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Soccer Picks: Sporting KC vs Orlando City Prediction, Odds (Apr 23)

  • SKC was victorious in the opener, defeating the Red Bulls in New York
  • Orlando played without goals at home against Atlanta United
  • Orlando came out as the winner from the last head-to-head clash

Sporting Kansas City showed a lot of improvement during the previous, short-handed season. They would win the Western Conference and indicate a lot of potentials.

Meanwhile, Orlando reached the MLS is Back tournament finals, suggesting that they, too, have enough quality to make some noise during this campaign.

Sporting KC vs Orlando City Schedule

  • Where: Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Missouri
  • When: Friday, April 23, 7:30pm ET
  • How to Watch: FS1, Fox Deportes, TSN 5

Sporting KC vs Orlando City Vegas Odds

Sporting KC vs Orlando City Preview

SKC Wants More

More than seven years have passed since Sporting took its second and last MLS Cup. After that, they had three more US Open Cups, and even though it is nice to win any piece of silverware, these successes can’t be compared to the one from 2011.

Apr 17, 2021; Harrison, New Jersey, USA; Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper John Pulskamp (1) dives for the ball in front of defender Luis Martins (36) against the New York Red Bulls during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2021; Harrison, New Jersey, USA; Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper John Pulskamp (1) dives for the ball in front of defender Luis Martins (36) against the New York Red Bulls during the second half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

SKC ended first in the West at the end of the regular part of the 2020 season. Now, despite the fact that the entire year was a mess, their leap is tremendous, and head coach Peter Vermes believes his team has potential for even better results.

Sporting’s first match of this season was very exciting, and it saw Vermes’ side coming back from behind, scoring twice in two minutes to defeat New York Red Bulls on the road, 1-2. We’re more than sure that such a win made a massive swing for SKC, especially as it took place in the season opener.

Orlando City To Play With Big Dogs

Since joining the MLS in 2015, Orlando’s previous season was by far the best in the club’s history. They’ve ended up fourth in the conference and reached the finals of the MLS is Back tournament, meaning that this club became a respectable competitor for all the teams in the league.

Apr 17, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Orlando City SC forward Chris Mueller (9) looks to head the ball during the second half against the Atlanta United FC at Orlando City Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Orlando City SC forward Chris Mueller (9) looks to head the ball during the second half against the Atlanta United FC at Orlando City Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Oscar Pareja is an expert in setting up a defensive game plan, and there weren’t many games last season in which some other team outplayed the Lions. They’ve conceded just 25 goals in 23 matches, which needs to be acknowledged.

Their first game of the season was against Atlanta United, and it ended without goals, which only get us back to the previous paragraph. Orlando won’t attack first but wait for a chance to strike from transition, utilizing their fast and quick players.

Sporting KC vs Orlando City Head to Head

Orlando defeated SKC in their last game, 1-2. It took place at Children’s Mercy Park on September 24, 2020.

Sporting KC vs Orlando City Prediction and Pick

Who will win tonight’s MLS game:

This is going to be one of the most intriguing games of the weekend. Orlando is going to play as usual – slow, cautious, trying to strike from the counter-attack. SKC won’t be too keen on overexposing themselves as well, as they know how dangerous are Nani, Pato and Akindele once they have an open field in front of them. This is a match that could go either way, but our prognosis is going to focus on efficiency – under 2.5 goals.

Free Pick:

  • Under 2.5 goals
Alex has covered huge sporting events for various websites and publications. He has attended football European Championships, Rugby League and Union World Cups, and the Paralympics. Alex is dedicated to giving the most insightful tips for VegasOdds readers and specialises in horse racing, soccer, golf and basketball.

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