August 6, 2022 Sports Betting
At the TQL Stadium on Saturday, FC Cincinnati will face the league’s top team in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Union, in a struggle to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Last time out, Pat Noonan’s team and Inter Miami fought to a thrilling draw, while the visitors humiliated the Houston Dynamo .
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Cincinnati’s lack of ruthlessness is not the problem; rather, Noonan’s team is finding it difficult to shut down in their defensive third, as they have now gone seven MLS games without a victory.
Brenner and Brandon Vazquez scored two goals each in what the Cincinnati manager called a “chaotic” match against Inter Miami, but Gonzalo Higuain turned back the years with a hat-trick before an unlikely hero in Christopher McVey scored the decisive goal for Phil Neville’s team in the seventh minute of second-half injury time.
Amazingly, that marked Cincinnati’s second draw in as many games (Noonan’s team previously split eight goals with New York City at the end of June), and it makes this weekend’s hosts’ streak of draws six out of seven.
Despite giving up the second-most goals in their division , Cincinnati is clinging to the seventh and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Only basement team DC United has a worse record in that department.
Jim Curtin and the Philadelphia Union have likewise put on goal-filled games in recent weeks, but unlike their leaky hosts, the Eastern Conference leaders typically only cause the net to tremble at the other end of the field.
Last weekend’s victory over the Houston Dynamo was accomplished with six goals from five different scorers, including a brace from Mikael Uhre and goals from Daniel Gazdag, Julian Carranza, Jack McGlynn, and Quinn Sullivan.
Despite having played one more game than New York City and sitting comfortably atop the Eastern Conference after five straight wins, Los Angeles FC continues to hold the lead in the fight for the Supporters’ Shield.
While Curtin’s talented group has won five straight games while giving up just two goals, their dismal road record of three wins in their last ten games may give Cincinnati some hope that an upset may be in the works.
Even though Cincinnati was able to keep the Union to a stalemate just last month, the visitors have yet to win this matchup and have just twice managed to get past the Union’s defense in seven games.
The majority of Cincinnati supporters would likely take a draw against the Eastern Conference leaders, whose propensity for goals should become clear tonight, even though they are sick of seeing stalemates anymore.
The Union should have no trouble getting through the weak Orange and Blue defense, and they also possess the defensive know-how to stop the visitors’ winning streak at the TQL Stadium.