Minnesota United vs FC Cincinnati betting preview
Minnesota United take on the struggling FC Cincinnati this weekend at Allianz Field in a meeting between two sides who are experiencing different fortunes. Minnesota are 7th in the Western Conference and are currently occupying that final playoff spot, whereas FC Cincinnati are having a brutal start to life as an MLS franchise as they sit dead last in the East, six points adrift of New England above them.
Minnesota United come into this game after back-to-back wins against Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo, however, those came in the US Open Cup. The Loons’ MLS form has been poor of late having lost their last three, but a home game against FC Cincinnati is the ideal fixture for them to turn that around. Cincinnati’s form has been horrendous as they have lost ten of their last 11 games, including their last five in succession. They have conceded two or more in their last five, so it is difficult to see where their next positive result is coming from.
This is the first meeting between the two in MLS play, so it will be interesting to see how it pans out. Minnesota are in a bad patch of form, so they will be thankful to have a home fixture against Cincinnati next. It’s ideal timing and impossible to see anything other than a Minnesota win.
The hosts are missing goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth who is out with a knee injury and they could also be without Carter Manley who is a doubt after picking up an injury to his left leg. Kevin Molino is an absentee as he is currently at the Gold Cup representing Trinidad and Tobago.
FC Cincinnati are experiencing the harsh realities of being a brand-new MLS franchise. As well as being rock-bottom of the Eastern Conference, they have a large list of players who are missing for all kinds of reasons. Jimmy McLaughlin is out with a long-term ACL injury, Greg Garza has a calf injury and Roland Lamah has a problem with his hamstring. Fanendo Adi is a doubt whilst Allan Cruz, Darren Mattocks and Alvas Powell are all away on international duty.
Minnesota United should win this game with ease, but rather than taking the win at 1.50, I would opt for the home side to win with over 1.5 goals in the game at a slightly more attractive 1.80. You may as well take the over 1.5 goals too because Cincinnati have lost their last five in a row, conceding at least two goals in each. They have also lost their last seven away games on the bounce, conceding a whopping 13 goals in their last three.
I also like Minnesota United to score three or more goals at 2.87 as that looks like a really good price. If you look at Cincinnati’s last three away games, they are defeats that read 5-1, 3-1 and 5-2. Quite staggering, and the Loons have good players going forward so I would expect them to take full advantage and put an end to this dip in form they are experiencing.
Darwin Quintero is the main man up top for Minnesota and he has been very impressive since he joined the MLS side from Club America across the border in Mexico. He has five goals in 15 games so far this season, and he has scored four goals in his last two games which came in the Open Cup. 2.50 for him to score anytime against new boys Cincinnati looks like an excellent price given the fact that he will get plenty of chances against a poor defence.