FC Cincinnati vs Orlando City 8/7/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

Two teams that are coming off mid-week draws will battle it out on Saturday, when FC Cincinnati will play host to Orlando City. Cincinnati have struggled a lot to get wins this season, but they have not gone down easily either. They will be looking to break out of their win-less streak, while Orlando will try to return to winning ways also. 

FC Cincinnati (3 wins, 7 losses, 6 draws) are coming off a goal-less draw on the road against the New York Red Bulls. They only had a couple of shots on target in that match and should be feeling thankful for the draw. That was their second consecutive draws and 5th in their last 7 matches, with Cincinnati remaining win-less in that span (2 losses, 5 draws). They are now sitting at the 10th spot of the Eastern Conference with 15 points, scoring just 17 goals (2nd worst offense) and conceding 29 goals (2nd worst defense). 8 of their 16 matches so far had Over 2.5 Goals with an average of 2.9 goals per match. Cincinnati have the worst home record in the Conference (0 wins, 3 losses, 3 draws), scoring 5 and conceding 9 goals so far. 2 of their 6 home matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 2.3 Goals per match.

Orlando City (8 wins, 4 losses, 5 draws) did not play a pretty match at home against Inter Miami. They did take the lead at the end of the first half with Carlos Antonio, but they were equalized at the 66th minute and even had a goal disallowed at the 82nd minute. That 1-1 draw means that Orlando City have lost just 1 of their last 5 (2 wins, 1 loss, 2 draws), but they have won just 2 of their last 7 (2-3-2). Orlando City are still sitting at the 2nd spot of the Eastern Conference with 29 points, scoring 27 and conceding 22 goals in the process. They are 8 points behind New England and just 1 point ahead of Philadelphia and Nashville. 10 of their 17 matches had Over 2.5 Goals, with an average of 2.9 goals per match. Orlando City have the 3rd best away record in the Conference (3 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws), scoring 10 and conceding 15 goals in the process. 5 of their 8 away matches had Over 2.5 goals, with an average of 3.1 goals per match.

FC Cincinnati vs Orlando City. Orlando beat Cincinnati by an easy 3-0 at home earlier in the season and have now remained unbeaten in all 3 matches against them over the years (2 wins, 1 draw). Cincinnati have a trouble being consistent in the offense, especially against good defensive teams. Orlando have only kept 1 clean sheet on the road, and they are missing their starting goalkeeper. This looks like goals here, so we are siding with the Over 2.5 Goals.

FC Cincinnati vs Orlando City 8/7/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

MLS Starting Time: 18:30PM EDT

Location: TQL Stadium, Cincinnati

Date: Saturday, August 7th      

MLS Odds: FC Cincinnati +0.0

MLS Totals: 2.75

Free MLS Pick: Over 2.5 Goals

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