Atlanta United FC vs Orlando City SC Predictions, MLS Picks, Betting Tips 8/29/2020
Game: Atlanta United FC vs Orlando City SC
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+200) Orlando (+120)
Tesho Akindele and Atlanta United (3-0-3, 8th in the Eastern Conference) host Orlando City (3-2-2, 4th in the Eastern Conference) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday. The starting goalies will be Brad Guzan for Atlanta United and Pedro Gallese for Orlando City. The Lions are priced at +120 while the 5 Stripes are at +200. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Atlanta maintains possession for 56.7% of matches while they successfully dribble 62.2% of the time (8th in the league). They have launched 55 shots at the goal with 23 being on target, which means they have a 41.8% SOT percentage. The 5 Stripes have scored 6 goals on the campaign, which has them 17th in the league. Their players have been on the receiving end of 2,802 passes on 3,152 tries for the year, which has earned them a receiving percentage of 88.9%.
Adam Jahn is a player who should be able to impact this game for the 5 Stripes. Jahn has been given a starting assignment in 92 contests in his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.41 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who is from the United States has 40 goals (49th among active players) in 8,885 mins played. He has totaled 9 assists while earning 17 yellow card cautions so far in his career. Someone else who should impact this match is Jake Mulraney, the defender who hails from Ireland. He has assisted on a goal 5 times in his MLS career and he has scored 5 goals. Mulraney has been on the field for 5,688 minutes during 63 career starting assignments and has been handed a total of 14 yellow card warnings. He scores 0.08 goals per 90 minutes during his MLS career (205th among active players).
The man protecting the net for Atlanta will be Brad Guzan. Guzan (113-77-143 mark during his career) has accumulated 88 clean sheets, which gives him a 26.5% shutout rate. The keeper from the United States has had 1,548 shots tried at him in 332 starts. His GA/90 is 1.44 (480 goals allowed) and he has a save % of .696. Guzan has seen the field for a total of 29,968 minutes and has tallied 1,078 stops so far in his pro soccer career.
Orlando has 3,442 targets for the campaign (2nd in MLS) and they have 3,010 successful received passes. They have earned a receiving percentage of 87.4% while they control possession of the ball 54.6% of the time. The Lions have been able to dribble successfully 65.1% of the time so far this season while scoring 12 goals. The have hit on 43% of their shots on target on 86 total shots.
Tesho Akindele should provide solid play for Orlando. The forward who is from Canada has been on the field for 9,075 mins and he has scored 35 goals (60th among active players). He has accumulated 10 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 9 times. He currently averages 0.35 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 192 games in his MLS career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Junior Urso, the midfielder who is from Brazil. He has accounted for 22 goals during his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 4 times. Urso has been handed a total of 17 yellow card warnings in 10,402 minutes (122 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his MLS career is 0.19 (133rd among active players).
Pedro Gallese will reside in front of the goal for the Lions. Gallese has earned 26 shutouts while defending 181 shots against him in 11,091 career mins. He is the owner of a save % of .630 and his shutout rate sits at 20.8%. He has conceded 1.05 goals per 90 minutes and he has a mark of 40-32-51. During his MLS career, Gallese has allowed 130 goals while he has accumulated 114 saves in 125 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Orlando (+120)
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