Orlando City SC (18-9-7) vs. Columbus Crew (16-9-9)
Orlando City SC’s semifinal match with Columbus Crew at Exploria Stadium promises to be one of the highlights of Major League Soccer Eastern Conference Semifinals 2023 and offers fans and those interested in MLS betting picks an engaging spectacle.
Orlando City SC’s offensive line has been nothing short of stunning this season. Midfielder Facundo Torres has been instrumental in their success, scoring 14 goals and 6 assists across 28 starts to lead his side to success. Torres’ ability to navigate defenses with precision will prove essential against Columbus Crew’s defense; Forward Duncan McGuire contributed 13 goals and 3 assists, keeping Columbus defenders busy while midfielder Ivan Angulo added 5 goals and 8 assists for extra firepower that could exploit any flaws in Columbus Crew’s defensive structure.
Columbus Crew’s attack, led by forward Cucho Hernandez, poses a formidable threat. Hernandez’s 16 goals and 11 assists from 27 starts is testament to his role as an integral player, testing Orlando City SC’s defensive organization and resilience. Christian Ramirez (8 goals) and Darlington Nagbe (3 goals and 1 assist) add further layers to Columbus Crew’s attacking strategy; their diversity will put Orlando City SC’s defensive coordination to the test.
Orlando City SC vs. Columbus Crew Game Info
|Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 5:30 PM ET
Pedro Gallese GK vs. Patrick Schulte GK
Pedro Gallese‘s impactful goalkeeping performance as goalkeeper of Orlando City SC cannot be overstated. Making 30 starts this season and posting 10 clean sheets while making 78 crucial saves, Gallese has proven himself reliable with 10 clean sheets secured and 78 important saves made – an intimidating presence for any attacking line and notable shot-stopping abilities as a forceful defense organizer. He often emerges as a game deciding factor by making critical saves when they were needed most, while remaining calm under pressure to keep Columbus Crew at bay!
Patrick Schulte of Columbus Crew has had an impressive and fulfilling season as goalkeeper, making 90 saves over 31 starts despite conceding 42 goals – testament to both his skill and resilience as a goalkeeper. Schulte deserves full credit for his contributions made on behalf of Columbus Crew this season. Schulte’s agility and quick reflexes have often served as the last line of defense against powerful attacks, making his performance in this upcoming match crucial to Orlando City SC’s offensive prowess. He must then do battle with Torres and McGuire, both known for their precision and ability to find the back of the net. Schulte will play an instrumental role in organizing Columbus Crew’s defense while making spectacular saves to shut down Orlando City’s dynamic attack.
Soccer Odds/Point Spread: Orlando City SC +109, Total Odds: 3.25
The betting odds favor Orlando City SC slightly, with a spread of -0.5 at +104 and a moneyline of +109, while the total goals are set at 3.25. These odds reflect Orlando City’s strong season performance and home advantage, but also acknowledge the competitive nature of Columbus Crew.
Orlando City SC Betting Trends
Orlando City SC has demonstrated consistently strong performance, evidenced by their 4-1 record over their last five games and against the spread. Of particular note is their 13-4 road game record against the spread, demonstrating their ability to perform both at home and away – bodes well for their chances in this matchup. Furthermore, three out of their last five home games saw totals go OVER in each case, suggesting it will likely be an action-packed encounter!
Columbus Crew Betting Trends
Columbus Crew have posted an even 2-2 record over their last five games, with an unfavorable 2-3 against the spread in road games (8-9 against spread and 7/over in home matches), suggesting they are capable of producing high scoring encounters.
Orlando City SC vs. Columbus Crew 11/25/23 Betting Picks
Due to statistics and performance trends, this match promises to be closely contested. Orlando City SC may hold an edge thanks to their strong offensive line at home; their ability to maintain form against the spread, especially on road games, suggests resilience that could prove decisive.
Columbus Crew, while slightly underdog in betting terms, cannot be underestimated. Their capacity for high-scoring games and Hernández’s striking prowess make them a dangerous opponent. For top online betting, consider Orlando City SC for the win, but don’t overlook the potential for a draw, a common outcome in tightly matched playoff games.