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Friday, 16 November, 2018

MLS table-toppers Orlando look value to see off Toronto

Lions turned on the style to win at New York City

Orlando star Kaka is back from an opening day injury
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Orlando City top the Eastern Conference standings after seven matches of the MLS season and even though five of those fixtures came at home, they could be overpriced when they visit Toronto.

The Lions have made a perfect start to life at their new home, winning every match at the Orlando City Stadium, but they lost 2-0 at Columbus on their first away outing of the campaign. However they proved that they can turn on the style on the road when they bounced back to beat New York City 2-1.

The Bronx club are a solid outfit - they made the semi-finals of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season - and there's reason to believe that Orlando can continue their good work in Canada.

Toronto are always tough to beat at BMO Field. The Canadian franchise lost just three games on home territory last season and are undefeated in four already this season. 

They are undoubtedly going to prove tough opponents and in Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco they possess two of the deadliest finishers in the division. Even so, Orlando look too big at 5-1.

There's a feelgood factor in head coach Jason Kreis's camp at the moment. In their first two seasons, the Lions finished in the lower reaches of the Eastern table with points totals of 44 and 41. They've already notched 18 points this season and are well on their way to mounting a serious playoff push.

Orlando will also be boosted by the return of Kaka to the midfield. The 2007 Ballon d'Or winner returned from a five-game absence to score against Colorado Rapids on Monday and the Lions skipper should add another dimension to an already exciting team.

Kreis noted the importance of having the Brazilian back in the squad and he looks set to play a pivotal role in Orlando's season. They can mark themselves down as credible MLS Cup candidates by claiming another three points in Canada.

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Orlando have already notched 18 points this season and are well on their way to mounting a serious playoff push
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