Atlanta United FC vs D.C. United Prediction, 9/18/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta United FC vs D.C. United
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (-125) D.C. (+285)
Ezequiel Barco and Atlanta United (8-9-7, 7th in Eastern Conference) play D.C. United (10-4-10, 5th in Eastern Conference) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday. The goalies protecting the net are Brad Guzan for Atlanta United and Bill Hamid for D.C. United. The 5 Stripes are priced at -125 while the Black-and-Red are at +285. The over/under has been set at 2.5.
Atlanta faced off with Cincinnati in their last game and went home with a win by a final score of 4-0. The 5 Stripes tried 23 dribbles in this match and completed 19 of those tries for a percentage of 82.6%. In the passing game, they finished this match with a 93.7% received passes rate by completing 532 out of their 568 pass targets in their last game.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Atlanta ended this match at a 60.0% rate by hitting 9 SoT of 15 shots. Atlanta averages 1.21 goals per 90 (29 total goals) and have racked up 21 assists in all games for the season.
Ezequiel Barco is a player who should be able to impact this game for Atlanta United. Barco has been given a starting assignment in 78 outings so far in his pro soccer career and he accounts for 0.25 goals per 90. The forward born in Argentina has 21 goals in 7,445 mins played. He has totaled 16 assists while tallying 14 yellow cards during his soccer career.
One more guy who should impact this match is Marcelino Moreno, the forward hailing from Argentina. He has assisted on a goal 13 times during his pro soccer career and he has scored 13 goals. Moreno has totaled 8,881 minutes in 103 starting assignments and has earned himself a total of 10 yellow card warnings. He is averaging 0.13 goals per 90 during his pro soccer career.
The man defending the goal for Atlanta United FC is Brad Guzan. Guzan (124-88-157 record during his soccer career) has tallied 100 shutouts, which leaves him with a 27.2% shutout percentage. The keeper born in the United States has faced 1,694 shots attempted at him in 368 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.42 (525 total goals given up) and he has earned a save percentage of 69.8. Guzan has been on the pitch for a total of 33,208 minutes and is sitting with 1,180 saves in his career.
For their last match, D.C. went home victorious with a score of 3-0 against Chicago. The Black-and-Red had a 31.3% successful dribble percentage by completing 5 of the 16 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this contest by connecting on 336 out of their 423 passing attempts for a rate of 79.4%. D.C. converted 1 shots on goal out of the team's 5 shots attempted giving them a 20.0% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. With a total of 38 goals and 26 assists for all their games, D.C. is averaging 1.58 goals and 1.08 assists per 90 minutes.
Ola Kamara will be counted on for D.C. United. The forward hailing from Norway has earned 21,443 mins while scoring 130 goals. He has totaled 12 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 25 times. He has an average of 0.55 goals per 90 minutes and has started 230 outings during his pro soccer career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Julian Gressel, the defender representing Germany. Gressel has earned himself 16 yellow card warnings in 11,250 mins (128 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.14. He has accounted for 17 goals in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 40 different times.
Bill Hamid will be looking after the net for D.C. United. Hamid has tallied 76 shutouts while seeing 1,216 shots against him in 23,125 career minutes. He holds a save % of 74.1 and his shutout rate sits at 29.2%. He has allowed 1.26 goals per 90 minutes while holding a mark of 96-67-94. During his career, Hamid has surrendered 324 goals while earning 897 saves in 260 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take D.C. (+285)
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