Orlando City will be forced to make a change in midfield, with Johnson ruled out for a couple of weeks. Higuita is most likely to come into the side to replace Johnson, a further change in the team is likely with Kaka available after suspension. The attacking midfielder adds quality in the final third, supplying key passes. In attack, Larin and Rivas are expected to keep their places. For a team that has won just 1 of their last 11 league games, Orlando can feel that the -0.5 handicap is high. Coach Kreis has recently admitted that the chances of his side reaching the playoffs are very slim, this could affect the motivation of the players as a result. The fans have grown restless lately, conceding first would put increasing pressure on the players. The 2.75 goals line would suggest a reasonably tight contest. Given the lack of form over recent months, Orlando are expected to make the game a tight contest. Orlando would attempt to defend the lead should they score an early goal, making the game difficult for the opposition by getting numbers behind the ball. If trailing, the fans will get nervous and put pressure on the players.
Vancouver Whitecaps are forced to make a change in midfield, as Tchani is suspended for this match which presents Teibert with a chance to start. The central midfield is not as strong due to the loss of Tchani and Laba, however defensively the pairing of Parker and Waston has been effective. Going forward, Shea is pressing for a start, Montero should lead the attack and uses his speed to good effect. The hosts are rated as outsiders for this match with a handicap of +0.5. This appears good value, as Vancouver face an opponent who are lacking form and under pressure from supporters. Scoring first will be key, this would put more pressure on the opposition and make the game more open. Vancouver have the players needed in the final third to counter attack, confident of getting a result. The 2.75 goals line suggests an even contest, anything over the line is dependent on an early goal being scored. Should the visitors take the lead the game should become more stretched, with the hosts forced to change their approach. Vancouver have the individual quality needed in the final third to create chances. Falling behind may result in a more direct approach and change in formation.
Prediction: Over 2.75 goals
Odds: 1.85 SBOBET