FC Cincinnati vs. D.C. United odds, picks and prediction

FC Cincinnati (0 wins, 1 loss, 0 draws) hosts D.C. United (1-0-0) at TQL Stadium Saturday for a 6 p.m. ET. kickoff. Below, we preview the FC Cincinnati vs. D.C. United odds and lines, and make our best MLS bets, picks and predictions.

FC Cincinnati was absolutely embarrassed in its opener, on the road against Austin FC. Austin finished 14th in the Western Conference last season and lost its leading goal scorer to Charlotte. It won 5-0.

FCC looks like the worst team in the conference outside of potentially Charlotte, the most recent expansion team. Cincy should have its most lethal scoring threat, F Brenner, in action, which should give its attack a boost.

As for D.C. United, it took down Charlotte 3-0.

F Ola Kamara scored as a sub with F Michael Estrada doing most of the damage, putting 2 in the back of the net. United was tested though as Charlotte put 5 shots on target, yet none in the back of the net.

FC Cincinnati vs. D.C. United: Odds, picks and predictions

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  • Money line: FC Cincinnati +210 (bet $100 to win $210) | D.C. United +125 (bet $100 to win $122) | Draw +250
  • Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -130 | U: +105)

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D.C. United 2, FC Cincinnati 1

Money line (ML)

BET D.C. UNITED (+125).

FC Cincinnati looked helpless last week. It wasn’t just a unique situation either. Cincinnati lost 5-0 to what is projected to be one of the worst teams in the West, and it was clear Cincy’s defense couldn’t keep up.

United should pose even a greater threat with Kamara having tied for the second-most goals in the MLS a season ago. FCC was just 1-11-5 at home last season, totaling a mere 8 points in 17 home matches.

There’s no reason to not expect D.C. to come out on top in this one. With plus-money odds, I’d certainly back United, which looked terrific to start the 2022 season.

Over/Under (O/U)

BET OVER 2.5 (-130).

D.C. United gave up 5 shots on goal, and with Brenner starting to train with the Cincinnati, having arrived in late February, he should be able to help its attack.

FC Cincinnati, on the other hand, gave up 5 goals to Austin and allowed 2.18 goals per game last season.

It doesn’t seem like its defense has improved much, and I’d expect United to get at least a couple of goals, especially coming off a 3-goal performance against Charlotte.

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