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Orlando City
Major League Soccer
May 26, 2024 at 12.30am UK
Exploria Stadium
Columbus Crew

Orlando City
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Columbus Crew

Araujo (45'), Felipe (89')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Rossi (45+1' pen., 61')
Camacho (56'), Schulte (70')

Preview: Orlando City vs. Columbus Crew - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between Orlando City and Columbus Crew, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Columbus Crew set out in search of a fourth away win on the bounce when they journey to the Exploria Stadium to square off with Orlando City on Saturday.

Oscar Pareja's men have failed to win in any of their last four home matches heading into the weekend and will be looking to end this poor run.

Match preview

Orlando City defender Robin Jansson (6) congratulates forward Jack Lynn (27) after scoring a goal on March 24, 2024© Reuters

Orlando City continued their strong form away from home as they picked up a hard-fought 1-0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes at PayPal Park last Sunday.

With nothing to separate the two sides heading into the stoppage time, 24-year-old forward Jack Lynn came up clutch for the visitors as he netted an 88th-minute winner to hand the Quakes their 10th league defeat of the season.

Orlando City have now gone unbeaten in each of their four games on the road since a 2-0 loss at Atlanta United on March 18, claiming three wins and one draw while scoring nine goals and conceding six in that time.

Pareja's men will need to be at their best this weekend as they return home, where they have failed to win their last four home games, picking up two points from a possible 12 since March's 2-0 victory over Austin FC.

Like Orlando City, Columbus Crew picked up another impressive away victory last Saturday as they edged out Chicago Fire 3-1 when the sides met at the Soldier Field Stadium.

Diego Rossi and Christian Ramirez scored in either half to put the Crew in a commanding lead, and after Carlos Teran pulled one back in the 85th minute, Jacen Russell-Rowe struck three minutes later to overcome a late comeback scare.

Columbus Crew have now gone unbeaten in 11 of their last 12 matches across all competitions — picking up five wins and six draws — with a 2-1 defeat against FC Cincinnati at Field on May 12 being the exception.

This fine run of results has seen Wilfried Nancy's men reach the final of the CONCACAF Champions Cup after seeing off Houston Dynamo and Tigres before thrashing Mexican outfit Monterrey 5-2 in the semi-finals.

With 21 points from 13 matches, the Crew are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference standings, five points and three places above Saturday's hosts, and level on points with sixth-placed Charlotte FC.

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Team News

Columbus Crew defender Malte Amundsen (18) reacts on March 24, 2024© Reuters

Orlando City will take to the pitch without the defensive duo of Robin Jansson and Michael Halliday, who are currently recuperating from ankle and knee injuries respectively.

Teenage defender Tahir Reid-Brown has also missed each of the Lions' last seven games through a thigh problem and is out of contention for this Saturday's matchup.

Ramiro Enrique has been sidelined since coming off with an ankle injury against Tigres on March 13 and the Argentine striker will also play no part in this weekend's game.

Columbus Crew, meanwhile, will have to cope without 25-year-old forward Cucho Hernandez, who has missed the last two matches since sustaining an injury against FC Cincinnati on May 12.

He is joined on the club's injury table by veteran goalkeeper Evan Bush, who has been out of action since picking up an arm injury in the goalless draw against Real Salt Lake on April 14.

Orlando City possible starting lineup:
Gallese; Thorhallsson, Brekalo, Schlegel; Lodeiro, Martins, Cartagena, Angulo; Torres, McGuire, Muriel

Columbus Crew possible starting lineup:
Schulte; Moreira, Camacho, Cheberko; Farsi, Nagbe, Morris, Sands; Hinestroza, Rossi, Ramirez

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We say: Orlando City 2-2 Columbus Crew

The last seven meetings between Orlando City and Columbus Crew have produced a combined 28 goals and we anticipate another action-packed contest at the Exploria Stadium. Both sides have put together a solid run of results in recent weeks and we predict that they will cancel out each other's efforts.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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Eastern Conference

1Inter MiamiInter Miami24155454381650
2FC CincinnatiCincinnati24153643301348
3Columbus Crew22127346202643
4New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2491143930938
5New York City FCNY City2411493529637
6Charlotte FCCharlotte FC2410682825336
7Orlando City249693837133
8CF MontrealMontreal246993448-1427
10Nashville SCNashville2468102636-1026
11DC United2568113550-1526
12Atlanta UnitedAtlanta2467113335-225
13Chicago Fire2467112940-1125
14Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia2459104242024
15New England RevolutionNew England2271142246-2422

Western Conference

1Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy25137547341346
2Real Salt LakeSalt Lake24128449311844
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles23135545301544
4Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver2311574031938
5Colorado RapidsColorado2511594741638
6Seattle SoundersSeattle2410773426837
7Portland TimbersPortland2410684839936
8Houston DynamoHouston239773127434
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd2486103841-330
10Austin FCAustin2486102635-930
12Sporting Kansas CityKansas2565144051-1123
13St Louis City24410103145-1422
14San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes2442183159-2814

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