Orlando City v Columbus Crew Predicted Lineups: Battle of the Beasts!

The Columbus Crew is hitting the road, making their way down to Florida for a showdown with Orlando City at Exploria Stadium this Saturday night.

It’s a match that could solidify their spots in the playoff quarter-finals since both teams are comfortably sitting in the top five of the Eastern Conference, putting them on track for direct qualification.

Orlando City v Columbus Crew Predicted Lineups: Battle of the Beasts!
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Orlando City v Columbus Crew Predicted Lineups and Team News

Orlando City’s rocky start has transformed into a solid playoff trajectory. Since the mid-season break, they’ve notched 10 points in four games, including impressive wins against Chicago Fire and leaders Cincinnati. They’re comfortably poised for the playoffs, sitting 12 points clear of eighth place.

Columbus, just two points behind Orlando, is also eyeing a playoff run. They lead the Eastern Conference in goals, but their defense needs tightening. With three wins in four post-break matches, including a 3-0 victory over Cincinnati, they’re on an upswing. It sets the stage for an enticing clash at Exploria Stadium.

Team News: Orlando City

Oscar Pareja couldn’t be happier with his squad’s performance, clinching a victory against the league leaders on their own turf. Despite some setbacks, with top striker Duncan Maguire sidelined and defensive anchor Wilder Cartagena getting sent off, Pareja remains unfazed.

He’s got a good reason not to fret – his recent acquisitions, Júnior Urso and Ramiro Enrique, have shown they’re more than up to the task. With this boost in confidence, Pareja’s team is heading into their upcoming game against Columbus with their heads held high.

Orlando City Predicted Lineups

Pedro Gallese; Dagur Dan Þórhallsson, Rodrigo Schlegel, Robin Jansson,Rafael Santos; César Araújo, Júnior Urso; Facundo Torres, Mauricio Pereyra, Iván Angulo; Ramiro Enrique.

Team News: Columbus Crew

Wilfred Nancy dominated his previous team 4-2 with an amazing hat trick from his striker Cucho Hernández. With a solid midfield domination, Nancy has nothing to worry about other than Rudy Camacho, whose performance was poor as his error led to a goal against them.

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Maybe we will not see him against Orlando City as Nancy will want to win against their in-form rival to keep their momentum going.

Columbus Crew Predicted Lineups

Patrick Schulte; Steven Moreira, Rudy Camacho, Malte Amundsen; Julian Gressel, Darlington Nagbe, Aidan Morris, Yaw Yeboah; Christian Ramirez, Diego Rossi; Cucho Hernández.

Will Duncan Maguire Play Today?

Despite Maguire limping off during their match against Cincinnati due to a muscular issue, he’s conspicuously absent from the injury report ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Columbus. This leaves us speculating whether he might make a return to the lineup or if he’ll be relegated to the bench for the upcoming match.

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