Toronto FC vs Atlanta United FC Expert MLS Picks 10/30/2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Josef Martinez and Atlanta United host Toronto FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday in the Eastern Conference Finals. Toronto advanced by beating NYCFC 2-1 while Atlanta beat Philadelphia 2-0. The probable starting goalies are Quentin Westberg for Toronto FC and Brad Guzan for Atlanta United. The line on this contest has Toronto FC priced at +350 and the 5 Stripes are at -150. The O/U opens at 3.25.
Toronto FC comes into this match holding a mark of 13 victories, 11 draws, and 10 defeats putting them at 4th in the Eastern Conference. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 57 goals which has them at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 5th in MLS. Their goal differential is +5, putting them at 8th in MLS. Toronto FC have a total of 39 assists, which has them at 6th in MLS and 3rd in the Eastern Conference. When talking about shots on target, they have a total of 168 which has them at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 10th in MLS. As a unit, Toronto has collected a total of 337 fouls which has them averaging 9.91 fouls per game. They have a total of 50 points for 2019 and they have an average crowd of 25,048.
Alejandro Pozuelo is one of the top players for TFC. The midfielder from Spain has played in 222 games in his career and has totaled 15,846 minutes. Up to now, the 27-year-old has connected on 36 goals and has had an assist on 40 goals. For his career he is averaging 71.4 mins per game. Pozuelo has started 222 games over the course of his pro soccer career and has racked up 137 fouls in that time. As to shots on target, Pozuelo has earned 108 in the time he's played professional soccer which ranks him 77th among all players still active and 21st in the East among midfielders. Michael Bradley is another player to keep an eye on for the team from Toronto. The 31-year-old from the United States has tallied 40 goals over the course of his professional soccer career which places him at 13th in the Eastern Conference among midfielders and 61st when compared to all players still active in the league. He has played a total of 33,038 minutes in the time he's played professional soccer which has him ranking 4th among active midfielders and has an average of 82.0 minutes per game which puts him at 94th in MLS. Over the course of his pro soccer career, he has connected on 143 shots on target which has him sitting in 16th in the East among active midfielders.
In goal for TFC is Quentin Westberg from the United States. He is 32 years old and has totaled 2,505 mins minding the goal this season. Westberg is conceding an average of 1.47 goals per 90 mins which puts him at 14th in the Eastern Conference and 22nd among goaltenders in MLS. Over the course of the 2019 season, he has given up 41 goals. His save percentage is .647 which puts him at 12th in the Eastern Conference.
Atlanta United FC will be standing on the other sideline and for the current year they sit with 18 victories, 4 draws, and 12 defeats. When looking at goal differential, they rank 2nd in the East and 3rd in MLS with +15. They currently have a total of 55 goals for the season which puts them at 4th in the East. Atlanta has a save % as a team of .679 which has them sitting 11th in MLS, If good team save percentage. They have an average attendance of 52,510 putting them at 1st in the East.
One of the players to keep an eye on for the 5 Stripes is Josef Martinez. The 25 year-old has fired 95 balls past the goaltender over the course of his professional soccer career. He is sitting at 20th among active forwards in the Eastern Conference in assists with 16 and has a total of 202 shots on target over the course of his professional soccer career. He has played 13,250 mins and has an average of 67.6 minutes per game over the course of his professional soccer career. Another player to keep an eye on for this team Eric Remedi. The midfielder from Argentina has scored 0 goals in the time he has played pro soccer which has him ranked 107th in the Eastern Conference among active midfielders. He also has racked up 50 fouls.
In net for the 5 Stripes is Brad Guzan who is having a marginal season by allowing 1.26 goals per 90 minutes and that has him 16th in the Eastern Conference and 30th among goalies in MLS. In the 3,060 mins he has played this season, he has surrendered 43 goals. His save % is .679 which ranks him 10th in the Eastern Conference and 20th among goalies in MLS.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Atlanta (-150)
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