If we were to consider how well New England Revolution and Orlando City have done this season, we’d say that they have both been a touch better than expected. However, they have yet failed to blow fans away. It’s certainly not through a lack of effort though, especially from the home team.
New England Revolution have turned around a terrible couple of months and made huge improvements in June and July, winning five of their last seven MLS season games. They are also lossless since the beginning of May. Is it too late for them to really make 2019 a year to remember? If they carry on improving at this rate, anything is possible.
Unfortunately for Orlando City – and what is really dividing these two in the eyes of bookmakers – they have not managed a similar comeback. They retain the sporadic results that plagued their opponents a few months back.
New England Revolution vs Orlando City SC Prediction: New England 2-0 Orlando City
We have to believe that a New England Revolution victory is the most likely outcome. Orlando City have simply failed to be consistent enough to be considered favourites. The home side have played better and gotten better results, alongside making improvements in recent weeks. We suppose less than two months of good results isn’t enough to view them as a changed team. However, it definitely gives them more momentum and a better chance of claiming victory here. And, considering New England Revolution won their last two games to nil, our scoreline prediction is 2-0 to the home team.
Our recommended tip: New England win to nil
As we have mentioned, the recent momentum of New England Revolution has cast them as clear favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. They have won four of their last five matches, drawing once and retaining a clean sheet in two of those victories. Meanwhile, their opponents only have two victories in their last five outings – including one on penalties at the U.S. Open quarter-final. Therefore, taking our predicted scoreline into consideration, we recommend that you bet on the home side winning to nil. You’ll find low-risk 2/1 odds on this result at Ladbrokes.
If there’s one thing that Orlando City fans can hold onto as a reason to be confident about this match up, it’s the head-to-head history between these two sides. To put it simply, they’ve had New England Revolution’s number on several occasions. This includes their last meeting in June where they won in a close 2-1 content. They were even more convincing in an astonishing 6-2 victory in a friendly game back in February. New England got the upperhand in 2018 – which was, in fact, the last time these two met in this tournament – with a 2-0 win. But you have to give the historical edge to Orlando.
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Players to watch: Carles Gil & Santiago Patiño
New England Revolution: Carles Gil
We’ve talked a lot about New England Revolution’s turnaround in the last couple of months. Well, one player who deserves a lot of credit for playing his part in his team’s improving fortunes is Carles Girl. He’s been as deadly on the assist as he has been in scoring in his last trio of outings. Not only that but his last outing saw him hit the back of the net in under 10 minutes. That kind of firepower is vital in keeping this momentum going.
Orlando City SC: Santiago Patiño
There’s little doubt that right now, Orlando City SC need to change some things in order to have a productive season. It obviously isn’t going to solve all of their problems but one bright spot in a rather dreary season has been the emergence of Santiago Patiño. He recently scored both his first and second ever goal for the team. Better still, they were both in away games. A good omen perhaps?