Steffen Schmidt - August 3, 2023
Cincinnati vs Nashville
Date: 5 August 2023, Saturday
Kick-off at 01:00 UK / 02:00 CET
Venue: TQL Stadium (Cincinnati).
Cincinnati will be looking to extend their brilliant spell of form on Friday evening when they host Nashville in the last 32 round of the Leagues Cup at TQL Stadium.
Pat Noonan’s men are flying high in 2023. They are the team with the best MLS record by some distance with 15 wins in 23 outings so far in the season.
On top of this, they have bagged three goals in each of two group phase games in the Leagues Cup.
The run includes a 3-1 success against Guadalajara last week. If we count the win on penalties over Sporting Kansas City as a victory for Noonan’s troops, it’s four wins on the spin for the MLS Eastern Conference leaders at the moment.
We have to particularly praise the like of Brandon Vazquez who has just completed a hat-trick in the aforementioned victory over Guadalajara last Wednesday.
Vazquez should have plenty of space to keep his scintillating form going here against Nashville whose back line has been dreadful of late.
The visitors shipped four goals in the recent defeat to Toluca but they still advanced to the R32 thanks to a 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids on the opening day of the Leagues Cup.
Nevertheless, Gary Smith’s team now have four defeats in the last five matches and they have conceded three or more goals in each of the last two losses along the way.
Cincinnati will head into this in much higher spirits and we see them as the clear favorites on Friday. We fancy a high-scoring contest knowing how easy to break down Nashville have been of late.
The Home win & Over 2.5 goals FT is the way to go at the 2.75 odds. We will also back Brandon Vazquez to score anytime at the 2.37 odds.