Our prediction for this MLS match:
Thursday’s football game at Exploria Stadium pits together Orlando City and Nashville. The Lions were producing fine displays at the MLS is back tournament, but they failed to impress in a 3-2 loss to Inter Miami in their last league match. Orlando City aim to return to winning ways in the Major League Soccer, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the midweek clash. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Portugal international Nani, who extended his goal-scoring run at the weekend.
The newcomers, on the other hand, failed to spoil Atlanta United’s party at Mercedes-Benz-Stadium even though the Five Stripes were without injured top scorer Josef Martinez. Anyhow, Orlando City are more of a team than Nashville, and we predict that the Lions are going to prove their worth on the field.
Highlighted Player (Nani):
Nani is a product of Sporting CP’s famous youth academy. The pacey winger played 58 games for the capital club in Primeira Liga, scoring nine goals and in 2007 he joined Premier League side Manchester United. He signed a five-year deal with the Old Trafford outfit for a fee of €25.5 million.
He joined his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd and it has to be noted that Nani he spent eight seasons at the club. In 2014 he returned to Sporting (loan) and at the end of the 2014/2015 Primeira Liga campaign he moved to Turkish side Fenerbahce.
In 2016 he signed a three-year deal with Valencia for an undisclosed fee. Speaking of his international career, Nani did remarkably well to win the 2016 European Championship trophy with Portugal and it has to be noted that he started against France in the title game. The Portuguese winger won the 2007/2008 Champions League trophy with Manchester United.
Highlighted Team (Nashville):
Nashville is one of the newer additions to the Major League Soccer, with the team being founded on December 20, 2017. The Yellows made their MLS debut on February 29, 2020, with the team taking on Atlanta United at their Nissan Stadium.
The match was played in front of 59,069 spectators, with Nashville suffering a 2-1 defeat. Nissan Stadium was opened on August 27, 1999, and it can hold up to 69,143 people. Nashville recorded their first MLS triumph on August 13, 2020, with the team beating Dallas on the road. The match was played behind closed doors due to the fierce of coronavirus spread.
Ghana international David Accam scored the only goal of the match. The club’s primary colours are electric gold and acoustic blue, with the club’s crest being a gold octagon with monogram “N”. Nashville footballers wear yellow shirts and yellow shorts when playing at home, while blue is the dominant colour of their away jersey.