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Sep 30, 2021 at 1.30am UK at Nissan Stadium
NashvilleNashville SC
2-2
Orlando CityOrlando City
Williams (11'), Leal (59')
Godoy (34'), Johnston (82')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Dike (76' pen.), Anunga (90+3' og.)
Pereyra (31'), Schlegel (62'), Carlos (81')

Preview: Nashville SC vs. Orlando City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Thursday's Major League Soccer clash between Nashville SC and Orlando City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Orlando City travel to the Nissan Stadium on Thursday for their meeting against Nashville SC seeking to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat.

Meanwhile, the home side return to their own patch where they are still yet to lose this term after four consecutive outings on the road.


Match preview

Orlando City SC head coach Oscar Pareja walks off the field at the end of the game against FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium on August 7, 2021© Reuters

Orlando City suffered a fourth straight loss following a 2-1 victory for league leaders New England Revolution when the sides faced off on Sunday.

Oscar Pareja's men went behind to an Adam Buksa strike before drawing level shortly afterwards through Daryl Dike, only for Rodrigo Schlegel to put the ball past his goalkeeper 10 minutes before half time which ultimately decided the contest.

The Lions have dropped down to fifth place in the Eastern Conference, with their cushion on teams outside the playoff places now reduced to just a point.

Next up for them is a trip to a venue where they have not won any of their two previous games, settling for a share of the spoils on both occasions.

Having amassed just 13 points from as many away games this term, Thursday's visitors will be keen to get going on their travels with the regular season now entering into its final stages.

Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith directs his team against the Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on 15 May, 2021© Reuters

Nashville had to settle for a point in their clash against Chicago Fire on Sunday at the Soldier Field where the teams played out a 0-0 draw.

Gary Smith's men, who recently put five past Inter Miami, were unable to find a way past through a stubborn opposing side this time around.

The Tennessee-based outfit remain second in the Eastern Conference but are now a whopping 17 points off New England at the top of the table.

However, Thursday's hosts have all but secured a place in the postseason and continue to hold their own in what is only their second ever MLS Campaign.

Nashville SC Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • D

Orlando City Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L



Team News

Orlando City SC midfielder Nani (17) reacts after scoring a goal against FC Cincinnati in the second half at TQL Stadium on August 7, 2021© Reuters

Orlando City's duo of Chris Mueller and Oriol Rosell are ruled out through abdominal strains and will play no part in their side's trip to Nashville.

Mason Stajduhar and Pato continue to battle with knee injuries, while 28-year-old Antonio Carlos is eligible to feature again having served his suspension.

Hany Mukhtar was given a breather in midweek, but the German forward is expected to return to the starting line up at the expense of Jhonder Cadiz.

Mukhtar, who has been directly involved in nine goals in his last nine appearances, will be heavily relied upon once again to deliver the goods.

Nashville SC possible starting lineup:
Willis; Romney, Zimmerman, Maher; Lovitz, Muyl, McCarty, Anunga, Johnston; Leal, Mukhtar

Orlando City possible starting lineup:
Gallese; Moutinho, Jansson, Schlegel, Ruan; Perea, Mendez, Urso; Pereyra, Michel, Dike


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We say: Nashville SC 2-1 Orlando City

Nashville are the latest team to try to capitalise on Orlando City's struggles and will fancy themselves to come out on top in this one. We are tipping the home team to emerge victorious albeit by only a narrow margin in what should be an absorbing affair.



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Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data


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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England29205457342365
2Nashville SCNashville281114346262047
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia28129738271145
4Orlando City2811984141042
5New York City FCNY City281171044321240
6DC United28124124941840
7CF MontrealMontreal28117104037340
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2810993733439
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls28107113430437
10Columbus Crew2897123239-734
11Inter MiamiInter Miami2895142543-1832
12Chicago Fire2976162946-1727
13Toronto2867153454-2025
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati2848162954-2520

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England29205457342365
2Nashville SCNashville281114346262047
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia28129738271145
4Orlando City2811984141042
5New York City FCNY City281171044321240
6DC United28124124941840
7CF MontrealMontreal28117104037340
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2810993733439
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls28107113430437
10Columbus Crew2897123239-734
11Inter MiamiInter Miami2895142543-1832
12Chicago Fire2976162946-1727
13Toronto2867153454-2025
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati2848162954-2520

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