Columbus Crew vs Cincinnati predicted lineups: ‘Hell is Real’ latest installment?

Both Columbus Crew and Cincinnati aim very high this season and after a 6-week break they resume their MLS campaigns ready for the final push before the start of the playoffs. The sides face each other in a fiery derby that is mainly known under the name ‘Hell is Real’. Which of these ambitious teams will emerge victorious from this hellish battle? We give you our Columbus Crew vs Cincinnati predicted lineups, as well as, all the latest team news.

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The game is scheduled for Monday, August 21st and will be played at Field in Columbus. The kick-off time is 00:30 GMT. Now, let’s look at all the team news and also at our Columbus Crew vs Cincinnati predicted lineups.

Columbus Crew vs Cincinnati Predicted Lineups and News

Before we go into more details regarding the Columbus Crew vs Cincinnati possible lineups we’ll give you the latest team news for each team and what that means for their overall strength.

Team news: Columbus Crew

The Crew lost their last MLS game before the summer interval (2-3 away defeat vs Portland) but this was their only defeat in the last 9 rounds (W5 D3). Columbus remain the highest-scoring team in the Western Conference and they netted at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 games.

The team parted ways with 2 key players this summer. Centre-back Degenek returned to Serbia, while crucial playmaker Zelarayan was the latest name to join the Saudi Pro League. Crew replaced both of them already. French defender Camacho and Italian winger Rossi were signed with both of them available for debuts.

The French manager Nancy is serving a touchline ban in this match. However, star striker Cucho Hernandez returns after suspension and he will start up front. Amundsen will start too as Sands is sidelined for the rest of the regular season.

Columbus Crew Predicted Lineups (3-4-3):

Schulte – Zawadzki, Moreira, Amundsen – Farsi, Morris, Nagbe, Yeboah – Matan, Hernandez, Rossi

Team news: Cincinnati

Cincinnati are the runaway leader of the Eastern Conference with their advantage over their nearest pursuers 8 points already. Cincinnati had been incredibly consistent all season and they lost just 2 out of 23 MLS games so far (W15 D6).

However, Cincinnati don’t enjoy these ‘Hell is Real’ derbies and they’ve been able to win just 1 of the last 5 (D2 L2).

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Important centre-back Miazga misses the match suspended. Ian Murphy is the likely player to take his role. Summer signing Aaron Boupendza is likely to make his full MLS debut in this match. He started all 4 League Cup games since joining the club and already scored his first goal in a Cincinnati shirt so we think he will partner Vazquez from the off.

There are several other injury issues but no important players are said to have health issues.

Cincinnati Predicted Lineups (3-5-2):

Celentano – Hagglund, Murphy, Mosquera – Gaddis, Nwobodo, Moreno, Barreal, Acosta – Boupendza, Vazquez

Will Matthew Miazga play for Cincinnati?

No, Miazga won’t play. The influential centre-back is serving a ban and will sit this one out.

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