Orlando City vs Los Angeles FC Prediction, Odds & Picks
- Without their star player, LAFC have had no issues with finding ways to thrive in MLS Is Back
- The defending task at hand for Orlando will be an incredibly challenging one
- There is reason to have confidence in LAFC, even if they once again allow the first goal
Orlando vs Los Angeles Odds
Odds taken from BetRivers
|Los Angeles FC||-114|
Orlando vs Los Angeles Predictions and Picks
All signs point to Los Angeles winning this one. Although Orlando have had an admirable run in the competition, LAFC is simply too motivated and talented to lose it.
Our pick: LAFC (-114).
How to Watch Orlando vs Los Angeles
Orlando vs Los Angeles Information
|What||Orlando City vs Los Angeles FC|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Bay Lake, Florida)|
|When||Friday, July 31st at 7:30 PM ET|
|How to Watch||FS1, TUDN, UniMas, Fox Deportes|
Los Angeles FC, the current favorites to win the MLS Is Back tournament, are back this Friday night to take on Orlando City in the quarterfinal stage of the competition.
Led by two goals from Diego Rossi, LAFC were nothing short of brilliant in their 4-1 demolishing of the Seattle Sounders in the round of 16. The league giants have now scored an astounding total of 15 times in their four MLS Is Back games. Even without superstar winger and current league MVP Carlos Vela in the squad, LAFC have looked like the most dominant team thus far.
Can Orlando City Stop Them?
There is some hope for the team that appears to be overperforming under the likes of new manager Oscar Pareja. With the Colombian at the helm, Orlando has gone from an average MLS team to one that is now turning heads in the MLS Is Back competition. Three wins and one draw is not something that should be ignored.
LAFC are undoubtedly the favorites in this series. Barring some last-minute injuries, they’ll be expected to earn a place into the semifinals. Here’s why…
No Vela? No Problem For Los Angeles
Many wondered how LAFC would compete in the tournament without their best player. As not only a goalscorer but also a playmaker, no MLS figure has more of a presence or importance to his team than Vela does for LAFC.
Or so we thought.
In his absence, a handful of attackers have stepped up in MLS Is Back: Diego Rossi has seven goals, Bradley Wright-Phillips has three goals, Brian Rodriguez has two goals and three assists, and also worth mentioning is Francisco Ginella’s two assists.
Recent results speak volumes about the depth that LAFC have and the damage that they can do to their next opponents.
Can Orlando’s Backline Handle LAFC’s Attacking Onslaught?
At this risk of downplaying teams like the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC, it’s justified to say that Orlando have yet to face a truly elite club like LAFC in the competition.
And while their defense has so far been solid, there are no guarantees that Pareja’s organized tactics will be enough to hold off a goal-hungry adversary this Friday. His usual 4-2-3-1 formation will be put to the test with LAFC’s dynamic and free-flowing movement in the final third.
This means that there will be plenty of pressure for names such as Robin Jansson and Antonio Carlos. Both sitting in the heart of the defense, Jansson and Carlos will need to be at their very best throughout the entirety of the match and not just in the early stages — Los Angeles have incredible fitness and love to capitalize in the dying minutes of matches.
LAFC Know How To Close Games Out
Playing with the intensity of a team that is somehow blissfully unaware of the Florida heat, LAFC rarely seems to let up or take their foot off the gas pedal.
We’ve seen it throughout this tournament.
Against the Seattle Sounders in the round of 16, Los Angeles scored twice after the 80th minute to make it 4-1. In the group stage, they scored six times in the 2nd half. LAFC never and rarely give up. They also thrive when chasing a lead. In their undefeated run during the group stage, LAFC never scored the first goal in a match.
With an incredibly strong team mentality that has helped them chase decisive and late wins, you can never count out LAFC against any opponent.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast.
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