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FC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew SC | 2020 MLS Match Preview

2020 MLS Regular Season Week 8
FC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew SC
Nippert Stadium – Cincinnati
August 29 – 7:30 PM ET

STREAMING: MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada

LOCAL TV: Star64, FOX Sports Ohio

FC Cincinnati will be seeking for revenge in the second Hell is Real showdown of the year, while Columbus Crew SC are looking to rebound from their first regular-season defeat when the sides square off at Nippert Stadium Saturday night. 

Both teams suffered midweek defeats on the road with FC Cincinnati falling to Chicago Fire FC in their return to Soldier Field, while Crew SC dropped a 1-0 decision to NYCFC at Red Bull Arena.

Columbus won the only other Hell is Real regular season game played at Nippert Stadium, 3-1, last August with Gyasi Zardes striking for a brace. Crew SC thrashed FC Cincy 4-0 in Orlando last month with Zardes again scoring twice. It was Jaap Stam's first match in charge of FC Cincinnati. 

FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati fell into a 2-0 hole inside of 10 minutes before ultimately falling to the Fire, 3-0, at Soldier Field. It was a departure from the much-improved defensive form the side had shown under Stam when they conceded just once in their previous four games and came into this match after a 0-0 draw against D.C. United.

"We’ve been doing very well in the past. Even though you’re losing three-nil when you come back in the second half on the pitch, the players still are trying to get close or to score that first goal and that’s a very positive thing as well," Stam said. "But this is football. It happens at times. That makes football at times nice as well, and I don’t mean losing, but it is unpredictable at times. So, we need to keep working hard. This was for us a good eye opener for us as well.”“

Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Spencer Richey (GK) - concussion
    • OUT: Jimmy McLaughlin (M) - ankle injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:Frankie Amaya (M)
  • International duty: None

Columbus Crew SC

For the first time this season, Columbus suffered a regular season defeat, dropping a 1-0 result against NYCFC Monday night. Caleb Porter rotated his squad, resting five starters. Also the way the Crew lost was confounding, done in by a stunning defensive gaffe by Aboubacar Keita. It was only the second goal conceded this regular season. 

"We have to learn from it, obviously," Porter said. "We have not much time to turn around and go again, but it’s still a process and we’ve been on a good run obviously; six games with no losses, this is our first loss. We’ll use it to get better and we have to respond now in this next game versus our rival in a big match."

Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Vito Wormgoor (D) - ankle injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Eloy Room (GK) - hamstring injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Lucas Zelarayan (M) - ankle injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Youness Mokhtar (M) - muscle strain
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None

Series Matchup at FC Cincinnati

  • FC Cincinnati: 0 wins, 1 goal
  • Crew SC: 1 win, 3 goals
  • 0 draws

Officials

  • Referee: Ted Unkel
  • Assistant Referees: Cory Richardson, Benjamin Hall-Volpenhein
  • 4th Official: Robert Sibiga
  • VAR: Hilario Grajeda
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Current Form

Cincinnati
L
L
W
W
D
L
Columbus
D
W
W
W
W
L

Season Stats

FC CincinnatiColumbus Crew SC
7Games Played7
2Wins5
4Losses1
1Draws1
6Goals12
12Goals Conceded2
46Shots56
20Shots on Target28
99Fouls committed85
85Fouls suffered104
10Offside16
17Corners30

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
CIN5110060.9
CLB42010121.7
01234+Avg
CIN300000.7
CLB110102
01234+Avg
CIN211001
CLB310001.5

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
CIN40120121.7
CLB5200020.3
01234+Avg
CIN300001.3
CLB300000
01234+Avg
CIN101202
CLB220000.5
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