FC Cincinnati continues its road-heavy schedule this Wednesday in Indianapolis playing back-to-back road games for the second time this season. They will face a solid Indy Eleven squad for the second of three games in the series. In the first meeting between these two sides, FCC managed to grind out a 1-0 victory in Indianapolis. More recently the Orange & Blue appear to have found their form after soundly defeating the Ottawa Fury 3-0 on Saturday. That victory puts FC Cincinnati in fifth place in the USL Eastern Conference standings.
Indy Eleven comes into the match two places behind FC Cincinnati in the East, but they’ve played one less match. The Eleven rebounded from their March loss to FCC with back-to-back victories against North Carolina FC and Nashville SC. Note that Indy’s three victories came against three teams who are currently fighting for the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference. Indianapolis’ defense is one of the toughest in the USL, having conceded only two goals including one penalty in 2018.
This week will most certainly be dangerous waters for the Orange & Blue. They have one of their most action-packed weeks of the year with only three days rest between playing in Ottawa and Indy, and then have just another three days to prepare for their home match Saturday, May 5th against Atlanta United 2.
Here are four facts to relay to the FC Cincinnati fans sitting around you when you’re watching the game on Wednesday.
- FC Cincinnati continued their road dominance on Sunday as they held Ottawa scoreless to earn their third clean sheet on the road this season. Even without star goalkeeper Evan Newton, the Orange & Blue looked solid defensively.
- Both teams have struggled to convert the chances they have created this season. Indy Eleven’s conversion rate (goals scored divided by shots attempted) of 8% is tied for 27th in the 33 team USL. Compare that to a 13% conversion rate for FCC, which is good enough for 19th.
- Carlyle Mitchell is a rock in the center of Indy Eleven’s defense. The center back leads the team with 35 clearances (18 more than any other Indy player). He also leads the team in aerial duels (30) and aerial duels (21) won.
- During the last match against Indianapolis, Kenny Walker suffered a concussion after a nasty hit from Jack McInerney. McInerney was given a retroactive one-game suspension for the no-call penalty on Walker. Kenny will no doubt be looking for revenge by attempting to score his third goal in three games after returning from his injury in Indianapolis.
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