OCSC vs. PHI: Previews and Predictions

This will be a shorter preview post because we've done this preview just last month when Orlando City played Philadelphia on the road and lost the match, 2 - 1. Since then a few changes have occurred, including the departure of Aurelien Collin from the club and the fact that Philly has climbed to the top of the table in the Eastern Conference.

One thing that remains the same is that Orlando City has still not beat the Philadelphia Union in MLS play, having played to a draw at Camping World Stadium during 2015 and having lost at Philadelphia in both road matches at the end of last season and earlier this year.

Players to Watch

CJ Sapong leads the Union with 5 goals on the season, and there's no reason to believe he will be any less dangerous tomorrow night. Midfielder Chris Pontius has scored 4 goals for Philadelphia, and goalkeeper Andre Blake has three clean sheets on the season coming into the match. Orlando City has played inconsistent defense and its offense has struggled at times to mount pressure on opposing teams, so if the team wants to maintain its unbeaten streak at home, the players will need to display the same kind of effort we saw in the second half last Saturday night against Montreal, and they will probably need to pass more cleanly and take advantage of every opportunity to shoot on goal.

Prediction

One game does not make a trend, so I'm a little hesitant to declare that Orlando City has figured out what they need to do with the win over Montreal. I'm going to predict a 1 - 1 draw, which will help us maintain the gap to Philadelphia and will slow the Union's ability to stretch their point lead over the rest of the Eastern Conference.

What about you? What is your prediction for tomorrow night's match? Do you think Orlando City will be able to extend the home undefeated streak or will they manage to get their first win against Philly? Let me know in the comments below!