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Sep 19, 2021 at 12.30am UK at Nippert Stadium
CincinnatiFC Cincinnati
1-2
NY CityNew York City FC
Brenner (4')
Cameron (48'), Barreal (74')
Barreal (85'), Atanga (90+5')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Parks (37'), Castellanos (60' pen.)
Tajouri (26'), Morales (69'), Jasson (77'), Johnson (83'), Callens (90+7'), Callens (90+7')

Preview: FC Cincinnati vs. New York City FC - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between FC Cincinnati and New York City FC, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

New York City FC will look to consolidate their position in the playoffs when they travel to strugglers FC Cincinnati this weekend.

Ronny Deila's side currently sit in fourth, a whopping 20 points behind runaway Eastern Conference leaders New England Revolution, whilst FC Cincinnati are languishing just one place above the bottom.


Match preview

FC Cincinnati midfielder Luciano Acosta celebrates with teammates scoring a goal on June 27, 2021© Reuters

Only New England Revolution have scored more goals than NYCFC this season, with Deila's men often entertaining in their Major League Soccer encounters.

Drawing 3-3 with FC Dallas in their last fixture, New York City had taken the lead twice, but were ultimately pegged back by Jader Obrian's equaliser.

Despite having the disruption of playing a selection of their matches away from usual home ground the Yankee Stadium, New York City have enjoyed a relatively successful season so far, winning 10 out of 23 regular-season games.

After failing to make the playoffs in their first season as an MLS club in 2015, the Pigeons have qualified each year since.

Looking to make it for a sixth consecutive season, New York City have a slender four-point margin over CF Montreal down in eighth.

New York City head coach Ronny Deila shouts to his team during the first half against Toronto FC at BMO Field on August 8, 2021© Reuters

For FC Cincinnati, the playoffs are nothing more than a distant dream, with Jaap Stam's team set to miss out once again.

Finishing 12th in their maiden MLS season, the Orange and Blues slumped to a 14th-placed finish in the disrupted 2020 campaign and will enter their fixture against New York City in 13th.

With just four wins to their name across 23 matches this season, their form against NYCFC suggests things will likely get worse before they get better for the former United Soccer League side.

FC Cincinnati are winless in their previous five meetings with New York City, losing by a three-goal margin in all but one encounter.

Suffering their second-heaviest defeat as an MLS side when the pair met back in April, Valentin Castellanos was amongst the scorers as NYCFC ran out comfortable 5-0 winners.

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

New York City FC Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W



Team News

New York City FC forward Valentin Castellanos (11) celebrates a goal by forward Santiago Rodriguez (not pictured) against Toronto FC with defender Malte Amundsen (12) and forward Thiago (8) during the first half at BMO Field on August 7, 2021© Reuters

Lunging into a late tackle in the 90th minute in New York City's recent 3-3 draw with FC Dallas, Thiago Andrade was shown his first red card since joining the club from Esporte Clube Bahia in the summer.

After missing the FC Dallas game through suspension himself, Castellanos will return to the fold for Deila and the 22-year-old will be looking to add to his 11 league goals already this season.

Following a lengthy stint on the sideline, Héber Araujo made his first appearance in over a year off the bench for NYCFC, racking up 10 minutes during a cameo against FC Dallas.

Maikel van der Werff has missed the entirety of the season for FC Cincinnati and the Orange and Blues' captain will be absent once again.

Joseph-Claude Gyau will also sit the match against NYCFC out, with the right-back still suffering from an Achilles tendon problem triggered against Orlando City in early August.

FC Cincinnati possible starting lineup:
Tyton; Matarrita, Hagglund, Vallecilla; Castillo, Valot, Stanko, Cruz, Bailey; Brenner, Vazquez

New York City FC possible starting lineup:
Johnson; Tinnerholm, Sands, Callens, Thorarinsson; Parks, Acevedo Taberez, Medina, Moralez, Tajouri; Castellanos


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We say: FC Cincinnati 1-3 New York City FC

Whilst they may have had their sights set on topping the Eastern Conference this season, New York City will still be confident of taking their strong form through to the playoffs, in search of a maiden MLS Cup.

Cincinnati have struggled in their previous meetings with the Pigeons and their form has shown nothing to suggest they will be able to snatch a shock result this time around.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England31216462382469
2Nashville SCNashville301116347272049
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia301210842321046
4Orlando City30121084342146
5Atlanta UnitedAtlanta30111094034643
6CF MontrealMontreal30119104340342
7New York City FCNY City301181145341141
8DC United30125135144741
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls29117113530540
10Columbus Crew30108123740-338
11Inter MiamiInter Miami30105152847-1935
12Chicago Fire3187163551-1631
13Toronto3067173459-2525
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3048183259-2720

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England31216462382469
2Nashville SCNashville301116347272049
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia301210842321046
4Orlando City30121084342146
5Atlanta UnitedAtlanta30111094034643
6CF MontrealMontreal30119104340342
7New York City FCNY City301181145341141
8DC United30125135144741
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls29117113530540
10Columbus Crew30108123740-338
11Inter MiamiInter Miami30105152847-1935
12Chicago Fire3187163551-1631
13Toronto3067173459-2525
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3048183259-2720

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