New York City FC vs. FC Cincinnati – MLS, April 24, 2021

By Ben Morris in MLS
| April 21, 2021 10:16 am PDT

When FC Cincinnati raced into a 2-0 lead inside 12 minutes against Nashville, Major League Soccer went into meltdown. But in true Cincy style, Jaap Stam’s men threw away their advantage and ended up drawing last weekend.

The Ohio outfit visits Yankee Stadium on Saturday, April 24, with New York City aiming to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to DC United.

After looking at the MLS odds, I will share my New York City FC vs. FC Cincinnati prediction, along with my betting pick for Saturday’s clash.

New York City FC vs. FC Cincinnati Odds

New York City FC to Win1.36
The Draw4.55
FC Cincinnati to Win6.75

Despite suffering a shock loss to DC on the opening weekend, New York City (1.36) is the obvious favorite to win this one. The leading online sportsbooks clearly haven’t been swayed by last weekend’s results.

Sure, Cincinnati (6.75) showed glimpses of real promise against Nashville. But let’s not forget how poorly Stam’s men have performed over the past couple of years.

NYCFC vs. Cincinnati Match Preview

Valentin Castellanos finished the previous campaign in eye-catching form, bagging six goals and two assists across the final seven regular-season matches. When he opened his account for 2021 after 15 minutes last weekend, New York City looked set to dominate DC.

In fact, the Boys in Blue did dominate DC. Not only did they enjoy 62% possession at Audi Field, but they also created plenty of goalscoring opportunities. However, the Black-and-Red came from behind and sealed a 2-1 win.

Following a disappointing end to last year, there was already a bit of pressure on Ronny Deila. Having lost on the opening weekend of the new season, the head coach is immediately under fire this term.

Three new signings came off the bench last time out, yet they were unable to rescue the game. Alfredo Morales, Malte Amundsen, and Andre Jasson were all introduced with 20 minutes remaining, but they failed to make an immediate impact.

Regardless of what happened last weekend, the visit of Cincinnati provides Deila’s men with the perfect opportunity to pick up their first win of the season.

When Luciano Acosta gave Cincy the lead after just eight minutes against Nashville, the Orange & Blue found themselves in an unfamiliar position. When Brenner doubled their lead four minutes later, Stam’s men must have thought they were in dreamland.

But they were quickly brought back down to earth.

As it turned out, the Ohio outfit converted their only two attempts on target last weekend. On the flip side, Nashville registered a whopping 31 shots, 13 of which were on target.

Cincinnati ended up holding out for a 2-2 draw, although it could have been a whole lot worse.

Across their first two seasons in the league, FC Cincinnati only managed to record ten wins in 57 matches – finishing rock bottom of the overall standings in 2019 and 2020.

If the Orange & Blue are to avoid a third wooden spoon in a row, Brenner will need to live up to his hefty $13 million price tag.

My New York City vs. Cincinnati Prediction and Pick

Pick
  • New York City FC to Win
    1.36

Having led 2-0 against Nashville, Cincy’s opening-day draw would have felt more like a defeat. Stam’s men needed a big result last time out, but they untimely picked up where they left off last year.

NYCFC was by no means convincing against DC, although I’m confident that Deila’s side will get the better of Cincy this weekend. In my eyes, the home win is the best bet for New York City vs. Cincinnati.

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