Seattle Sounders will be looking for their second consecutive win when they host a struggling Orlando City in the MLS regular season at CenturyLink Field.
ORL vs SS Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Seattle Sounders are averaging two points per game this season, which is a better return than last season. With 22 points from 11 regular season games, they are sitting 3rd in the Western Conference.
For a team which won the MLS Cup as recently as in 2016, and made to the MLS finals in 2017, the expectations remain sky high. Whether Sounders achieve the ultimate prize this season, remains to be seen, but the way they have started this regular season shows that Brian Schmetzer‘s team could go the distance.
Seattle won 1-0 against Houston Dynamo in the last match which was their first win in over a month, and first in six league games.
Orlando City could do with a win here after losing the last two games heading into this match. They are third from bottom and are on a three-game winless run.
Last season, City finished last in the Eastern Conference and qualifying for the playoffs looks a task too tough to achieve for this group of players.
The Major League Soccer match will be played between Seattle Saunders and Orlando City SC at CenturyLink Field, in Seattle, Washington, United States. The ground has a capacity of 72,000.
The game will start at 08:00 AM (IST), on Thursday, May 9.
In India, DSport has the rights to broadcast five regular-season matches in a week, as well as select MLS Cup playoff games and MLS Cup.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Seattle Sounders – W L D D D W
Orlando City SC – W L W D L L
Injured – Gustavo Svensson is out with a left hamstring strain.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – Nouhou Tolo is listed as questionable for this match.
Note: Seattle head-coach Brian Schmetzer made several changes for his team's 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo on Saturday.
Raúl Ruidíaz was in the starting lineup for the first time in over a month. Kelvin Leerdam is available from his one-match suspension, while the emergence of Jordy Delem makes Brian Schmetzer‘s hands full in terms of the squad available at his disposal.
Probable XI: Frei (GK), Smith, Kee-Hee, Torres, Leerdam, Roldan, Delem, Rodriguez, Lodeiro, Morris, Ruidiaz
Orlando City SC:
Injured – None.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – Former Manchester United winger Nani missed Orlando's last game against Houston Dynamo with a left calf strain and remains doubtful for this game. The four-time Premier League winner has racked up a team-high five goals and four assists this season.
In addition, Carlos Ascues is listed as day-to-day for this game.
Note: James O'Connor will be fretting over the form of star Dom Dwyer. He is without a goal in the last six games, but have scored eight times against in four games against Seattle.
Probable XI: Rowe (GK), Alex de John, Jansson, Miller, João Moutinho, Will Johnson, Mendez, Ruan, Higuita, Dwyer, Akindele
Potential Game Changers: Top fantasy picks and the points earned in the last few games
Stefan Frei – 4.5, 9.5, 2
Kelvin Leerdam – 13, 11, 3.5
Cristian Roldan – 19.5, 5.5, 8, 13
Nicolas Lodeiro – 10, 5, 19.5, 10
Cristian Higuita – 12.5, 2, 15
Dom Dwyer – 10, 2
Breakdown of both team’s stats (Season 2018-19)
Seattle Sounders | Orlando City SC
Stats and facts:
Seattle Sounders are undefeated against Orlando City in the history of MLS, winning three games and drawing the other one.
Orlando City have never scored more than once against Seattle Sounders.
Seattle are unbeaten in the last 11 home league matches (MLS).
In just four games, Dom Dwyer has scored 8 goals against Seattle Sounders.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Cristian Roldan has taken his game to the next level this season. He is the link between the defense and the forward line. His passing skills are too good and factor in his reading of the game, interceptions, and tackling, you get a versatile player.
Stefan Frei should be your goalkeeper here. He is in tremendous form, having completed his 70th MLS career shut-out against Houston Dynamo.
He is also tied for third most clean sheets this season and has made second-most saves in MLS regular season in 2019.
Nani (if he plays) and Dom Dwyer:
Nani has five goals to his name this season and he has also contributed with a team-high 4 assists as well. But he is a doubt for this game after missing the match against Houston with a left calf strain.
But Dom Dwyer could be a good option for a vice-captain role. Not only he has three goals to his name, but he has an 8 career goal against Seattle Sounders.
Image Credit @TwitterStefan Frei
Goalkeeper: Stefan Frei
Defenders: Joao Moutinho, Chad Marshall, Kelvin Leerdam, Kim Kee-Hee
Midfielders: Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Roldan, Christopher Mueller, Cristian Higuita
Forwards: Jordan Morris, Dom Dwyer
ORL vs SS Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
ORL vs SS Dream11 potential winner:
Seattle Sounders have never lost a game of football against Orlando City and we make them a favorite here.