The MLS is back in action this weekend with another round of play as Orlando City takes on New York City FC on Sunday. Both teams have been impressive this season and need to improve in this game.
Orlando City has been stellar this season and currently ranks second in the MLS Eastern Conference rankings. The away team beat the Philadelphia Union with a 2-1 win last week and will be confident ahead of this game.
New York City FC, on the other hand, are currently in seventh place in the table and have been quite inconsistent this year. The home side beat CF Montreal last week and will need a similar result this weekend.
New York City FC vs Orlando City head-to-head
Orlando City has a slight advantage over New York City FC and has won six of 19 games between the two teams. New York City FC have five wins against Orlando City and aim to balance the scales on Sunday.
The previous game between the two teams took place in May this year and ended in a 1-1 draw. Both teams missed opportunities that day and need to be more clinical this weekend.
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New York City FC vs. Orlando City Team News
New York City FC
New York City FC have missed the game and will be without Heber this weekend. James Sands and Sam Johnson are playing in the Gold Cup this year and are not available for selection.
Not available: James Sands, Sam Johnson
Orlando City currently has a depleted squad with Daryl Dike in the international match and Mauricio Pereyra suspended for that game. Ruan, Antonio Carlos and Alexandre Pato are also taking punches and may not recover in time for this game.
Doubtful: Ruan, Antonio Carlos, Alexandre Pato
Exposed: Mauricio Pereyra
Not available: Daryl Dike
New York City FC versus Orlando City predicted XI
New York City FC Estimated XI (4-2-31): Luis Barraza; Gudmundur Thorarinsson, Maxime Chanot, Alexander Callens, Anton Tinnerholm; Nicolas Acevedo, Keaton Parks; Maximiliano Moralez, Jesus Medina, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi; Valentin Castellanos
Orlando City Prospective XI (4-2-31): Pedro Gallese; Joao Moutinho, Robin Jansson, Rodrigo Schlegel, Kyle Smith; Andres Perea, Oriol Rosell; Chris Müller, Benji Michel, Nani; Tesho Akindele
New York City FC vs Orlando City Prediction City
Orlando City has effectively overcome its mid-season slump with an impressive performance against the Philadelphia Union and is aiming for a similar result this weekend. Players like Nani and Christopher Mueller have made a difference to their team and will try to assert themselves in this game.
New York City FC can also let off steam that day but will have to overcome the disagreements that have plagued them this season. The home side have a robust squad and could tie Orlando City this weekend.
Forecast: New York City FC 2-2 Orlando City
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