Philadelphia Union vs Atlanta United FC MLS Playoff Predictions 10/24/2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the venue where Josef Martinez and Atlanta United (19-4-12, 2nd in the Eastern Conference) will take on the Philadelphia Union (17-7-11, 3rd in the Eastern Conference) on Thursday. The probable starting goalies are Andre Blake for the Philadelphia Union and Brad Guzan for Atlanta United. The Zolos are priced at +330 while the 5 Stripes are at -144. The over/under opens at 3. Philadelphia beat the New York Red Bulls in Round 1 by a score fo 4-3. Atlanta won a low scoring 1-0 affair against the New England Revolution.
The Philadelphia Union head into this game with a record of 17 wins, 7 draws, and 11 losses putting them at 3rd in the Eastern Conference. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 57 goals which has them ranked at 2nd in the conference and 4th in MLS. Their goal differential is +8, putting them at 5th in MLS. The Philadelphia Union currently have a total of 42 assists, which has them ranked at 4th in MLS and 2nd in the conference. When it comes to shots on target, they currently have a total of 176 which has them ranked at 3rd in the conference and 7th in MLS. As a group, Philadelphia has racked up a total of 394 fouls which means they are averaging 11.59 fouls per game. They currently have a total of 55 points for this year and they have an average crowd of 17,111.
Marco Fabián is one of the standout players to keep an eye on for the Zolos. The midfielder from Mexico has appeared in 274 games in the time he's played professional soccer and has played a total of 18,412 minutes. During that period of time, the 29-year-old has netted 67 goals and has had an assist on 31 goals. Over the course of his career he has an average of 67.2 minutes per game. Fabián has started 274 contests over the course of his professional soccer career and has racked up 293 fouls over that period. In terms of shots on target, Fabián has produced 272 in his professional soccer career which puts him at 12th when compared to active players and 2nd in the East among midfielders. Fafà Picault is another guy to keep an eye on for the squad from Philadelphia. The 27-year-old from the United States has a total of 37 goals in the time he's played pro soccer which has him sitting in 16th in the East among midfielders and 68th out of all players still active in professional soccer. He has totaled 9,244 minutes over the course of his professional soccer career which puts him at 49th among active midfielders and holds an average of 61.2 mins per appearance which has him ranking 368th in the league. Over the course of his pro soccer career, he has totaled 136 shots on target which has him ranked 17th in the Eastern Conference among active midfielders.
The man in goal for the Zolos is Andre Blake from Jamaica. He is 28 years old and has totaled 2,304 minutes minding the net for the year. Blake is surrendering an average of 1.60 goals per 90 minutes which places him at 18th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 26th among goaltenders in MLS. So far this season, he has surrendered 41 goals. He's earned a save % of .594 which places him at 17th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
Atlanta United FC will be on the other side of the pitch and for the year they sit with 19 victories, 4 draws, and 12 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are sitting 2nd in the conference and 3rd in the league with +15. They have a total of 55 goals for this year which is good for 4th in the conference. Atlanta has a save percentage as a team of .679 which has them ranked 11th in the league, meaning they are a tough team to score against. They are averaging a crowd of 52,510 which is good for 1st in the conference.
One of the guys to remember for the 5 Stripes is Josef Martinez. The 25 year-old has delivered 95 balls past the goalie over the course of his pro soccer career. He is 20th among active forwards in the East in assists with 16 and has connected on 202 shots on target over the course of his pro soccer career. He has played a total of 13,250 mins and has an average of 67.6 minutes per appearance over the course of his pro soccer career. Another player to keep an eye on for this team Eric Remedi. The midfielder from Argentina has netted 0 goals in his career which is 107th in the Eastern Conference among active midfielders. He also has committed 50 fouls.
In net for the 5 Stripes is Brad Guzan who is having an average season by surrendering 1.26 goals per 90 mins and that has him 16th among East goalies and 30th in MLS among goalies. In the 3,060 mins he's been on the field in 2019, he has given up 43 goals. He has a save % of .679 which has him ranked 10th among East goalies and 20th in MLS among goalies.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Philadelphia (+330) and over 2.5 total goals
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