Atlanta United FC vs FC Cincinnati Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 7/16/2020
Game: Atlanta United FC vs FC Cincinnati
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Location: ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (-200) Cincinnati (+450)
ESPN Sports Complex is the site where Allan Cruz and FC Cincinnati (0-0-2, 11th in the Eastern Conference) will take on Atlanta United (2-0-0, 1st in the Eastern Conference) on Thursday. The goalies protecting the net will be Brad Guzan for Atlanta United and Spencer Richey for FC Cincinnati. The 5 Stripes are priced at -200 while FCC is at +450. The over/under is set at 2.5.
During the season thus far, Atlanta has a total of 4 goals which is good for 5th in the conference and 7th in MLS. Their goal differential is +2, ranking them 3rd in MLS. Atlanta United FC currently have a total of 3 assists, which is good for 8th in MLS and 4th in the conference. in respect to shots on target, they currently have a total of 10 which is good for 9th in the conference and 15th in MLS. As a unit, Atlanta has collected a total of 33 fouls which has them averaging 16.5 fouls per contest. They currently have a total of 6 points for this season.
JJ Williams is one of the best players to watch for the Crew. The midfielder from the United States has competed in 14 contests in the time he's played professional soccer and has totaled 839 minutes. Over the course of that time, the 21-year-old has a total of 2 goals. He's earned a career average of 59.9 minutes per game. Williams has started 14 contests in the time he's played professional soccer and has a total of 19 fouls over the course of that period. When it comes to shots on target, Williams has produced 6 in his pro soccer career which ranks him 408th when compared to all players still active and 98th in the East among midfielders. Brooks Lennon is another player to watch out for on the squad from Salt Lake. The 21-year-old from the United States has netted 3 goals in the time he's played professional soccer which is 81st in the West among midfielders and 350th among all players still active in the league. He has played 7,078 minutes in the time he's played pro soccer which has him sitting in 60th among active midfielders and holds an average of 66.8 mins per appearance which ranks him 315th in Major League Soccer. Over the course of his professional soccer career, he has connected on 17 shots on target which places him at 69th in the West among active midfielders.
The man defending the goal for Atlanta will be Brad Guzan. Guzan has defended the goal for 29,698 mins and has earned 1,070 saves so far in his pro soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.45 (478 total goals surrendered) and his save percentage is .696. The goalie from the United States has faced 1,538 shots attempted at him in 329 starts. Guzan (112-77-141 mark during his career) has totaled 87 clean sheets, which has his sitting with a 26.4% clean sheet rate.
Regarding goal differential FC Cincinnati currently sits 12th in the conference and 22nd in MLS with -2. They have compiled a total of 3 goals for the season which has them at 10th in the conference. Cincinnati has a save percentage as a team of .438 which has them sitting 24th in MLS, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive.
One of the toughest players to defend for FCC is Allan Cruz. The 22 year-old has driven 7 balls past the man in net in the time he's played pro soccer. He has produced 21 shots on target in the time he's played pro soccer. He has played a total of 1,744 minutes and averages 79.3 mins per game in the time he's played pro soccer. Another good player on this squad is Frankie Amaya. He has racked up 18 fouls.
Spencer Richey is expected to look after the goal for FCC. During his MLS career, Richey has given up 136 goals while earning 259 stops in 79 starts. He has allowed 1.72 goals per 90 minutes and he has a record of 29-13-37. He holds a save percentage of .662 and his shutout rate is currently 16.5%. Richey has earned 13 shutouts while defending 391 shots against him in 7,110 career mins.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Atlanta (-200)
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