing the Portland game, while Maxi Moralez, Maxime Chanot, Taty Castellanos, Alex Ring are all injured. Alexander Callens and Sean Johnson are unavailable following international duty.
Having seen Saturday’s match against Philadelphia Union pushed back to Sunday due to inclement weather, James O’Connor’s team suffered another blow to their Open Cup preparations when plane trouble prevented them from travelling home until Monday.
This is hardly an ideal backdrop for a game against a team that has only suffered two defeats in 19 fixtures this season, and comes into this clash unbeaten in seven on the road.
What’s more, New York boast an impressive record in recent head-to-head encounters, having lost none of the most recent six.
All in all, those 15/8 (2.88) odds are surely worth backing on NYCFC inflicting upon Orlando a fourth defeat in six home matches.
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New York City to win for a 1pt stake at 15/8 (2.88) with bet365