Atlanta United FC vs Nashville SC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/22/2020
Game: Atlanta United FC vs Nashville SC
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (-182) Nashville (+555)
Jake Mulraney and Nashville SC (1-1-2, 11th in the Western Conference) go to Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet Atlanta United (2-0-3, 8th in the Eastern Conference). The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Brad Guzan for Atlanta United and Joe Willis for Nashville SC. The 5 Stripes are priced at -182 while Nashville SC are at +555. The total opens at 2.75.
Atlanta has controlled possession of the ball for 56.8% of the time while they dribble successfully 62.4% of the time (9th in Major League Soccer). They have launched 49 shots at the goal with 19 being on target, which is a 38.8% SOT percentage. The 5 Stripes as a team have accumulated 4 goals for the year, which has them 18th in the league. Their players have caught 2,365 passes from teammates on 2,665 attempts this year, making their receiving percentage 88.7%.
Jake Mulraney is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for the 5 Stripes. He has 5 assists while tallying 14 yellow cards so far in his career. Mulraney has been a starter in 63 matches during his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.08 goals per 90 minutes. The defender who represents Ireland has totaled 5 goals scored (238th among active MLS players) in 5,688 mins. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Brooks Lennon, the defender who was born in the United States. Lennon has earned 6,440 mins during 69 career starting assignments and has earned himself a total of 12 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 7 times thus far in his career and he has scored 3 goals. He averages 0.04 G/90 in his pro soccer career (273rd among active MLS players).
The man who is expected to protect the net for Atlanta is Brad Guzan. Guzan (112-77-143 mark during his soccer career) has totaled 87 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 26.3% clean sheet percentage. The keeper from the United States has faced 1,544 shots attempted against him in 331 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.45 (480 total goals allowed) and he has a save percentage of .696. Guzan has played for a total of 29,878 minutes and has accumulated 1,074 stops in his pro soccer career.
Nashville has 1,643 targets for the season (26th in MLS) with 1,398 successful received passes. They hold a receiving percentage of 85.1% and they have controlled possession of the ball 42.3% of the time. Nashville SC have been able to dribble successfully 63.1% of the time so far this year while collecting 2 goals. They have been able to connect on 31.6% of their shots out of 57 total shots.
Hany Mukhtar will need to be on top of his game for Nashville. The midfielder who represents Germany has been on the field for 9,889 mins while scoring 25 goals (92nd among active MLS players). He has totaled 18 yellow cards during his MLS career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 25 times. He is averaging 0.23 goals per 90 mins and has started 61 matches thus far in his career. You should also keep an eye on Dominique Badji, the forward who hails from Senegal. He has tallied 34 goals so far in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 11 times. Badji has been given 23 yellow card cautions in 9,437 mins played (111 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average during his career is 0.32 (71st among active players).
Joe Willis will look after the net for NSC. Willis has 27 shutouts while he has seen 600 shots attempted against him in 12,069 minutes throughout his career. He sports a save percentage of .685 and his clean sheet rate is currently 20.5%. He has given up 1.51 goals per 90 while he holds a mark of 45-34-55. During his MLS career, Willis has conceded 203 goals while totaling 411 saves in 132 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Nashville (+555)
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