New York City FC vs FC Cincinnati Prediction, 5/31/2023 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York City FC vs FC Cincinnati
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Location: Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY
TV: Apple TV - MLS Season Pass
Odds/Point Spread: New York City (+119) Cincinnati (+234)
Yankee Stadium is the location where FCC (10-3-1) will take on New York City FC (4-4-6) on Wednesday. FCC is priced at +234 and NYCFC is at +119. The over/under has been set at 2.5. The goalkeepers who are expected to start will be Luis Barraza for New York City and Roman Celentano for Cincinnati.
NYCFC has surrendered 19 goals while giving up 1.36 goals per 90 min, and opponents have tallied 57 shots on target on them. They have recorded 1 clean sheet, which puts them at a percentage of 7.1% this season. New York City has earned 31 yellow card warnings so far this year. The Pigeons rank 19th when talking about xG with 15.9, and their expected goals against are sitting at 15.8. On the campaign, this team is sitting with an average of 1.14 points per match (16 points) and they also rank 20th in MLS with 11 assists. The team's goal differential is currently at -3 with 16 goals finished in addition to 19 goals given up. New York City FC has earned 39 saves and have a SV% of 70.2 over the course of the season.
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The Orange and Blue come in with an average of 2.36 pts per match while having 14 assists and 1 red card. Cincinnati has earned a shut out % of 50.0% the season in addition to 29 yellow card cautions. Cincinnati sits at 5th in regard to goals against with 14, and the goal differential is 8. On the campaign, Cincinnati has a save % of 78.0 (59 SoTA), and are 1st in the league with 33 pts. Their goals against/90 minutes is currently at 1.00 with 46 saves, and they have 7 clean sheets. FC Cincinnati has tallied 22 goals and their goals expected the season is currently at 21.2.
The man protecting the net for New York City will be Luis Barraza. Barraza has played for 19,673 minutes and has accumulated 670 saves during his soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.25 (273 total goals surrendered) and he has earned a save percentage of .711. The goalkeeper hailing from the United States has seen 942 shots attempted against him in 219 career starts. Barraza (95-53-71 mark during his career) has recorded 66 shutouts, which leaves him with a 30.1% clean sheet percentage.
Roman Celentano will look after the goal for Cincinnati. Celentano has accumulated 52 shutouts while defending 577 shots attempted against him in 18,291 minutes in his career. He has earned a save percentage of .657 and his shutout rate is 25.4%. He has given up 1.14 goals per 90 mins and he has a mark of 79-52-72. So far in his pro soccer career, Celentano has allowed 231 goals while tallying 379 stops in 205 starting assignments.
Gabriel Pereira is a player who can make an impact for New York City. The forward from Brazil has 14 goals in 3,870 mins played. Pereira has started 42 matchups so far in his career while scoring 0.33 goals per 90 mins. He has accounted for 7 assists while accumulating 4 yellow card cautions in his career.
Cincinnati features a difference maker in Brandon Vazquez, who the defense is sure to gameplan in this matchup. He has totaled 7 yellow cards in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 17 times. The forward hailing from the United States has been on the pitch for 7,313 professional minutes and has earned 35 goals. He scores 0.43 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 76 games in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New York City (+119)
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