Atlanta United FC vs Columbus Crew Prediction, 7/24/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta United FC vs Columbus Crew
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+126) Columbus (+252)
Josef Martinez and Atlanta United (2-8-4, 10th in Eastern Conference) host the Columbus Crew (5-6-3, 6th in Eastern Conference) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday. The goaltenders protecting the net are Alec Kann for Atlanta United and Eloy Room for the Columbus Crew. The Crew are priced at +252 while the 5 Stripes are at +126. The total is set at 2.25.
Atlanta faced off with Cincinnati in their last game and wrapped it up with a draw by a score of 1-1. The 5 Stripes attempted 21 dribbles in this outing and were successful in 15 of those attempts for a rate of 71.4%. In the passing game, they ended with a 86.4% received passes rate by converting 424 out of their 491 pass targets last contest.
In relation to shooting accuracy, Atlanta walked away from the pitch at a 40.9% rate by hitting 9 shots on target out of 22 total shots. Atlanta has an average of 0.86 goals per 90 (12 total goals) and have earned 8 assists in all matches this year.
Josef Martinez is a player who should be able to impact this match for Atlanta United. He has 16 assists while earning 13 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career. Martinez has had a starting assignment in 155 matchups in his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.64 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Venezuela has earned 97 goals scored in 13,725 mins. Someone else who should impact this match is Marcelino Moreno, the forward hailing from Argentina. He has assisted on a goal 11 times thus far in his career while scoring 9 goals. Moreno has played 8,005 mins in 93 career starting assignments and has been given a total of 9 yellow card cautions. He is averaging 0.10 G/90 during his career.
The guy defending the goal for Atlanta United FC will be Alec Kann. Kann has defended the goal for 7,322 minutes and has earned 274 stops so far in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.39 (113 goals allowed) and he holds a save % of 72.5. The goalie from the United States has faced 382 shots tried at him in 82 career starts. Kann (28-23-31 mark during his career) has tallied 16 clean sheets, which has earned him a 19.5% shutout rate.
For their last match, Columbus earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 0-0 against Nashville. The Crew had a 75.0% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 9 of the 12 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this outing by completing 581 of the 648 passing attempts for a rate of 89.7%. Columbus landed 7 shots on goal out of the team's 18 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 38.9% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having earned a total of 12 goals and 6 assists in all their matches, Columbus averages 0.86 goals and 0.43 assists per 90 min.
Lucas Zelarayan will need to provide a lift for Columbus Crew. He is averaging 0.31 goals per 90 minutes and has been given a starting assignment in 127 games in his pro soccer career. The midfielder born in Argentina has been on the pitch for 11,320 minutes and has scored 39 goals. He has earned 7 yellow cards thus far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 24 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Pedro Santos, the forward born in Portugal. He has totaled 41 goals during his career while helping on a goal 39 times. Santos has earned himself a total of 53 yellow cards in 15,902 minutes (182 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.23.
Eloy Room will be residing in front of the net for Columbus Crew. During his professional soccer career, Room has conceded 276 goals and has earned 697 saves in 204 starting assignments. He has given up 1.34 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a mark of 81-56-69. He holds a save percentage of 72.8 and his clean sheet rate is 23.0%. Room has recorded 47 clean sheets and has defended 969 shots against him in 18,561 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Atlanta (+126)
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