Orlando City vs. San Jose Earthquakes – MLS, June 22, 2021

| June 22, 2021 5:58 am PDT

The Major League Soccer action is coming thick and fast at the moment. Following a jam-packed weekend schedule, we now have a full round of midweek fixtures to get our tenth into.

Orlando City and San Jose kick off the midweek matches at Exploria Stadium on Tuesday, June 22. This cross-conference clash brings together two sides in contrasting form, with the Lions on a high and the Earthquakes on a four-game winless run.

Stay tuned as I assess the odds for Tuesday’s match and share my prediction and best bets for Orlando City vs. San Jose Earthquakes.

Orlando City vs. San Jose Game Preview

After securing three wins and three draws across their opening six games this season, Orlando suffered their first defeat of 2021 before the recent break – going down 2-1 to the Red Bulls.

However, the Lions flexed their muscles last weekend and returned to winning ways at the first available opportunity.

Early goals from Tesho Akindele and Nani saw Oscar Pareja’s men race into a 2-0 lead inside eight minutes against Toronto. The Canadians responded and leveled the score before half-time, but Junior Urso netted a late winner for Orlando.

The Lions now find themselves second in the Eastern Conference – five points behind New England. Still, they have a game in hand over the Revs and also boast a better goal difference than Bruce Arena’s side.

Having lost just one of their eight matches this year, Pareja’s men are feared opponents at the moment.

When San Jose won three of their opening four games this season, the Californians looked set for a much-improved campaign. But since then, they have only managed to take one point from a possible 12.

Following defeats to Seattle, Sporting KC, and the Galaxy, the Quakes were held to a goalless draw by Austin last time out.

Matias Almeyda’s men sit eighth in the Western Conference – 11 points behind first-place Seattle and three points ahead of last-place Dallas.

But, after a promising start, they now find themselves in a familiar position.

The goals have dried up for San Jose, too. Chris Wondolowski, Cade Cowell, and Jackson Yueill all hit the ground running at the beginning of the season, but they have struggled of late.

Orlando vs. Earthquakes Odds

Orlando City to Win1.74
The Draw3.65
San Jose Earthquakes to Win4.70
Both Teams to Score1.68
Over 2.5 Goals1.75
Over 2.5 Goals2.10

Having analyzed both teams’ form, it is no real surprise that all top online sportsbooks view Orlando as the obvious favorite to claim all three points on Tuesday.

The goal-based markets are also worth considering here. No team has conceded more goals than Orlando in the East, while San Jose has the second-worst defensive record in the West.

My Orlando vs. San Jose Prediction

Let’s face it – Orlando should win this one pretty comfortably. Not only have the Lions seen off Toronto twice this year, but they have also gotten the better of Cincinnati and DC United without conceding a goal.

I wouldn’t be shocked if San Jose snatched a goal on Tuesday. With that in mind, my score prediction for Orlando City vs. San Jose Earthquakes is 3-1.

Best Bets for Orlando vs. Earthquakes

When you consider the gulf in quality between Orlando and San Jose at the moment, I think the price for the home win is definitely worth taking advantage of. The Quakes have played four home games this season and have picked up two wins, and two draws so far.

  • Pick: Orlando City to Win – 1.74

I’m also pretty confident that Orlando and San Jose will produce at least three goals between them. After all, the Quakes have scored 11 and conceded 12 this year, while five of their matches have produced over 2.5 goals.

  • Pick: Over 2.5 Goals – 1.75
Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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