Sports Mole previews Monday’s Major League Soccer clash between Nashville SC and Minnesota United, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
The visitors, meanwhile, enter the weekend contest off the back of a couple of a 4-4 draw with Portland Timbers and a 4-3 defeat to Colorado Rapids.
The hosts may currently occupy a playoff place, but they will need an improvement in results if they are to qualify for the post-season.
Since beating Seattle Sounders 1-0 on July 14, Nashville have lost 2-1 to Los Angeles FC before playing out three consecutive 1-1 draws, while their latest outing resulted in a 4-3 defeat.
Nashville came from behind on two occasions to ensure last weekend’s meeting with Toronto was 2-2 at half time, but goals from Filippo Bernardeschi and Lorenzo Insigne gave the Canadian side a 4-2 lead.
The defeat leaves Nashville one point clear of eighth place, but they will hope that they can extend that gap with four of their next five games taking place at home.
Meanwhile, Minnesota will be looking for a response after their seven-game unbeaten run in the MLS came to an end away to Colorado Rapids.
The Loons entered last weekend’s contest off the back of a 4-4 draw, and although Minnesota opened the scoring through Abu Danladi, three quickfire goals gave Colorado a 3-1 lead after 15 minutes.
Luis Amarilla halved the deficit before half time, but Gyasi scored his second goal of the contest to reestablish the two-goal lead.
An 81st Brent Kallman could not prevent Minnesota from falling to a 4-3 defeat that also ended a run of three consecutive away victories.
Despite losing last weekend, Minnesota sit two points clear of Nashville in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, and they will be looking to extend that gap with a victory on Sunday.
Nashville SC Major League Soccer form:
Minnesota United Major League Soccer form:
After coming off the bench in the second half of the 4-3 defeat to Toronto, Randall Leal could be presented with a starting place.
Despite losing to Colorado last weekend, Adrian Heath could name an unchanged Minnesota side for the trip to Nashville.
Nashville SC possible starting lineup:
Willis; Moore, Zimmerman, Romney, Lovitz; Muyl, McCarty, Davis, Leal; Mukhtar, Sapong
Minnesota United possible starting lineup:
St. Clair; Benitez, Kallman, Dibassy, Lawrence; Rosales, Kibunguchy; Hlongwane, Danladi, Fragapane; Amarilla
We say: Nashville SC 2-3 Minnesota United
Both sides have been involved in entertaining contests of late, and we think Sunday’s encounter will also produce goals, but after winning three of their last four away games, we think Minnesota will edge out Nashville.
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