Orlando City SC vs. Columbus Crew 11-25-23 MLS Soccer Analysis, Best Picks, and Odds

Orlando City SC vs. Columbus Crew 11/25/23 – As Major League Soccer playoffs heat up, Orlando City SC and Columbus Crew meet in an intriguing Eastern Conference Semifinals clash that promises to be an epic matchup on Saturday at Exploria Stadium, starting at 5:30 PM ET with live coverage available through ATV. Expect this encounter to be both tactical and thrilling; each side competing to reach their respective conference finals. MLS picks today are adding intrigue for this matchup.

Orlando City SC vs. Columbus Crew

Date & Time: Saturday, November 25 at 5:30 PM ET

Location: Exploria Stadium


Orlando City SC vs. Columbus Crew 11/25/23 Betting Odds

Orlando City SC+109-0.5 +1043.25 over -114
Columbus Crew+234+0.5 -1263.25 under -108

Orlando City SC Analysis

Orlando City SC’s offensive strengths combine tactical intelligence and individual brilliance. Facundo Torres stands out with 14 goals and 6 assists, becoming the cornerstone of their attack by his ability to find pockets of space for scoring opportunities. Duncan McGuire provides physical presence as well as clinical finishing, contributing 13 goals. Ivan Angulo adds versatility with 5 goals and 8 assists to Orlando’s attack; their collective synergy makes their offense dynamic and unpredictable on the pitch.

Orlando City SC’s defense is led by Pedro Gallese, an experienced and agile goalkeeper renowned for securing 10 clean sheets during his time with Orlando. Gallese’s reflexes and shot-stopping abilities will be critical against Columbus Crew’s attacking threats; particularly Cucho Hernandez’s sharpshooting prowess. Orlando’s defensive structure operates with precision behind him to close down spaces quickly while disrupting their opponent’s rhythms.

Columbus Crew Analysis

Columbus Crew’s offensive game is powered by their forward line, led by Cucho Hernandez. Hernandez has amassed 16 goals and 11 assists this season alone – an impressive total that proves his individual skill and poise in front of goal. Christian Ramirez and Darlington Nagbe provide additional support; with Ramirez having an eye for goal while Nagbe is adept at controlling midfield tempo; their offensive strategy likely revolves around Hernandez’s movements by drawing defenders away and creating space.

Columbus Crew are led defensively by goalkeeper Patrick Schulte, who boasted 90 saves this season to demonstrate his importance to their defense setup. Furthermore, Schulte played an essential role in starting attacks from the back and providing distribution. Behind him lies an aggressive yet tactically disciplined defense which handles aerial threats well and set pieces effectively which could prove key against Orlando City’s powerful attack; yet their true test will come when dealing with Orlando’s attacking midfielders and wingers. Columbus Crew must find ways to contain Torres and McGuire while also stopping Angulo from dominating play, while their defensive unit’s coordination in transition moments and when facing counter-attacks will play a pivotal role in stopping Orlando City SC’s offensive assault.

Orlando City SC vs. Columbus Crew Against the Spread

Orlando City SC has shown a solid trend over their last five games and against the spread, winning four and going 13-4 when playing away games against the spread. They have shown an affinity for high-scoring matches as three out of their last five matches have gone OVER in total scores.

Columbus Crew are currently playing two wins and two losses out of their last five matches, going 2-3 against the spread in this span. As with Orlando City FC, their games often produce higher scoring games with two of these matches going over.

Orlando City SC vs. Columbus Crew Free Pick

Based on odds, trends, team stats, and key players, here are the picks:

Moneyline: Orlando City SC +109 

The home advantage and consistent form make Orlando the safer bet.

Spread: Orlando City SC -0.5 (+104) 

Orlando’s offensive strength and home record suggest they can cover the spread.

Total: 3.25 over (-114)

Both teams have shown tendencies to be involved in high-scoring games, making the over a plausible pick.

Predicted Score: Orlando City SC 3, Columbus Crew 1

Orlando City SC appears to be the more reliable choice among online sportsbook in Canada bettors when considering form, trends and key players. Their balanced attack and solid defense give them an edge in what should be an exciting matchup.