Atlanta United FC vs Montreal Impact MLS Picks 9/29/2019
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Saputo Stadium is the venue where Maximiliano Urruti and the Montreal Impact (11-4-17, 9th in the Eastern Conference) will play Atlanta United (17-3-11, 2nd in the Eastern Conference) on Sunday. The goalkeepers expected to start are Brad Guzan for Atlanta United and Evan Bush for the Montreal Impact. The Impact are priced at +190 while the 5 Stripes are at +110. The total is set at 3.
Atlanta United FC steps onto the field holding a mark of 17 wins, 3 draws, and 11 defeats which is good for 2nd in the Eastern Conference. So far this year, they have converted a total of 50 goals which is good for 4th in the conference and 7th in the league. Their goal differential is +16, which is good for 3rd in the league. Atlanta United FC will want to move the ball around the pitch and get the ball to their scorers as they have earned a total of 33 assists, which is good for 10th in the league and 6th in the conference. In the matter of shots on target, they have earned a total of 163 which is good for 3rd in the conference and 6th in the league. As a group, Atlanta has collected a total of 320 fouls which means they have an average of 10.32 fouls per game. They have earned a total of 54 points for the 2019 season and they are averaging a crowd of 53,003.
Justin Meram is one of the top players to keep an eye on for the 5 Stripes. The forward from Iraq has participated in 17 contests so far this year and has played 1,096 minutes. Up to now, the 30-year-old has scored 4 goals and has had an assist on 0 goals. He is currently averaging 64 minutes per appearance. Meram has started 12 contests so far this year and has a total of 19 fouls over the course of that time. Concerning shots on target, Meram has connected on 8 which places him at 126th in MLS and 27th in the East among forwards. Julian Gressel is another player to keep an eye on for the team from Atlanta. The 25-year-old from Germany has a total of 4 goals for the season which has him ranked 20th in the East among midfielders and 92nd among all players in MLS. He has played 2,526 mins and holds an average of 81 mins per appearance. For the 2019 season, he has connected on 26 shots on target which has him ranked 7th in the East among midfielders.
The man looking after the net for the 5 Stripes is Brad Guzan from the United States. He is 34 years old and has totaled 2,790 minutes minding the net for the year. Guzan is conceding 1.19 goals per 90 mins which has him ranked 4th among East goalies and 7th among goaltenders in MLS. For the 2019 campaign, he's given up 37 goals. He holds a save percentage of .686 which has him ranked 7th among East goalies.
The Montreal Impact will be looking to add points to their total and for the current year they have 11 victories, 4 draws, and 17 losses. In connection with goal differential, they currently sit 11th in the Eastern Conference and 22nd in MLS with -16. They have earned a total of 40 goals for 2019 which is good for 10th in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has a save percentage as a team of .590 which has them sitting 23rd in MLS, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have an average attendance of 16,288 which puts them at 9th in the Eastern Conference.
One of the players to watch for the Impact is Maximiliano Urruti. The 27 year-old has put 3 balls into the net. He sits at 1st among forwards in the East in assists with 6 and has a total of 21 shots on target this year. He has played 2,318 minutes and has an average of 80 mins per appearance. Another one of the great players on this team is Saphir Taïder. The midfielder from Algeria has scored 9 goals this year which has him ranking 7th in the East among midfielders. He also has totaled 24 fouls.
In goal for the Impact is Evan Bush who is having a bad season by giving up 1.84 goals per 90 mins and that ranks him 18th among East goaltenders and 34th in Major League Soccer. In the 2,880 minutes he has played this season, he's allowed 59 goals. He has a save % of .590 which has him ranked 19th among East goaltenders and 37th in Major League Soccer.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Montreal (+190)
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