FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew SC Prediction, Odds & Picks
- Columbus’ previous 4-0 win over Cincinnati bodes well for the team
- Cincinnati have a number of scoring issues that must be resolved soon
- When it comes to game-changers, Columbus have the upper-hand
FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew SC Odds
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FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew SC Predictions and Picks
Things have looked dire for Cincinnati in 2020. After falling to a 3-0 loss on Tuesday, the Ohio club has now gone through six of their eight MLS watches without a win. Across the state, Columbus has had their own share of problems, albeit on a much smaller scale.
This Ohio rivalry match will be a close one, but it should go to a Crew side that has so far had more positives than their adversaries.
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How to Watch FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew SC
|FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew SC Information|
|What||FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew SC|
|Where||Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)|
|When||Saturday, August 29th at 7:30 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
A little over one month after their previous Hell Is Real derby battle, Cincinnati and Columbus will face off once again when they take the field this weekend.
In the previous meeting on July 11th at the MLS Is Back tournament, it was Columbus who took center stage. Thanks to two goals from Gyasi Zardes, the Crew decimated Cincinnati and clinched a 4-0 win. Although both teams eventually qualified for the knockout round — and both exited in the round of 16 — Columbus were the ones who ultimately walked away with the bragging rights against their rivals.
And since then?
Although both teams haven’t had an ideal path in the continuation of the 2020 MLS season, one appears to have a slightly better track record in recent weeks: While Columbus has three wins in their five matches that followed, Cincinnati has collected just two.
Analyzing The Previous Encounter
A 4-0 result from last month isn’t something to be ignored.
In the one-sided win, it was Columbus who took control of possession, shots, corners, and duels throughout the field. Cincinnati was stunned as they constantly chased the ball and failed to be much of a threat throughout the 90 minutes.
It’s also important to remember that the Crew secured that four-goal lead by just the 60th minute. In a match where they began to gradually take their foot off the gas in the last 30 or so minutes, the gap between the two could have been even greater if Columbus had decided to continue pushing forward.
This is nothing new either. Looking at the last three games in the rivalry, Cincinnati wasn’t able to earn a single victory.
Cincinnati Lack Ideas Going Forward
While the squad should be praised for their two wins in MLS Is Back, there is no denying the fact that they have appeared predictable and uncreative in the final third.
Looking at the entirety of 2020, Cincinnati has been ranked in the bottom seven of MLS teams when it comes to xG (expected goals) and shots per 90 minutes. They have just one goal in their last three games and were scoreless in their last two.
Which is something that has impacted the team and their latest loss.
It’s obviously frustrating,” said Cincinnati’s Frankie Amaya after the recent 3-0 defeat by the Chicago Fire. “Sometimes you’re not going to have it the way you want to, but at the end of the day, it’s about a result. We obviously didn’t get a result and need to start playing better. We’ve got to wake up from the beginning.
Columbus Have Clutch Players That Could Decide Outcome
In tense and highly-anticipated rivalry games, you need leaders on the field who are willing to take on extra responsibilities. For Columbus, they can count on a number of figures who could get the job done if this match ends up becoming more problematic than expected.
Whether it be Zardes, Pedro Santos, or Darlington Nagbe, manager Caleb Porter has a handful of key players that will be ready to step up if needed this weekend. If the injured Lucas Zelarayan is also fit by this Saturday, the midfielder would be an even bigger difference-maker that could single-handedly win the game.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast.