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Friday’s MLS action sees FC Cincinatti against Orlando City.
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FC Cincinatti will play in this game following a 1-1 MLS drawn result versus Philadelphia Union.
In that match, FC Cincinatti had 55% possession and 17 shots at goal with 5 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for FC Cincinatti was Brandon Vázquez (39'). Philadelphia Union got 13 shots at goal with 5 on target. Alejandro Bedoya (17') was the scorer for Philadelphia Union.
FC Cincinatti have not been the best at stopping their opponents lately, although they have also done enough to score goals themselves. Analysis of their previous 6 games shows that FC Cincinatti have been punished defensively in 5 of them as well as scoring in 6 of those matches. We will find out whether or not that trend will be sustained here.
Orlando City head into the meeting following on from a 2-1 MLS win with the downing of Houston Dynamo in their previous game.
In that match, Orlando City managed 46% possession and 18 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. The only player to score for Orlando City was Ercan Kara (25', 58'). Houston Dynamo had 13 attempts at goal with 5 on target. Sebastián Ferreira (59') was the scorer for Houston Dynamo.
Over the course of their previous half-dozen outings, Orlando City have amassed a tally of 8 goals. Orlando City have also managed to score on each one of those occasions. During that period, they’ve seen 8 goals go against them.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head-to-head meetings dating back to 19/05/2019 shows that FC Cincinatti have won 1 of them and Orlando City 3, with the number of drawn results being 2.
A combined total of 17 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 5 from Cincinatti and 12 netted by The Lions. The average goals per game has been 2.83.
The last league match featuring these clubs was MLS match day 4 on 13/03/2022 which ended up with the score at Orlando City 1-2 FC Cincinatti.
On that day, Orlando City had 69% possession and 17 shots at goal with 6 on target. The scorer was Júnior Urso (42').
On the other side, FC Cincinatti got 9 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Brandon Vázquez (13', 53') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Chris Penso.
Team News: FC Cincinatti
The FC Cincinatti boss Pat Noonan does not have any fitness worries at all before this game thanks to a completely healthy squad to pick from.
Team News: Orlando City
Orlando City manager Óscar Pareja has to currently contend with reduced team options. Antônio Carlos (Torn Muscle) and Gastón González (Cruciate Ligament Surgery) miss out here.
We’re inclined to think that Orlando City will need to push hard to get anything against this FC Cincinatti team who we think will likely get the win and a maybe even keep a clean sheet as well.
We’re therefore anticipating a hard-fought 1-0 victory for FC Cincinatti when the referee blows for full-time.
We’re expecting it to be that close.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: TQL Stadium (26,000)
Captain: Luciano Acosta
Chairman: Carl H. Lindner III
Manager: Pat Noonan
Competitions: MLS (Parent), MLS (Eastern Conference)