Atlanta United FC vs FC Dallas Prediction, 9/23/2020 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta United FC vs FC Dallas
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+106) Dallas (+271)
Adam Jahn and FC Dallas (5-4-2, 3rd in the Western Conference) head to Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday where they'll take on Atlanta United (3-2-7, 11th in the Eastern Conference). The goaltenders who are expected to start are Brad Guzan for Atlanta United and Jimmy Maurer for FC Dallas. The line on this contest has Atlanta United priced at +106 and FCD is at +271. The O/U is set at 2.75.
Atlanta has been able to control possession for 58.3% of matches while they have success at dribbling 63.3% of the time (6th in Major League Soccer). They have attempted 109 shots at the goal with 44 being on target, which comes out to a 40.4% SOT percentage. The 5 Stripes have collected 12 goals this year, which has them 18th in MLS. Their players have received 5,669 passes on 6,348 targets this season, giving them a receiving percentage of 89.3%.
Adam Jahn is a guy who should impact this matchup for the 5 Stripes. Jahn has been a starter in 95 games during his career and has 0.40 goals per 90 mins. The forward who was born in the United States has racked up 41 goals scored (49th among active MLS players) in 9,113 professional minutes. He has accounted for 10 assists while tallying 17 yellow card warnings in his career. Another player who should impact this match is Emerson Hyndman, the midfielder who is from the United States. He has assisted on a goal 2 times thus far in his career while scoring 9 goals. Hyndman has been on the field for 5,074 minutes in 60 starting assignments and has been given 4 yellow cards. He currently averages 0.16 G/90 during his MLS career (149th among active MLS players).
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Atlanta will be Brad Guzan. Guzan has played for a total of 30,508 minutes and has 1,088 saves during his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.45 (492 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of .693. The keeper from the United States has had 1,570 shots attempted against him in 338 career starts. Guzan (113-79-147 mark during his soccer career) has accumulated 89 shutouts, which leaves him with a 26.3% clean sheet percentage.
FCD have had success dribbling 60.9% of the time on the campaign while totaling 19 goals. They have a receiving percentage of 87.4% while they maintain possession of the ball 49.5% of the time. Dallas has totaled 4,894 targets on the year (21st in MLS) with 4,277 successful received passes. They have been able to connect on 41.3% of their shots on target on 126 shots.
Michael Barrios will be someone to watch for Dallas. The forward from Colombia has totaled 13,048 professional minutes while scoring 30 goals (71st among active players). He has 20 yellow cards during his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 36 times. He scores 0.21 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 256 matches so far in his pro soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Matt Hedges, the defender who represents the United States. Hedges has been given 35 yellow card cautions in 21,759 minutes played (246 starts). His goals per 90 min average in his pro soccer career is 0.07 (224th among active players). He has earned 16 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 2 times.
Jimmy Maurer will be looking after the net for FCD. Maurer has earned 49 clean sheets while seeing 587 shots attempted against him in 12,739 career minutes. He sports a save percentage of .712 and his clean sheet rate sits at 34.3%. He has conceded 1.22 goals per 90 mins while earning a mark of 60-47-37. So far in his MLS career, Maurer has allowed 172 goals while totaling 418 saves in 143 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Dallas (+271)
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