Best Odds: 16/5
While the domestic season may be over across Europe, there’s still a lot of football left to be played in the United States as this year’s Major League Soccer campaign rolls on. A parade of clubs across both conferences are hoping that they can make it to the post-season and today, we’re going to take a look at a clash between two clubs in different spots: New York City and Atlanta United.
New York City
After spending years trying to break through to the upper echelons of Major League Soccer, New York City Football Club finally managed to pull away from the chasing pack and win the MLS Cup in 2021. Now, they’re positioned in fourth in the Eastern Conference, and we’d say they’re positioned really nicely in the hunt to go all the way once again.
Rodriguez should be set to return with NYC likely to make a handful of changes following their 4-4 epic earlier in the week.
Atlanta United had their moment in the sunshine upon entering the MLS for the first time but now, they’re working on building back up to their former glory days. They’re lingering outside the play-off positions and fans aren’t happy with how things are going, which should lead to a few tense and important weeks of action as we start getting down to the nitty-gritty of the campaign.
Martinez will start from the front with Atlanta still having plenty of injuries including Alonso, Lennon, Castanheira, Guzan and Robinson.
Factors to Consider
- In their last meeting in June 2021, New York beat Atlanta 1-0.
- New York have won three, drawn two and lost one of their last six games.
- Atlanta have won one, drawn two and lost three of their last six games.
- New York have scored 10 goals and conceded seven in their last six games.
- Atlanta have scored nine goals and conceded 10 in their last six games.
Given the absolute war that NYC went through against Cincinnati, we think Atlanta should be feeling hopeful of their chances when it comes to tiring them out and gradually breaking them down. We can see a long, drawn out clash that may feel a bit anticlimactic in the end with NYC and Atlanta sharing the points in a 0-0 draw – potentially a 1-1 draw, at a push.
Best Odds: 16/5