Minnesota United FC vs FC Cincinnati Prediction, Betting Odds, Picks

  • Minnesota United FC have beaten FC Cincinnati in their last three meetings, while scoring 10 goals in those games
  • FC Cincinnati ended its winless run last weekend and will be looking to keep the momentum going
  • Minnesota United FC’s three-match winning run came to an end at the hands of LAFC last weekend

Minnesota United FC vs FC Cincinnati Odds

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Minnesota United FC vs FC Cincinnati Prediction

Minnesota United FC have faced FC Cincinnati thrice in the league and won all times. They have scored 10 goals in those matches and conceded just once.

Outside the league, the two sides have faced once in the US Open Cup, and it was Minnesota United who won that fixture too. The game ended goalless in normal time, before the away side won 3-1 in the penalty shootout.

The last time these two sides met was back in October 2020, and we had a dramatic winner. It was a proper game of two halves as Cincinnati dominated the first 45, while Minnesota got hold of the game for the final 45. Aaron Schoenfeld scored the lone goal of the game in the 92nd minute to deny Cincinnati their first points against Minnesota.

Cincinnati will be looking to get their first win over Minnesota this weekend, but they are very likely to fall short again. The home side are in better form when compared to the visitors and should be able to get a win.

Minnesota United FC Are Not at their Best but Have Points on the Table

Minnesota United did not enjoy a good pre-season, and they were expected to struggle in the league. They managed just one win in their 5 friendly games and had drawn thrice.

However, they started off the season in decent fashion and went on a four-match unbeaten streak. They were held to a 1-1 draw by the Philadelphia Union in the first game of the season after they took the lead midway through the first half.

Their first home game of the season also ended in a 1-1 draw, but this time they had to fight from a goal down to get their point. Charles Sapong handed the away side a very early lead with a goal in the fifth minute of the match. Minnesota were struggling to get back into the game despite dominating possession before Hassani Dotson got them the equalizer with less than 20 minutes left. They could not go on and get another goal, and the game ended in a draw.

Their wait for the first win of the season did not last long as they managed to beat New York Red Bulls in the 3rd game week. Luis Amarilla scored the lone goal of the game early in the second half, and the defense did the rest of the job for United. The Red Bulls attacked throughout the game and had 19 shots at goal but could not find the back of the net once.

Luis Amarilla was once again on the scoresheet for Minnesota, and it turned out to be the winner against the San Jose Earthquakes. The defense was on point, too, and they did not let their opponents have a shot on target throughout the game.

The sneaky win run came to an end the next game week when they met the Seattle Sounders at home. João Paulo handed the away side the lead in the first half before Brent Kallman’s own goal doubled their lead. Emanuel Reynoso pulled one back for Minnesota from the spot in the 82nd minute, but they could not find another, thus ending their unbeaten start to the season.

Austin FC gave Minnesota a taste of their own medicine by edging out a 1-0 win. Maximiliano Urruti scored the lone goal of the game and then defended well to keep the scoreline intact.

It looked like the opponents had found a way to get behind the Minnesota defense and Colorado Rapids tried to replicate it. However, they failed to make much of an impact, and Minnesota managed to win 3-1. Bakaye Dibassy, Robin Lod, and Abu Danladi got on the scoresheet for the home side, while Diego Rubio scored the only goal for Rapids.

United had to leave things late against Chicago Fire in the next game but managed to run out 3-0 winners. Both sides were going neck and neck throughout the game before Emanuel Reynoso broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute. Kervin Arriaga and Robin Lod added two more goals in the final 6 minutes of the match after Federico Navarro was sent off for the away side.

They seemed to have found their feet, but LAFC handed them a reality check. Ryan Hollingshead and José Cifuentes scored in the final 8 minutes of the match to hand LAFC a 2-0 win, leaving Minnesota 9th in the league table.

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FC Cincinnati Struggling With Just 10 Points From 9 Matches

FC Cincinnati had a great pre-season and were expected to be one of the dark horses in the title race. But the start of the season has been poor, and they are now lingering around the bottom of the table.

They kicked things off this season with a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Austin FC. Pat Noonan’s side had no reply to the attacks from the Texas side, and they were down 3-0 before halftime. Cecilio Domínguez got his second of the game right after the hour mark and then an own goal from Alec Kann made it 5-0 right at the very end.

DC United went down to 10-men in the next game against FC Cincinnati but still managed to score the lone goal of the game. Moses Nyeman was sent off with 10 minutes to go and the home crowd thought things were in their favor. However, Ola Kamara scored with the last kick of the game and handed the side from the capital an unlikely win.

Cincinnati bounced back with wins over Orlando City and Inter Miami, but they just could not keep their momentum going. They ended up losing to newcomers Charlotte FC in the next match and then lost 4-3 to CF Montreal in a drama-filled game.

Their only draw of the season came at Atlanta United, where they were down to 10-men for over 25 minutes. Nick Hagglund was shown his second yellow card in the 77th minute, but his teammates managed to hold on for a goalless draw.

Despite a strong performance, Cincinnati could not do much in the next match and lost 2-1 to LAFC. Luciano Acosta handed them the lead right at halftime, but Kellyn Acosta and Daniel Musovski scored in the second half to give LAFC the win.

They did manage to bounce back to beat Toronto FC last week, but were far from being at their best. Ian Murphy and Luciano Acosta were on the scoresheet, with Jesús Jiménez scoring the lone goal for the Canadian side.

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How to Watch Minnesota United FC vs FC Cincinnati

Teams Minnesota United FC vs FC Cincinnati
Location Allianz Field
Time Saturday, May 7 at 8 pm EST
How to watch MLS LIVE on ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN, Bally Sports North, The CW – Twin Cities, STAR 64

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