FC Cincinnati and Louisville City FC renew the Dirty River Derby

When/Where-FC Cincinnati’s third match will take place in Nippert Stadium at 7 p.m. This is the first home match of the season for the Orange and Blue. Bring your winter gear, it's gonna be a cold one! 

How to watch-The game will be available to watch on Youtube, on Star 64, or, of course, by attending the match at Nippert.

The Rundown

The next edition of the Dirty River Derby will be renewed today when FC Cincinnati clashes with their rivals from Kentucky, Louisville City FC. The Dirty River Derby is tied at one a piece, with FC Cincinnati winning the derby in 2016, and Louisville City the winners last season.

Right now, Louisville City FC are undefeated after two matches, and another match postponed after their baseball field couldn’t be made ready for a soccer match. Shocker. They defeated Nashville SC 2-0 and the Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0. For both matches, the possession was about equal, but Louisville City were able to impose their will in front of the goal, winning the shots and shots on goal counters.

Louisville City FC are a known commodity for fans of the Orange and Blue. They have brought back many of the players which helped them win the USL Championship last season, including former FC Cincinnati player Luke Spencer. Pat McMahon has also been brought in from the Orange and Blue, and is playing for Louisville City. He has played the entirety of both of their matches, and helped the club get two clean sheets.

The Louisville City goalkeeper, Greg Ranjitsingh, has two clean sheets to his name this season, but it doesn't have much to do with his skills in front of the goal. Ranjitsingh is tied for 27th in the USL in saves with just four total in Louisville City's two matches. This stat shows his defense has been playing spectacular, not allowing the offense into his frame. FC Cincinnati will have to break their backline, and then serve him some shots with heat.

FC Cincinnati will have their work cut out for themselves this match. Nippert Stadium will be rocking, and so will the Orange and Blue looking to make up for their disappointing performance in last year’s Dirty River Derby. Evan Newton has most likely won the starting job, deservedly so, Forrest Lasso and Dekel Keinan have established themselves as bona-fide stars for FC Cincinnati, and Emory Welshman is the forward the club truly needs.

The only thing stopping FC Cincinnati from dominating the competition is their midfield play. Kenney Walker is most likely out for this match with concussion symptoms from the Colts hit, wait sorry, Indy Eleven hit by Jack McInerney. Where is our star signing Nazmi Albadawi? He hasn’t had a minute of action this season. Corben Bone has played spectacular, and Will Seymore was great after coming in for Walker at the Indy Eleven match. However, the middle has been a bit of a weak spotthis season, compared to the rest of the team on the field. They will need to play better in this match.

FC Cincinnati will play with a lot of fire today, because for many players, this will be one of the biggest crowds they’ve ever played in. But Louisville City is used to it now, so it’s not as much of an advantage. They need to win with technique, and not power.

Prediction-1-1: FC Cincinnati will score early, possibly with a Welshman goal but Louisville City will pull it draw with a goal in the second-half to share the points.