#LOUvCIN – The Derby That Wouldn’t Drown

FC Cincinnati returns to Louisville to take care of unfinished business on Tuesday in part two of the final regular season Dirty River Derby.

Design: CSDIV / Image: Joe Craven

Let’s try this again.

FC Cincinnati resumes this weekend’s postponed match with Louisville City FC tonight in Kentucky. Mother nature intervened on Saturday and FC Cincinnati fans now get to celebrate the final regular-season edition of the Dirty River Derby over two separate days. The game will be televised live on WSTR 64 and streamed live on ESPN+ at 7pm Eastern. The contest will resume in the 38th minute with FC Cincinnati leading 1-0.

For details on the first 37 minutes, check out our recap from Saturday.

Louisville POSTPONED_Match Recap
POSTPONED: Louisville City FC 0 – 1 FC Cincinnati: Weather Stops Match in 38th Minute

Do you have questions about the matchup? Our match program from last Thursday has all the details heading into this contest. A few things have changed since this article was released. Louisville City is now in fourth place. Both Pittsburgh and Charleston leapfrogged John Hackworth’s team with wins over the weekend. Also, Emmanuel Ledesma picked up an assist in the early stages on Saturday’s match and now sits on 12 assists total, leading the USL. Former FC Cincinnati midfielder Aodhan Quinn, now with Orange County SC, sits right behind him with 11.

Match Program: FC Cincinnati at Louisville City FC

Here is one observation from Saturday to look for in tonight’s match. Fatai Alashe looked for opportunities to move forward and support the attack. On the average position chart below, we see more separation between him and Kenney Walker, the other holding midfielder, than we saw in the matches Fatai played against Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. FCC’s customary 4-2-3-1 is looking more like a 4-1-4-1 in attack. Alashe’s advanced position was critical in the buildup to FC Cincinnati’s goal in the first part of the match. Formations, of course, are fluid and the position chart below is only for a partial match. However, it is interesting to note this, especially considering that Louisville City’s attack is one of the best in the Eastern Conference.

LOUvCIN (avg positons).png
Average position from Saturday’s match. FC Cincinnati’s (green) #27 is more separated and advanced from the other CDM (#6) than we’ve seen in previous matches.

One final note on Saturday’s match. If FCC Cincinnati can maintain a lead and collect all three points, they will clinch a top four spot and at least one home playoff match. Check out our playoff scenarios article for more details.

Follow Orange & Blue Press on Twitter for live coverage of #LOUvCIN, and look out for our match recap following the contest.

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