October 8, 2022 Sports Betting
On Sunday at Exploria Stadium, Orlando City and the Columbus Crew will play in what is known as Decision Day in the 2022 MLS season. A win for either team would guarantee them a spot in the postseason.
With 46 points, one more than the Lions, the Crew are currently clinging to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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Orlando City are suddenly attempting to save this season before it’s too late from a campaign that looked certain to see at least one playoff match.
They won their final four home games in August and began last month by winning the U.S. Open Cup, so until September it never seemed like they wouldn’t make the playoffs.
Oscar Pareja has frequently witnessed his team self-destruct after that run, losing four of their last five MLS games, as opposed to maintaining that momentum.
They had a chance to clinch a playoff spot for the third straight season on Wednesday, but they lost 4-1 to Inter Miami after conceding in the first minute. The fact that this game will be played on Oscar Pareja’s home turf, where they have produced some of their most convincing performances this year, will make them thrilled.
In 2022, the Lions have won eight games at Exploria Stadium while keeping four clean sheets, including a 4-0 victory over Toronto in their previous meeting.
Since 2017, they have only twice lost to Columbus at home. Of the nine times they have faced them in Orlando.
The Crew, who were minutes away from upsetting Charlotte FC on Wednesday until Andre Shinyashiki’s late-game equalizer for the home team, also squandered a chance to secure a position in the postseason this week.
The fact that Columbus has lost 11 points in the 90th or later this year—three more than any other MLS team has ever blown in a single campaign—has made Caleb Porter and his squad’s experience in 2022 all too familiar.
Columbus enters Decision Day without a victory in six straight away games played, but having a chance to win four of those games.
The Crew have a few ways to make the playoffs despite having missed many chances to score points this season. A win or a draw against Orlando City would advance them, while an FC Cincinnati loss to DC United combined with a draw in this game would advance Columbus and the Lions.
This club has never lost in 2022 when scoring multiple goals, so if they can score at least a few times over the course of 90 minutes, they will probably come away with something.
If they score one more goal this weekend, they will have scored exactly as many as they did all of last season. If they score more, they will have scored more than they have in any regular season since 2017.
The Crew have an advantage in terms of individual quality and game-changers, but they have suffered from far too many defensive lapses this season at the most unfortunate times. Additionally, they have had a miserable season away from home, losing more road games than any other team in MLS .
We would be inclined to pick the Crew to win if this game were being played in Columbus, but the Lions have been much more disciplined and reliable defensively at home, so we think they will frustrate the visitors.