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

:Headline: Preview: New York Red Bulls vs. FC Cincinnati - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Thursday's Major League Soccer clash between New York Red Bulls and FC Cincinnati, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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New York Red Bulls take on FC Cincinnati in the MLS Eastern Conference on Wednesday, with both sides looking to keep pace with the play-off positions.

NY Red Bulls and Cincinnati find themselves four points and eight points adrift of CF Montreal respectively, with this upcoming clash representing both teams' game in hand.


Match preview

NY Red Bulls have not failed to qualify for the playoffs since 2009, so former Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber is under immense pressure to avoid falling short of that mark this campaign.

Metro have endured a difficult start to the campaign, losing seven of their 15 league games, but a win against Cincinnati would put them right back into the mix in terms of the playoff picture.

However, with only one win in their last seven matches, they will not head into the clash with much confidence, especially after Saturday's agonising defeat to New England Revolution.

Having led 1-0 and 2-1 during the affair, Brandon Bye equalised for the visitors in the 84th minute before Adam Buksa's injury-time strike sealed a dramatic victory for his side.

Struber must utilise all of his managerial experience and credentials to lift his side's spirit from off the floor ahead of a winnable fixture on Wednesday, otherwise the club could be facing their worst season in several years.

Cincinnati, of course, are a much newer club than their forthcoming opponents, having only joined the MLS as a franchise team in 2019.

Understandably, Orange and Blue have struggled to keep pace with their rivals since joining the division, finishing 12th in their debut season before regressing to 14th last season.

Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam is gradually improving results and performances on the pitch, but given that they are averaging fewer than one point per game so far this season, a push to reach the playoffs for the first time still feels an unlikely target.

Following a winless run of seven matches, an upset against NY Red Bulls on Wednesday feels like what is needed if they are to have any chance of resurrecting their hopes in that sense.

New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • L

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

Team News

NY Red Bulls will remain without Youba Diarra and Aaron Long due to muscle and Achilles tendon injuries respectively.

Right-back Kyle Duncan will need to be on his best behaviour considering that one more yellow card will see him incur a suspension.

Cincinnati, meanwhile, have a long-term absentee of their own in the shape of Maikel van der Werff, who tore his groin in April.

Like Duncan on the opposing team, holding midfielder Caleb Stanko is walking a tightrope after accumulating four yellow cards in 10 appearances so far this season.

New York Red Bulls possible starting lineup:
Carlos; Duncan, Edwards, Tarek, Tolkin; Casseres, Davis, Clark; Carmona; Klimala, Fabio

FC Cincinnati possible starting lineup:
Vermeer; Hagglund, Cameron, Vallecilla, Matarrita; Cruz, Kubo; Barreal, Acosta, Gyau; Brenner


We say: New York Red Bulls 2-1 FC Cincinnati

We expect NY Red Bulls to have too much quality for Cincinnati on Wednesday, although the visitors have enough about them to keep things tight.

Although Stam's side do not win many matches, four of their last six games have ended as draws, so it would not be too surprising if Struber's side are on the right end of a late winner this time around.



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Major League Soccer Table

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England26175448301856
2Nashville SCNashville241011339231641
3New York City FCNY City24115843281538
4Orlando City2410863533238
5CF MontrealMontreal2510783630637
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta259973530536
7DC United25104114136534
8Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia238872824432
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2495102435-1132
10Columbus Crew2687113035-531
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2375112928126
12Chicago Fire2565142440-1623
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2448122444-2020
14Toronto2546152851-2318

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England26175448301856
2Nashville SCNashville241011339231641
3New York City FCNY City24115843281538
4Orlando City2410863533238
5CF MontrealMontreal2510783630637
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta259973530536
7DC United25104114136534
8Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia238872824432
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2495102435-1132
10Columbus Crew2687113035-531
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2375112928126
12Chicago Fire2565142440-1623
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2448122444-2020
14Toronto2546152851-2318
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