Atlanta United FC vs New York City FC Prediction, 10/20/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta United FC vs New York City FC
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+190) New York City (+120)
Maximiliano Moralez and New York City FC (11-7-11, 8th in Eastern Conference) go to Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday where they'll take on Atlanta United (11-9-9, 5th in Eastern Conference). The expected starting goalies will be Brad Guzan for Atlanta United and Sean Johnson for New York City FC. The line on this game has Atlanta United coming in at +190 and NYCFC is at +120. The O/U is set at 5.5.
Atlanta stepped onto the pitch against Toronto in their most recent game and earned the victory with a final of 2-0. The 5 Stripes tried 18 dribbles in this matchup and were able to convert 11 of those tries for a percentage of 61.1%. In the passing game, they earned a 87.9% received passes rate by connecting on 415 out of their 472 pass attempts in their last match.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Atlanta wrapped this game up at a 47.1% clip by putting 8 shots on target out of 17 total shots. Atlanta averages 1.24 goals per 90 (36 total goals) and have racked up 26 assists in all contests this year.
Marcelino Moreno is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Atlanta United. Moreno has been given a starting assignment in 107 contests during his career and he has earned 0.14 G/90. The forward representing Argentina has earned 14 goals in 9,171 mins. He has totaled 14 assists while earning 11 yellow cards so far in his career.
Another guy who could decide the outcome is Josef Martinez, the forward representing Venezuela. Martinez has been on the field for 14,630 minutes in 166 starting assignments and has been given a total of 13 yellow cards. He has helped a teammate on a goal 16 times during his pro soccer career while he has scored 105 goals. He has an average of 0.65 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The man who will defend the goal for Atlanta United FC will be Brad Guzan. Guzan (127-88-159 mark in his career) has recorded 102 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 27.3% shutout rate. The keeper from the United States has had 1,716 shots tried against him in 373 career starting assignments. His GA/90 is 1.42 (530 goals given up) and his save percentage is 69.9. Guzan has seen the field for 33,658 minutes and has tallied 1,198 saves thus far in his career.
For their last outing, New York City went home defeated by a final of 1-0 against New York. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 424 of the 522 passes they tried for a rate of 81.2%. NYCFC finished with a 58.8% successful dribble rate by completing 10 out of the 17 dribbles they tried. New York City had 2 shots on target out of 6 shots tried giving them a 33.3% clip in their last match. Having earned a total of 43 goals and 31 assists in all competitions, New York City is averaging 1.48 goals and 1.07 assists per 90 min.
Maximiliano Moralez will be someone to watch for New York City FC. The forward hailing from Argentina has earned 22,884 minutes and has scored 47 goals. He has totaled 40 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 66 times. He is averaging 0.18 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 262 matches in his career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Jesus Medina, the forward born in Paraguay. He has 39 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 9 times. Medina has been given 18 yellow cards in 11,258 mins (131 career starts). His goals per 90 minute average in his career is 0.31.
Sean Johnson will be looking after the net for New York City FC. Johnson has accumulated 74 clean sheets while he has seen 1,370 shots against him in 28,416 minutes throughout his career. He has a save % of 70.7 and his shutout rate is currently 23.4%. He has conceded 1.32 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a record of 122-91-103. Thus far in his career, Johnson has given up 418 goals and has tallied 967 stops in 316 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Atlanta (+190)
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