Check out our staff predictions for Wednesday night’s FC Cincinnati match at the Rochester Rhinos. We are at the halfway point of FC Cincinnati’s season. See where the guys stand in the Growler Cup points as well.
Harkes’ men face 2 games this week and I think both of these games are difficult to call. They are both on the road, the team will be short on rest and it will be the first time they’ve face either opponent. Rochester has lost only one match at home this season, a 1-0 result to LCFC. They’re coming off a decent 0-0 draw against Red Bulls II away. I’m predicting a 1-1 draw.
I’ll take 3rd place at the mid-point of the inaugural season for FCC. The club has shown great form, tremendous crowds, and a defense that looks to be rounding in to form. That being said they 2nd half of the schedule is decidedly tougher with 6 mid-week games packed into an already tight schedule, the first of which is Wednesday. Rochester is coming off a weekend 0-0 draw against the Baby Red Bulls which is par for the course for a Bob Lilley coached team. Known for their stifling defense, the Rhinos have had issues this year getting the ball in the net against the top teams in the Eastern Conference, failing to score in the 3 matches against Louisville & NYRB2. With FCC losing much of their scoring punch the last couple of games I could see this becoming a yawner. I predict a 0-0 offensive struggle where each team fails to concede but can’t get much going.
I think both matches this week are two tough road match ups. The 11 match unbeaten streak will be tested but not broken. In the end I think FC Cincinnati will earn a critical away point with a 1-1 draw.
There should be some room to run this Wednesday. If FC Cincinnati can be clinical and counter fast, they will have a chance. My gut says that a draw is in order, but I am going to go for glory and pick a 2-1 victory for the Orange & Blue.
Rochester has simply been beating the teams they should and losing or drawing to the teams that are on the other end of the spectrum. That sounds obvious, but most teams in USL have faltered against sides they should have grabbed 3 points or 1 point against. What makes the Rhinos hard an uncertainty is that they are tied for the most games in hand in the Eastern Conference. Even with that uncertainty as well as a wide range of goal scorers for the Rhinos, I feel they won’t have enough to stop enough FC Cincinnati. I’m giving the win to the FC Cincinnati Soccer Ball Kicking Good Guys by a score of 2-1.
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