FC Cincinnati travels to Virginia this week for a Saturday showdown with the Richmond Kickers. The Orange and Blue have fallen in the Eastern Conference standings after last Saturday’s defeat against Bethlehem Steel FC. They currently sit in eighth place after Pittsburgh leapfrogged them in the standings based on the points they earned with a midweek victory. Richmond enters the match in 12th place after a narrow defeat to the Tampa Bay Rowdies last weekend. FC Cincinnati will be without forwards Andy Craven and Djiby Fall for this match. Both are serving multiple game suspensions.
In addition to the information graphic above, here are five fast facts to serve as a backdrop for Saturday’s contest.
- Both of FC Cincinnati’s matches against the Kickers last season ended in a 1-1 draw.
- FC Cincinnati is averaging almost twice as many shots per game (11) as the Richmond Kickers (5.7) whose offense has been sputtering. The Kickers only have 3 goals in 6 matches played.
- Richmond’s Ghanaian midfielder Fred Owusu Sekyere leads the team in shots (7), shots on target (5) and chances created* (10).
- The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Louisville City FC both defeated Richmond by a 1-0 scoreline earlier this season. In contrast, FC Cincinnati drew 1-1 with these common opponents.
- Five of Richmond’s six matches have been decided by a 1-0 scoreline.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of Saturday’s match.
*Chances Created – Assists plus key passes, where a key pass is the final pass or pass-come-shot leading to the recipient of the ball having an attempt at goal without scoring. For more on Opta check out Blog: Combing the Opta Stats.