New York City host Cincinnati in the Eastern Conference clash at the Yankee Stadium on Thursday evening, with NYC FC hoping to win this game in front of their home crowd and Cincinnati looking to avoid a fourth defeat on the trot in the Major League Soccer (MLS).
New York City are in good form throughout the season and have lost only one game of their last ten games with a 2-2 draw against Columbus previous game. The club are placed sixth in the Eastern Conference table, only two points clear of the top seven spot with 21 games remaining. FC Cincinnati, on the other hand, sits at the last place in the MLS Eastern Conference table. The club are in a struggling run of form this season and have lost eight games of their previous nine matches.
Columbus made a confident start in the first half and struck first with a goal in the 28′ minute from Gyasi Zardes. NYC FC makes a strong comeback in the second half and scored a goal in the 57th minute from Heber Araujo dos Santos. Columbus responded strongly with a goal from Pedro Santos at 61’. NYC FC finished the game 2-2 with the last goal in 76’ from Valentin Castellanos.
FC Cincinnati registered a 1-3 loss against Colorado Rapids on Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. FC Cincinnati played an exceptional game in the first half but conceded a goal in the last minutes through Andre Shinyashiki. The Cincinnati rediscovered their mojo and ended up scoring at 72’ from Kekuta Manneh. Colorado recovered almost instantly when Nicolas Mezquida scored a goal in the next minute. Colorado then finished the game off with the third goal at 82’ from Diego Rubio.
New York City vs Cincinnati Prediction
New York City will go into the tie as favorites, and they should get back to winning ways. Cincinnati are in a bad spot, and a fourth consecutive loss is looming on the horizon. Playing at home, NYC FC should have enough to get the job done. Expect the NYC FC winning the game with more than one goal.