Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez found the net against Columbus Crew last weekend and tied the MLS single-season goals record in the process. Ahead of Friday night, the UK bookmakers make the Venezuelan goal-machine odds-on to make history in Orlando.
Martinez’s goal against the Columbus Crew was his 27th of the season, putting him level with Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips. With nine games left, he is certain to smash the record, it’s just a case of when.
Many fancy him to score against Orlando, and it is hard to look past him. It’s like the soccer gods scripted this to happen – a game between two rivals and a game where one of the best forwards to grace Major League Soccer can create history.
Orlando’s recent performances don’t make for good reading if you are a fan of the Lions. They have lost four of their last five MLS games, conceding 15 goals along the way. Martinez will be licking his lips at these statistics, and the Orlando City back-line will be quivering.
MLS’ Rivalry Week theme continues tonight and Orlando City and Atlanta United have the honour of getting the weekend’s action underway. The game is followed by LA Galaxy vs Los Angeles FC which kicks off at 03:30am UK time.