Atlanta United FC vs New York City FC Expert MLS Picks 9/25/2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Yankee Stadium is the site where Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and New York City FC (16-10-5, 1st in the Eastern Conference) will take on Atlanta United (17-3-11, 2nd in the Eastern Conference) on Wednesday. The goalkeepers expected to start are Brad Guzan for Atlanta United and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. NYCFC is priced at -121 while the 5 Stripes are at +260. The O/U is set at 3.
Atlanta United FC steps onto the field with a record of 17 wins, 3 draws, and 11 losses which puts them at 2nd in the Eastern Conference. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 50 goals which puts them at 4th in the conference and 7th in MLS. Their goal differential is +16, which puts them at 3rd in MLS. Atlanta United FC will look to get teammates more involved in this game as they have compiled a total of 33 assists, which puts them at 10th in MLS and 6th in the conference. In the matter of shots on target, they have compiled a total of 163 which puts them at 3rd in the conference and 6th in MLS. As a team, Atlanta has earned a total of 320 fouls which has them averaging 10.32 fouls per game. They have compiled a total of 54 points for this 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 played in 17 contests so far in 2019 and has played a total of 1,096 minutes. During that period of time, the 30-year-old has tallied 4 goals and has had an assist on 0 goals. He has an average of 64 mins per game. Meram has started 12 contests so far in 2019 and has a total of 19 fouls in that time. When it comes to shots on target, Meram has connected on 8 which has him sitting in 126th in MLS and 27th in the East among forwards. Julian Gressel is another scorer to keep an eye on for the squad from Atlanta. The 25-year-old from Germany has netted 4 goals this year which has him ranking 20th in the Eastern Conference among midfielders and 92nd among all qualified players in Major League Soccer. He has played a total of 2,526 mins and averages 81 mins per appearance. In 2019, he has connected on 26 shots on target which has him ranking 7th in the Eastern Conference among midfielders.
In goal for the 5 Stripes is Brad Guzan from the United States. He is 34 years old and has played a total of 2,790 minutes defending the goal for the 2019 campaign. Guzan is allowing an average of 1.19 goals per 90 mins which ranks him 4th in the Eastern Conference and 7th among goaltenders in Major League Soccer. For the year, he's given up 37 goals. He's earned a save % of .686 which ranks him 7th in the Eastern Conference.
New York City FC is the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they sit with 16 wins, 10 draws, and 5 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they are ranked 1st in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in MLS with +19. They have earned a total of 57 goals for the 2019 season which has them at 1st in the Eastern Conference. New York City has a save % as a team of .678 which currently has them ranked 11th in MLS, which means chances to score may be scarce. They have an average attendance of 20,908 which is good for 5th in the Eastern Conference.
One of the guys to keep an eye on for NYCFC is Ismael Tajouri-Shradi. The 24 year-old has delivered 4 balls past the goaltender. He ranks 39th among midfielders in the East in assists with 2 and has produced 8 shots on target so far in 2019. He has totaled 805 minutes and holds an average of 50 mins per appearance. Another solid player on this team is Alexander Ring. The midfielder from Finland has netted 4 goals so far this year which is 18th in the East among midfielders. He also has totaled 64 fouls.
In goal for NYCFC is Sean Johnson who is having a marginal season by surrendering 1.23 goals per 90 mins and that ranks him 12th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 23rd in Major League Soccer among goaltenders. In the 2,340 minutes he's been on the field this year, he has given up 32 goals. His save percentage is .686 which has him ranking 8th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 16th in Major League Soccer among goaltenders.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take New York City (-121)
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