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Jul 25, 2021 at 11pm UK at Yankee Stadium
NY CityNew York City FC
5-0
Orlando CityOrlando City
Medina (40'), Tajouri (53'), Moralez (66'), Meineche (79'), Castellanos (82')
Acevedo (74')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Carlos (41'), Schlegel (86')

Preview: New York City FC vs. Orlando City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between New York City FC and Orlando City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

After both returning to winning ways last time out, New York City FC and Orlando City face off at the Yankee Stadium looking to make it back-to-back victories.

The visitors head into Sunday's meeting in Bronx with a five-point cushion over their hosts, who are three places down below in fifth.


Match preview

New York City FC head coach Ronny Deila on May 15, 2021© Reuters

New York City FC picked up a third home win on the bounce courtesy of a narrow 1-0 triumph over CF Montreal on Thursday.

Ismael Tajouri scored the only goal of the contest just before the half-hour mark to hand his side a much-needed victory off the back of two consecutive losses away from home.

As a result, Ronny Deila's men have leapfrogged city rivals New York Red Bulls into seventh place on the Eastern Conference standings.

The Pigeons now prepare for the visit of an Orlando City side against whom they have struggled in recent encounters involving the teams.

Sunday's hosts have failed to defeat the away side in any of the last eight clashes, with their last win coming back in 2018.

Orlando City head coach Oscar Pareja on May 8, 2021© Reuters

Orlando City put an end to a three-game winless streak by defeating Philadelphia Union 2-1 at the Exploria Stadium on Friday.

Goals in either half from Benji Michel and Andres Perea set Oscar Pareja's men on course for all three points, but their task was made a bit nervy by Kacper Przybylko's strike with a quarter of the contest remaining.

Courtesy of that victory, the Lions climbed into second place in the Eastern Conference, five points adrift of New England Revolution with a game in hand.

10 of the 14 goals conceded by Sunday's visitors have come away from home, and they will be wary of another frail defensive display on the road.

New York City FC Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W

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



Team News

New York Red Bulls teammates celebrates after the game against the Orlando City SC on May 29, 2021© Reuters

The trio of Sean Johnson, James Sands and Gedion Zelalem are representing the United States at the ongoing Gold Cup and are unavailable for the clash.

Heber continues his spell on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury which has ruled him out of action for the past ten months.

Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato sustained a knee problem on his Orlando City debut in April and has not featured since.

The visitors will also have to cope with the absence of Ruan, who came down with an abdominal strain in the last meeting between Sunday's opponents.

New York City FC possible starting lineup:
Barraza; Tinnerholm, Channot, Callens, Thorarinsson; Morales, Acevedo, Medina; Moralez, Tajouri, Castellanos

Orlando City possible starting lineup:
Gallese; Moutinho, Smith, Schlegel, Jansson; Perea, Rosell, Pereyra; Mueller, Michel, Nani


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We say: New York City FC 2-1 Orlando City

The onus is more on the hosts to seize the initiative and claim all three points against a more in-form away side. We are backing New York City FC to rise up to the challenge and come out triumphant, albeit by only a narrow margin.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England26175448301856
2Nashville SCNashville241011339231641
3New York City FCNY City24115843281538
4Orlando City2510873636038
5CF MontrealMontreal2510783630637
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta259973530536
7Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia249873125635
8DC United25104114136534
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2495102435-1132
10Columbus Crew2687113035-531
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2375112928126
12Chicago Fire2565142440-1623
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2448122444-2020
14Toronto2546152851-2318

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England26175448301856
2Nashville SCNashville241011339231641
3New York City FCNY City24115843281538
4Orlando City2510873636038
5CF MontrealMontreal2510783630637
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta259973530536
7Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia249873125635
8DC United25104114136534
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2495102435-1132
10Columbus Crew2687113035-531
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2375112928126
12Chicago Fire2565142440-1623
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2448122444-2020
14Toronto2546152851-2318

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