Nashville SC is now in the fifth spot of the Western Conference. For Nashville, an 8-7-6 record has allowed the team to stay on positive digits. Yet, not enough points have yet been clinched to reach conference top seeds such as Austin and LA FC.
Still, with a tight margin between them and the next two seeds above them, Nashville may be in a perfect spot to keep climbing.
Nashville is set to visit FC Cincinnati QTL Stadium this coming Saturday afternoon. For Cincinnati, 27 points and a 7-8-6 record have only proven sufficient to stand in the Eastern Conference’s seventh spot. However, Cincinnati is also looking for better opportunities to make the most of its upcoming games and keep climbing.
Nashville has not had the most consistent path to the top. In their last game, the yellow and black went against one of the top teams in the league. Yet, they also experience the talent of playing against a former Real Madrid Star.
With Gareth Bale’s debut for LAFC, Nashville could not prevent a 2-1 home defeat. Yet, they were also unable to act and avoid a 4-1 beating against Charlotte before pulling a 1-0 home win against Seattle two weeks ago.
Nashville must now continue to rely on top talent such as Hany Mukhtar, who continues to lead the goal-scoring board with 12. C.J. Sapong and Costa Rica native Randall Leal have also added four assists each.
Nashville may have remained on a similar journey as their upcoming rivals. Yet, there is only a six-point gap between them and third seed New York Red Bulls. That is just two wins away from making it to the top three.
With margins closing in, Cincinnati can now appreciate how tight some margins are beginning to look. However, with a recent 2-0 road loss against Columbus, the blue and orange will need to look for more solid performances to keep rising.
Brandon Vasquez and Luciano Acosta have remained the two strongest seeds over the season for Cincinnati. Vasquez is now leading in goals with 10, followed by Acosta with six. Acosta is now standing with six in assists, while Vasquez has added four.
Nashville is ready to push Cincinnati’s home advantage away. For Nashville, the total has gone under in three of their last five games. Cincinnati’s total has gone over in three of their previous five games.
Nashville and Cincinnati are coming as two potential rising lineups with solid chances of climbing. The team has pulled a win for Nashville in four of their last ten games. With no consistency in their previous games, the Yellow and Black are not looking as sharp as they’d like to head to Cincinnati.
For the Blue and Orange, that’s a huge lead they can still take advantage of. FC Cincinnati is currently fourth overall in the league with 23 assists. The blue and orange lineup has yet to see a victory in their last five games.
With four draws and one defeat in their previous five games, this Saturday might give Cincinnati a perfect chance to rise again.
Godds Pick/Prediction: FC Cincinnati to win and the over hits.