July 13, 2022 Sports Betting
Thursday’s Major League Soccer match between FC Cincinnati of the Eastern Conference and the Vancouver Whitecaps of the Western Conference will take place at the TQL Stadium.
In their last six home games, the hosts have won, drawn, and lost two each, while the visitors have lost seven of their nine road games this year.
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When Cincinnati drew 1-1 with the top team in the Eastern Conference, the New York Red Bulls, last weekend, they stretched their unbeaten streak to five games and produced their third straight scoreless draw.
Brandon Vazquez’s first-half goal was cancelled out by Lewis Morgan’s penalty in the 29th minute, but the hosts were then reduced to nine men in the second half after Allan Cruz and Luciano Acosta were both shown straight red cards for an apparent headbutt on Aaron Long in stoppage time.
Despite the draw, Pat Noonan’s team is still in the Eastern Conference playoffs and is seventh overall, seven points behind the Red Bulls.
Cincinnati only scored 20 points last season, 16 points in 2020, and 24 points in 2019, but they have already scored more points (26) this term than in each of their previous three MLS seasons. The Orange and Blue have only faced Vancouver once before to this matchup, suffering a 2-1 home defeat in August 2019.
The Vancouver Whitecaps’ four-game winning streak in all competitions came to an end last weekend when Minnesota United defeated them 3-1 at home.
After a scoreless first half, substitute Lucas Cavallini gave the home team the lead in the 66th minute. However, the visitors rallied from a deficit to win all three points with goals from Kemar Lawrence, Luis Amarilla, and Franco Fragapane.
Due to such outcome, Vanni Sartini’s team has dropped to 10th place in the Western Conference, three points behind seventh-place Nashville SC, who currently hold the last playoff slot. Vancouver has done significantly better at home so far this season, earning 18 points from their 10 games at BC Place, compared to just six points from their nine away games.
The Whitecaps will be attempting to win back-to-back away games for the first time since August 2018 when they take on Cincinnati on Thursday after defeating Dallas 2-0 in their most recent away game.
Although neither team has been particularly good throughout this round of the season, Halcon are normally more dependable and have higher quality in all three phases of the game, but Aldosivi appear unorganized and out of sorts away from home.