New York City play Orlando City in their next game of the MLS regular season.
The match is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, 2 October 2022. The game time by GMT is 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2. The match venue is Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey.
Latest odds on betting sites
New York City to win odds are priced at 1.80 (-125 American; 4/5 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 3.80 (+280; 14/5), while Orlando City to win odds are priced at 4.00 (+300; 3/1).
The chances of these outcomes are as follows: New York City — 50%, draw — 25%, Orlando City — 25%.
Latest betting odds on New York City vs Orlando City (2 October 2022):
- Over 2.5 goals — 1.71 (-140; 5/7)
- Under 2.5 goals — 2.06 (+106; 53/50)
- Asian handicap (-0.5, -1.0) on New York City — 2.05 (+105; 21/20)
- Asian handicap (+0.5, +1.0) on Orlando City — 1.80 (-125; 4/5)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.71 (-140; 5/7)
- Both teams to score (No) — 2.05 (+105; 21/20)
Match preview and statistics
New York City are fourth in the Eastern Conference table with 49 points and a +14 goal difference. They have won two straight games going into this match. The Blues beat the Red Bulls 2-nil in their last match.
Alexander Callens scored in the first minute with a header from very close range to the bottom right corner, assisted by Santiago Rodriguez following a corner. Rodriguez doubled the lead in the 23rd minute with a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Gabriel Pereira assisted with the cross following a corner.
Team statistics: 56% possession, 1.01 expected goals (xG), five total shots, three shots on target, two big chances, 319 accurate passes, 72% pass accuracy, eight fouls committed, one offside, six corners, and three yellow cards.
New York City team news: Alfredo Morales is doubtful for the game.
Orlando City are sixth in the Conference standings with 45 points and a -6 goal difference. They have three wins and two losses in their last five matches. The Lions beat Toronto 4-nil in their last match.
Facundo Torres opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Antonio Carlos with the assist. Ercan Kara doubled the lead in the 22nd minute with a left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mauricio Pereyra with the through ball following the fast break.
Two minutes into the second half, Lukas MacNaughton scored an own goal and made it 3-nil to City. Tesho Akindele scored the fourth goal in the 84th minute with a shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Ivan Angulo assisted the goal with a through ball.
Team statistics: 44% possession, 0.96 expected goals (xG), 18 total shots, seven shots on target, one big chance, 361 accurate passes, 86% pass accuracy, 11 fouls committed, one offside, four corners, and one yellow card.
Orlando City team news: Alexandre Pato, Gaston Gonzalez, Joseph Dezart and Robin Jansson are sidelined due to injuries.
New York City vs Orlando City H2H
Both teams have met 21 times. New York have six wins, Orlando have seven wins and eight draws. The Lions won 2-1 in the previous meeting.
Lineups and key players
New York City projected starting lineup:
- Sean Johnson
- Thiago Martins
- Tayvon Gray
- Alexander Callens
- Maxime Chanot
- Maxi Moralez
- Nicolas Acevedo
- Kevin O’Toole
- Santiago Rodriguez
- Talles Magno
Santiago Rodriguez is the key player to watch out for. He had a very good performance in their last match against the NY Red Bulls, scored a goal and provided an assist. Rodriguez has 14 goal involvements in the league this season.
Orlando City projected starting lineup:
- Pedro Gallese
- Rodrigo Adrian Schlegel
- Antonio Carlos
- Kyle Smith
- Mauricio Pereira
- Cesar Araujo
- Junior Urso
- Jake Mulraney
- Facundo Torres
- Ercan Kara
Ercan Kara is the key player to watch out for. He is Orlando’s top scorer with 10 goals and two assists in the league. Kara got on the scoresheet in their last match against Toronto. The striker should be able to score in the next fixture.
Prediction and betting tips
Both teams are in good form ahead of this meeting. New York have won two back-to-back games, while Orlando have three wins from the last five matches. The Blues have beaten the Lions only once in the last nine h2h games. The latter won 2-1 in the last meeting.
Predictions for this match are Orlando City to win or draw, and both teams to score (Yes). Both teams have scored in eight of their last nine meetings. The Lions are in very good form and can win two straight h2h games against New York.
Betting prediction: Double chance — X2
Odds: 1.91 (-110 American; 10/11 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Both teams to score (Yes)
Odds: 1.71 (-140 American; 5/7 Fractional)