As the MLS regular season nears its end, the Friday night slate has returned on DraftKings with a small two game slate. As we look at today’s MLS Game Breakdown I will be analyzing some injury concerns and look for potential breakout players. Also follow me on Twitter (@jwl_15) for injury and lineup updates throughout the day.
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New York City FC @ Orlando City SC
Orlando City SC goes into the biggest game of their young history without two of their best players due to suspension. They will be eliminated if they don’t win and will have to do it without Kaka and Brek Shea. Their defense may also be without Corey Ashe and Rafael Ramos who are questionable with injuries. That means their playoff hopes lie in the play of Rookie of the Year candidate Cyle Larin. As for NYCFC, they have three suspensions that will keep RJ Allen, Jason Hernandez, and Sebastian Velasquez on the sideline for Friday night. Also defender Iraola is questionable with a calf injury and his status should be monitored as the lineups are announced. Without Kaka and Brek Shea, Orlando City SC will have their work cut out for them on Friday, but expect Larin and company to rally behind the home crowd as they push for three points.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 3 (o: -105, u: -115)
Players to Watch
* David Villa, New York City FC ($12,500)
* Frank Lampard, New York City FC ($6,400)
* Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC ($8,800)
* Luke Boden, Orlando City SC ($4,200)
Sporting KC @ San Jose Earthquakes
In a match that could shape the Western Conference playoffs, San Jose comes into this game needing a win keep their hopes alive. Sporting KC will clinch with a win or draw on Friday and will likely have a full strength lineup. Roger Espinoza and Ike Opara will still be out with their injuries, but everyone else will be available in this huge matchup. As for San Jose, they will be without two key players as Marc Pelosi and Victor Bernardez are both suspended for Friday night. Luckily it doesn’t look like any other key players will be absent in this must win matchup at home. Expect San Jose to look strong at home and earn at least a point in hopes to keep their playoff chances alive.
Line: (Pick) O/U: 2 ½ (o: -110, u: -110)
Players to Watch
* Benny Feilhaber, Sporting KC ($9,500)
* Krisztian Nemeth, Sporting KC ($8,500)
* Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes ($9,600)
* Quincy Amarikwa, San Jose Earthquakes ($7,800)