Friday’s Online MLS Betting Matchup
Posted by: Mike Davis
The online MLS betting continues this Friday with a contentious match between Orlando City SC and the Atlanta United. This pairing might be overshadowed by the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but given the current rankings in the Eastern Conference, this match has everything sports wagering fans are looking for. Let’s see what the sportsbook odds are predicting for this particular pairing.
Orlando City vs. Atlanta United – Friday, July 21st
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Stream: MLS TV
Online MLS Betting Odds:
Orlando City SC +102
Atlanta United +225
Orlando City SC/Atlanta United Draw +215
Despite the Gold Cup’s shadow, the riveting fan bases, and eye-catching rosters this pairing has the makings to build the MLS’ stock value. If there is any doubt about the passion of online MLS betting fans, one only needs to check out the billboard smack talk between the two clubs.
The Lions haven’t had much to take their mind off the devastating 3-1 home loss the club suffered to Toronto FC – the one coach Jason Kreis decided to blame on poor sports wagering officiating, during a 16-day Gold Cup hiatus (MLS Gold Cup not CONCACAF). Coupled with the billboard trash talk and Cyle Larin’s departure to join the Canadian National team, and it’s safe to say that Orlando is coming into this contest with a bit of a headache as well as a chip on their shoulder.
City SC ride into this matchup sporting a 8-5-7 record that yields the club 29 points on the season. That tally ranks Orlando 6th in the Eastern Conference, 10 points behind conference leading Toronto FC. Additionally, the Lions are 1-point away from tying with Atlanta, whom they face this Friday.
As aforementioned, Orlando will be without forward Cyle Larin who is serving his international duty. Midfielder Rafael Jamos is still recovering from a hamstring injury and Carlos River (ankle) is listed as questionable.
Like the Lions, United is looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance, albeit, theirs was on the road. Atlanta recently suffered a shocking 2-1 defeat to DC United that can easily be quantified as the team’s worst defensive performance this season. Equally as shocking was Coach Gerardo Martino’s decision to shrug off the performance as if it wasn’t that disheartening.
However, the club would not let down their head coach as Atlanta bounced back triumphantly by posting a 3-game winning streak, the 1st the young franchise has enjoyed. Add in Josef Martinez’ impressive performance in the club’s 4-2 victory over Columbus on the 4th of July – Martinez’ 1st 90-minute shift since March, and one could easily say Atlanta’s best days are yet to come.
United will have to contend without forward Romario Williams who is playing with Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Forwards Jacob Peterson (lower leg) and Kenwne Jones (knee) will both be out with injuries, as well as keeper Alec Kann (left quad).