The Orlando Pride look to rebound from a home loss as they go on the road to face the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday afternoon. The Pride beat the Red Stars at Toyota Park earlier this month with a 2 - 0 scoreline. It's a quick turnaround for Orlando, who dropped all three home points on Wednesday night in a thrilling 4 - 3 match with Carolina that saw the momentum change with every goal in the second half. The Courage never trailed in the match, and won with a goal in the 90th minute.
Injury Report and Players to Watch
According to the NWSL injury report, Sydney Leroux is questionable with an illness, and Monica is still battling knee soreness. Toni Pressley also appears on the injury report from the league as being out for the match with a quad strain, while Camila is still listed on the 45-Day Disabled List.
For the home side, Vanessa DiBernardo is still on the 45-day Disabled List with a stress fracture of the pelvis, Casey Short is on the 45-Day Disabled List with an ankle sprain, and Stephanie McCaffrey is out with an illness.
In terms of players to watch, there are several notable player statistics to watch during the match.
Chicago Red Stars
- Danielle Colaprico has 24 chances created and 64 crosses/corners (both 2nd best in NWSL).
- Alyssa Naeher has 31 saves on the season (2nd best in the league) and has earned 3 clean sheets.
- Ali Krieger has 10 blocks on the season (3rd in the league).
- Christine Nairn leads the team in completed passes into the final third (73) and her three assists put her in a tie for first place in the league.
Starting XI and Score Prediction
With the match being the second in the week, I'm presuming that Marta will sit out of the Starting XI on the day and that we are likely to see some other changes as well from Tom Sermanni's Starting XI on Wednesday night. Coach Tom Sermanni said in his post-match comments that he didn't think his team showed enough initiative, so it could mean that some usual starters get left on the bench to send them a message. Maybe a change will finally include getting Lotta Okvist on the pitch for the Pride.
As for a score prediction, I'm fond of looking at recent trends for both teams. In the last five matchs, the Pride have scored 8 goals and given up 6, while the Red Stars have tallied 4 and surrendered 6 goals. So I'm going to predict a 2 - 1 victory for the Orlando Pride and that our ladies will start a new winning streak.
What are your thoughts on Saturday's match? Do you think the Pride can return to their recent form and start another winning streak, or do you believe the fates of the two Orlando teams are tied and the ladies are destined to continue their bad run of form for another match or two before they pull out of the slide? Let me know in the comments below!