FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew MLS Betting Prediction

MLS FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew Prediction 5/11/2024

FC Cincinnati (6-2-3) travel to face off against Columbus Crew (3-1-6) on Saturday, May 11th. This match will be played at Lower.com Field in Columbus, OH. FC Cincinnati is coming off a win in their previous match, while Columbus Crew played to a draw vs. FC Cincinnati. The match is scheduled for 7:45 PM ET.

FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew

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FC Cincinnati Is Coming Off A Win

FC Cincinnati will be looking to build off their 1-0 win over Orlando City SC. This win came on the road and they went into the match as the +225 underdog. The two clubs only scored one goal, which was one goal short of the over/under line.

On offense, FC Cincinnati was led by Luciano Acosta, who scored on both of his shot on goal attempts. Acosta was the only player for Cincinnati to score, and the club took a total of seven shots and three shots on goal.

Defensively, Roman Celentano picked up a clean sheet, making two saves on Orlando City’s three shots on goal. As a whole, the defense had eight interceptions and blocked two shots.

Through 11 matches this season, FC Cincinnati has a record of 6-2-3, which has them in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. They have won three straight matches, including a 1-0 win over Orlando City SC on May 4th. Overall, they have been better on the road, going 4-1-1, compared to a 2-1-2 record at home. Following this match, they will be back at home on May 15th against Atlanta United FC. Over their last four matches, they have gone 3-1.

Columbus Crew Is Coming Off A Draw

The Columbus Crew will be looking to get back in the win column after playing to a 0-0 draw in their last match. This match took place on their home pitch and despite not getting the win, they had a money line of -159, which was the second-lowest on the four-match money line.

Heading into their last match, the over/under line was set at 2.5 goals, and with no goals scored, the match finished well below this figure. This was the first time in three matches for the Crew that they didn’t have a goal, and for the match, they took a total of 13 shots and four shots on goal.

On the defensive end, the Crew was able to keep CF Montreal off the scoreboard despite Montreal taking a total of eight shots and three shots on goal. Columbus’ defense was active in terms of blocking shots, finishing with five blocked shots while intercepting 11 passes.

In this match, the Columbus Crew will be taking on FC Cincinnati at home. So far this season, the Crew has a record of 3-1-6, which has them sitting in 5th place in the Eastern Conference. Over their last five matches, they have gone 0-0-5, and they have drawn in five straight matches. Overall, they are 3-0-3 at home, and they have been favored in nine of their ten matches. Following this match, they will be on the road to take on CF Montréal on May 15th.

FC Cincinnati Offense Breakdown

FC Cincinnati has been an average offensive team this season, ranking 22nd in MLS with 1.2 goals per match. Luciano Acosta has been their top scorer, finding the net five times, which is 13th in the league. He also leads the team in shots on goal, ranking 25th in MLS. Overall, Cincinnati is 6th in MLS in shots on goal and 12th in passing percentage.

Columbus Crew Offense Breakdown

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The Columbus Crew’s offense has been average this season, scoring 1.2 goals per match, which is 19th in MLS. Cucho Hernández is the team’s top scorer, finding the back of the net four times, which is also 22nd in the league. He also leads the team in shots on goal, with 11, which is 21st in MLS. Overall, the Crew have been very efficient with their passing, leading the league with an 87.2% passing percentage.

FC Cincinnati Defense Breakdown

FC Cincinnati’s defense has been solid this season, as they are currently 2nd in the MLS in goals allowed per match at 0.8. However, they have given up six goals over their last five matches, which is a 1.2 goals per match average. They have been solid against some of the weaker offenses in the league, as they have shut out Orlando City SC and held CF Montréal to just two goals. Keeper Roman Celentano is 3rd in the MLS with four clean sheets, and he is 26th in saves with 20.

Columbus Crew Defense Breakdown

Heading into their match against FC Cincinnati, the Columbus Crew’s defense is currently 3rd in MLS in goals allowed per match at 0.9. They are also 10th in blocked shots and 17th in interceptions. Over their last five matches, they have given up five goals (1.0 per match). They are coming off a shutout against CF Montréal, who is 20th in scoring. Keeper Patrick Schulte is 10th in MLS with three clean sheets, and his 17 saves are 31st in the league.

FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew Prediction

Given the way these two teams have played on the defensive end this season, we have this one ending in a 1-1 draw, which is listed at +255. Coming into the match, both Columbus and FC Cincinnati are in the top two in fewest goals allowed in the MLS. Our projections are giving Cucho Hernandez of the Crew the best chance to score a goal. On the FC Cincinnati side, look for Sergio Santos to find the back of the net.

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