DC United vs Orlando CityMLS, KO: 01:00 May 17, 2021, Audi Field
DC United will be hoping to maintain their 100% home record when they host Orlando City in an MLS fixture at Audi Field. DC have a solid home record but face a dangerous Orlando team, who are still unbeaten this season.
DC United claimed a 1-0 victory over Chicago Fire in their previous MLS fixture, they were made to work hard for the win. Edinson Flores' effort early in the first half proving to be the difference.
It has been a challenging start to the season for manager Hernan Losada, who has been without a number of key players, including first choice goalkeeper Bill Hamid and winger Paul Arriola. The victory against Chicago ended a run of three straight defeats for DC.
Defending has been a problem this season for the hosts with nine goals conceded in their five matches. Despite all their problems, DC United have maintained a solid home record, winning both their matches at Audi Field this season.
Orlando City were held to a 1-1 draw by New York City last time out in the MLS. After a scoreless first half, Nani opened the scoring for Orlando before they were pegged back midway through the second half.
The team managed by Oscar Pareja is still unbeaten this season after claiming one win and three draws from their opening four matches. That run means sees them sixth on the table, level on six points with their fifth placed hosts.
How the bookies view it?
Orlando City go into Monday’s match as slight favourites among the bookies with a home win valued at 4/3 by Vbet. A victory for DC United is priced at 21/10 by the same firm while a draw is set at odds of 13/5 by bet365.
Both teams appear evenly matched at the moment and should battle to a draw here.
Head to head
DC United have the edge in this fixture with seven wins from 14 previous matches. Orlando City have earned five wins while both teams have battled to two draws.
United earned a 1-0 victory in the last meeting between both teams.
Players to watch
Edinson Flores is finally off the mark for the season and could be worth keeping an eye on for DC United following his goal last time out. The Peruvian forward is priced at 3/1 to score anytime by bet365.
Nani has been one of the more impressive players for Orlando City this season with three goals in his last four matches. The Portugal winger could be worth a punt in the anytime goalscorer market at 6/4 with bet365.
Anything else catch the eye?
With both teams often shaky at the back, the goals market should be considered. Over 3.5 goals is priced at 9/4 with bet365, over 2.5 goals is valued at 16/19 with Vbet, who are also offering 13/19 on both teams to score.
There are likely to be goals in both halves at 8/11 with betfair while both teams could be backed to score in the second half with 3/1 with Paddy Power.
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