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May 16, 2021 at 9pm UK at Nippert Stadium
CincinnatiFC Cincinnati
2-3
Inter MiamiInter Miami
Martin Barreal (59'), Hagglund (83')
Matarrita (14'), Harris (40'), Gustavo Vallecilla Godoy (41'), Cruz (66'), Cameron (70')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Shea (7'), Higuain (38', 85')
Guediri (23'), Gregore (88'), Gonzalez Pirez (88')

Preview: FC Cincinnati vs. Inter Miami - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between FC Cincinnati and Inter Miami, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

FC Cincinnati will hope that a change of venues can turn their fortunes around as they host Inter Miami on Sunday at their brand new TQL Stadium.

After earning a draw in their opening game, Cincinnati have dropped two in a row, while Miami could not find an answer against Montreal, losing 2-0.


Match preview

FC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam during the second half against the Atlanta United FC at ESPN Wide World of Sports in July 2020© Reuters

After such a bright opening to the season, things have gone south in a hurry for Jaap Stam and his FC Cincinnati team.

The Dutch coach has seen his side give up plenty of quality scoring opportunities in their opening three games, allowing 28 shots on target and conceding a league-high 10 goals.

Two goals in the first 12 minutes of their regular season is all they have been able to muster offensively so far, going scoreless in their last two fixtures and failing to register a single shot on goal against Orlando.

They were one of the most active clubs over the 2020 off-season and they have remained very busy, signing veteran goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer and bringing in a former two-time MLS All-Star at centre-back, Geoff Cameron.

All their efforts to improve on paper have not translated into results on the pitch, but perhaps the presence of 6,000 screaming fans in a new venue can spark this team, who won only five games at Nippert Stadium.

Miami had a busy off-season themselves. bringing in several high-profile veteran players.

However, like Cincinnati, they have not had much success on the field in the early stages of this season.

Phil Neville will not be pleased with his team's effort on Wednesday as they were completely shut down by a well-organized Montreal squad that allowed only one shot on target.

Scoring opportunities have been few and far between for The Herons so far, as they have had less than 50% of the possession in four of their five matches.

They have struggled to gain possession because they have not put enough pressure on their opponents in the middle of the pitch, allowing over five passes to the opposition per possession, the most of any team in the league.

The Herons will hope that this upcoming two-game road trip can help them regain their confidence, as they face two of the worst teams in MLS in Cincinnati and Chicago.

FC Cincinnati Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • L
  • L

Inter Miami Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • L



Team News

Gonzalo Higuain in action for Inter Miami in October 2020© Reuters

Cincinnati will be without defender Maikel van der Werff, who is suffering from a groin injury, while Franko Kovacevic has a muscle injury.

The club is still trying to work out the visa situation for Gustavo Vallecilla, who is on loan from the Ecuadorian club Aucas.

Cincy will look to Geoff Cameron to plug the holes of their very leaky defence that have conceded 111 goals since entering Major League Soccer in 2019.

After scoring in his first two games of the regular season, Gonzalo Higuain has been quiet for Miami, while goalkeeper John McCarthy conceded twice despite facing only four shots against Montreal.

Centre-back Leandro Gonzalez had a tough outing on Wednesday as his giveaway led to a second Montreal goal, which put his side behind the eight-ball for the rest of the match.

FC Cincinnati possible starting lineup:
Vermeer; Matarrita, Cameron, Hagglund, Gyau; Stanko, Kubo, Mokotjo, Barreal, Brenner; Locadia

Inter Miami possible starting lineup:
McCarthy; Ulloa, Shawcross, Leerdam, Shea; da Silva, Matuidi; Morgan, Chapman, Pizarro; Higuain


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We say: FC Cincinnati 1-3 Inter Miami

Cincy need more than a new stadium to turn their season around, as they have struggled in virtually every statistical category since joining the league.

Miami are struggling as well, but they have been a much more cohesive unit than Cincinnati, who look disorganized and out of sorts to this point of the season.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England8521117417
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia842295414
3Orlando City733184412
4New York City FCNY City7322137611
5Nashville SCNashville725096311
6CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
7Columbus Crew732276111
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta724197210
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls7304101009
10DC United8305811-39
11Inter MiamiInter Miami8224813-58
12Toronto7124812-45
13Chicago Fire7115411-74
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati6114615-94

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England8521117417
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia842295414
3Orlando City733184412
4New York City FCNY City7322137611
5Nashville SCNashville725096311
6CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
7Columbus Crew732276111
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta724197210
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls7304101009
10DC United8305811-39
11Inter MiamiInter Miami8224813-58
12Toronto7124812-45
13Chicago Fire7115411-74
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati6114615-94

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