LA Galaxy vs Atlanta United FC MLS Picks & Predictions 8/3/2019
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Daniel Steres and the LA Galaxy (12-1-9, 3rd in the Western Conference) are headed to Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet Atlanta United (11-3-9, 2nd in the Eastern Conference). The probable starting goaltenders are David Bingham for the LA Galaxy and Brad Guzan for Atlanta United. The 5 Stripes are priced at -175 while the Galaxy are at +370. The O/U opens at 3.
The LA Galaxy step onto the pitch with a mark of 12 victories, 1 draw, and 9 defeats which is good for 3rd in the Western Conference. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 30 goals which puts them at 8th in the conference and 17th in the league. That said, if they are going to get the win this game, they will want to put some goals in the back of the net. Their goal differential is -1 which is good for 15th in the league. The LA Galaxy will want to move the ball around the pitch and get the ball to their scorers as they have earned a total of 22 assists which puts them at 14th in the league and 6th in the conference. Regarding shots on target, they have earned a total of 94 which puts them at 9th in the conference and 16th in the league. As a group, LA has a total of 261 fouls which means they are averaging 11.86 fouls per contest. They have earned a total of 37 points for this year and they have an average attendance of 22,897.
Daniel Steres is one of the players to keep an eye on for the Galaxy. The defender from the United States has engaged in 22 games so far this season and has played a total of 1,979 minutes. Up to now, the 28-year-old has racked up 3 goals and has had an assist on 0 goals. So far this year he is averaging 90 minutes per game. Steres has started 22 games so far this season and has committed 16 fouls in that time. In discussing shots on target, Steres has totaled 5 which places him at 138th in MLS and 4th in the Western Conference among defenders. Uriel Antuna is another scorer to watch out for on the team from LA. The 21-year-old from Mexico has racked up 2 goals so far this season which has him ranking 21st in the Western Conference among midfielders and 141st among all players in MLS. He has totaled 1,521 mins and has an average of 80 minutes per appearance which has him ranking 170th in MLS. For the year, he has produced 7 shots on target which has him ranking 24th in the Western Conference among midfielders.
The man protecting the net for the Galaxy is David Bingham from the United States. He is 29 years old and has racked up 1,980 mins minding the net for the 2019 campaign. Bingham is surrendering an average of 1.41 goals per 90 minutes which places him at 7th among West goaltenders and 18th in MLS among goalies. For the year, he's allowed 31 goals. He has a save percentage of .748 which places him at 3rd among West goaltenders.
Atlanta United FC steps onto the field holding a mark of 11 victories, 3 draws, and 9 defeats putting them at 2nd in the Eastern Conference. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 37 goals which puts them at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 5th in MLS. That said, if they are going to get points on the day, they are going to want to put the pressure on the opposition. Their goal differential is +9 putting them at 3rd in MLS. Atlanta United FC will look to make sure they are sharing the ball as they have compiled a total of 24 assists which puts them at 9th in MLS and 6th in the Eastern Conference. As to shots on target, they have compiled a total of 114 which puts them at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 6th in MLS. As a group, Atlanta currently has a total of 238 fouls which has them averaging 10.35 fouls per contest. They have compiled a total of 36 points for the season and they have an average crowd of 51,662.
Josef Martinez is a top player to watch for the 5 Stripes. The forward from Venezuala has participated in 20 contests for the year and has totaled 1,782 minutes. Up to now, the 25-year-old has scored 17 goals and has assisted on 2 goals. So far this year he is averaging 89 minutes per appearance. Martinez has started 20 contests for the year and has a total of 9 fouls during that period. When it comes to shots on target, Martinez has connected on 31 which puts him at 4th in MLS and 1st in the East among forwards. Julian Gressel is another guy to keep an eye on for the squad from Atlanta. The 25-year-old from Germany has tallied 4 goals this season which places him at 13th in the Eastern Conference among midfielders and 67th among all players in MLS. He has played 1,849 minutes and holds an average of 80 minutes per appearance which places him at 169th in MLS. So far this season, he has connected on 20 shots on target which places him at 4th in the Eastern Conference among midfielders.
Protecting the goal for the 5 Stripes is Brad Guzan from the United States. He is 34 years old and has played a total of 2,070 minutes defending the net for the year. Guzan is giving up an average of 1.26 goals per 90 mins which has him ranked 7th among East goaltenders and 11th among goalies in Major League Soccer. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 29 goals. He holds a save % of .659 which has him ranked 8th among East goaltenders.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take LA (+370)
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