FC Cincinnati vs. Minnesota United – MLS, October 24, 2020
Following an impressive victory over Columbus Crew, FC Cincinnati returned to losing ways against DC United last weekend. Next up, Jaap Stam’s side welcomes Minnesota United to Nippert Stadium on Saturday, October 24, for a cross-conference matchup.
A four-game unbeaten streak has seen the Loons secure fifth place in the Western Conference, while a run of five defeats in six outings has left Cincinnati second-bottom in the East.
I discuss the bookies’ odds before sharing my FC Cincinnati vs. Minnesota United prediction and betting pick.
FC Cincinnati vs. Minnesota United Odds
Although Cincinnati (2.75) is languishing at the bottom end of the Eastern Conference, Stam’s men have only lost three of their nine games at Nippert Stadium this season. 10bet clearly thinks the Ohio club will benefit from playing on home soil this weekend, but Minnesota (2.30) is still the favorite to win.
The Loons have lost just four of their 11 away games this year, although they have failed to win any of their previous five road outings.
FC Cincinnati vs. Minnesota United Preview
As expected, Cincinnati proved that their rare victory over Columbus was a freak result as they lost 2-1 to bottom-club DC on Sunday. The Orange & Blue ended a run of four straight defeats by beating the Crew last week, but the team swiftly returned to losing ways.
Brandon Vazquez scored his second goal of the season to cancel out Donovan Pines’ opener last weekend. But despite enjoying the majority of possession and recording 11 shots (six on target), Cincinnati conceded late on.
Following five games without a goal, Stam will be happy that his side has managed to net in back-to-back outings. However, the Ohio outfit has now gone six games without keeping a clean sheet, and Cincinnati’s reputation as a solid defensive team seems to have disappeared.
By contrast, Minnesota has kept three clean sheets in their previous four outings, with a 2-0 victory over Cincinnati coming in between goalless draws against Real Salt Lake and Nashville SC.
The Loons’ impressive defensive run was brought to end by Houston Dynamo last time out, but they still managed to secure a point. Ethan Finlay’s first-half brace gave Minnesota a comfortable lead, although two late goals meant that Adrian Heath’s side had to settle for a draw.
The Western Conference is very congested at the moment. The Loons are only seven points behind league-leaders Seattle Sounders, but they are also just six points ahead of bottom-club LA Galaxy. Still, I’m confident that Minnesota will qualify for the play-offs without any real problems.
FC Cincinnati vs. Minnesota United Betting Pick
Minnesota United to Win2.30
Cincinnati definitely enjoys playing at home, but I can’t see how the Orange & Blue is going to prevent Minnesota from claiming all three points on Saturday. After all, the Loons are miles clear of Stam’s side in the Supporters’ Shield standings.
Heath’s men have struggled on their travels recently, but I’m backing them to return to winning ways on the road with a comfortable victory over Cincinnati.