FC Cincinnati vs New England Revolution Prediction, Preview and Odds - 5/29/21
Last place FC Cincinnati hosts the first-place New England Revolution on Saturday in a matchday 7 MLS fixture. Cincinnati is 1-1-3 on four points with a -8 goal difference. Cincinnati earned its first victory of the season in its most recent match after defeating Montreal 2-1 on Saturday. Jurgen Locadia opened the scoring for Cincinnati in the 70th minute and Gustavo Vallecilla scored the winner in the 86th minute.
The New England Revolution are at the top of the Eastern conference table at 4-2-1 on 14 points with a +3 goal difference. New England is 2 points clear of second-place Orlando City. The Revolution are coming off a 3-1 victory at home over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Gustavo Bou opened the scoring for New England in the 36-minute followed by Tajon Buchanan with a goal during first-half stoppage time and Adam Buksa finished the scoring for the Revolution in the 82nd minute.
Cincinnati Backline and Keeper Must Improve
FC Cincinnati is coming off its first victory of the season through five matches in the MLS, but the club’s backline and keeper must tighten up as FC Cincinnati has allowed 14 goals through five matches for an average of 2.80 goals per match. The Cincinnati attack cannot keep pace as Cincinnati has scored only six goals through five matches for an average of 1.20 goals per match and has been held scoreless twice. FC Cincinnati is averaging 5.2 saves per match and must close ranks around their keeper to lower the number of chances taken by their opponents.
FC Cincinnati has just one victory over its last five matches with three losses and a draw and has been held scoreless twice in the last four outings. Six players - Alvaro Barreal, Brenner, Jurgen Locadia, Nick Hagglund, Luciano Acosta and Gustavo Vallecilla - have each scored one goal for Cincinnati. Ronald Matarrita has a team-high three assists. Cincinnati averages 10.2 shots per match but only averages 3.2 shots on target per outing.
Backline and Keeper Carrying New England
The New England Revolution have played seven matches in their MLS campaign and the backline and keepers have been responsible for much of the Revolution’s early-season success. New England has allowed a total of seven goals for an average of 1.00 goals per match. New England has yet to allow more than two goals in any one match and has held opponents to one goal or less in five of seven matches.
New England has scored 10 goals for an average of 1.43 goals per match. The Revolution are averaging 13.4 shots per match with 5.1 on target per match. A good sign of New England's success in the attack one third is that the Revolution are averaging 7.4 corner kicks per fixture. Adam Buksa is the leading goal scorer for New England with three and Gustavo Bou has scored two. Carles Gil and Amor Traustason have two assists each to lead New England.
Side: New England Revolution +100
New England has played well in the attack one third scoring 1.48 goals per match, but even more important the Revolution has played exceptionally well on defense as the backline and goalkeeper are allowing an average of only 1.00 goals per match and have posted two clean sheets across the first seven matches of the season. FC Cincinnati picked up just its first victory of the campaign in its last outing but it is giving up far too much in their own box allowing opponents to score an average of 2.80 goals per match and the Cincinnati attack cannot keep pace with an average of just 1.20 goals scored per fixture.
Total: Over 2.5
New England is allowing only 1.00 goals per match, but the FC Cincinnati leaky back line is allowing an average of 2.80 goals per match. A total of three goals or more have been scored in each of Cincinnati’s first five matches of the regular season. New England scored three goals in their last outing in a match that ended with a combined four goals scored.