New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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Tim Clayton
The hosts had the best defensive record in MLS last season but without two regular starters, our tipster is backing the Lions to at least find the net

New York Red Bulls welcome the winless Orlando City to Red Bull Arena in the fourth round of MLS fixtures on Saturday night.

Chris Armas’ men won this fixture 1-0 on the final day of last season to claim the Supporters’ Shield, and having beaten this opposition at home on the last four occasions, the Red Bulls will be confident of three more points.

Latest Odds

bet365 unsurprisingly make the hosts 4/11 (1.36) favourites to make it five wins from five against Orlando in New Jersey. A first win Red Bull Arena for Orlando since July 2015 is priced at 7/1 (8.0) with the draw offered at 15/4 (4.75).

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Team News

New York are missing defenders Aaron Long and Kemar Lawrence, midfielder Kaku and forward Derrick Etienne to international commitments. Florian Valot tore his ACL last week and is out for the foreseeable future.

Will Johnson, Lamine Sane and Tesho Akindele are all out for Orlando, whilst Kamal Miller has been called up to Canada for the first time. Jhegson Mendez is also on international duty. Ex-Manchester United winger Nani is looking for his first MLS goal.

Preview

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Red Bull Arena is a veritable fortress for the home team. Armas’ men won 14 of the 17 MLS matches they played there last season, scoring 62 times in the process, and have been victorious in each of their last nine.

Although they kept a league-high 11 home clean sheets last season, Red Bulls have looked less assured this season, having conceded in both their games so far, and the absences of defenders Long and Lawrence are key.

Orlando will be looking to take advantage of that and although they are one of the worst away teams in the league - losing 14 of their last 15 - they have found the net 16 times in their last 17 games outside of Florida.

Tips and Predictions

With the hosts missing two of their four starting defenders, the 6/4 (2.50) price on a Red Bulls win and both teams to score looks good value for punters ahead of this MLS clash.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Betting Banner - Best Bet New York Red Bulls to win and both teams to score at 6/4 (2.50) for a 2pt stake at bet365

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