Atlanta United FC vs Orlando City SC Prediction, 9/10/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta United FC vs Orlando City SC
Date: Friday, September 10, 2021
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+130) Orlando (+160)
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the venue where Nani and Orlando City (10-8-4, 2nd in Eastern Conference) will take on Atlanta United (6-9-7, 9th in Eastern Conference) on Friday. The starting goalkeepers will be Brad Guzan for Atlanta United and Pedro Gallese for Orlando City. The 5 Stripes are priced at +130 while the Lions are at +160. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Atlanta took the field against Nashville in their most recent game and went home with a loss by a final score of 2-0. The 5 Stripes attempted 27 dribbles in this matchup and converted 18 of the dribbles for a percentage of 66.7%. When talking about passing the ball, they ended with a 90.3% received passes percentage by converting 522 of the 578 pass targets in their last outing.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Atlanta finished the game at a 20.0% clip by hitting 2 shots on target of 10 total shots. Atlanta averages 1.05 g/90 (23 goals in total) and have accounted for 16 assists in all matches this season.
Ezequiel Barco is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Atlanta United. He has totaled 15 assists while earning 14 yellow cards so far in his career. Barco has been a starter in 76 contests so far in his career and scores 0.24 goals per 90 minutes. The forward hailing from Argentina has tallied 19 goals in 7,265 mins played.
Another guy who should impact this match is Marcelino Moreno, the forward representing Argentina. Moreno has accumulated 8,705 mins during 101 starting assignments and has been given a total of 10 yellow card warnings. He has helped on a goal 12 times so far in his career while scoring 13 goals. He currently averages 0.13 G/90 for his career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Atlanta United FC is Brad Guzan. Guzan (122-88-157 record in his career) has recorded 98 shutouts, which gives him a 26.8% shutout rate. The keeper from the United States has faced 1,689 shots tried against him in 366 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.43 (525 total goals conceded) and he holds a save percentage of 69.7. Guzan has played for a total of 33,028 mins and has tallied 1,175 saves during his soccer career.
For their last outing, Orlando took home the win by a final score of 3-2 against Columbus. The Lions had a 62.5% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 5 of the 8 dribbles they pursued. They finished the match by completing 358 of the 385 pass attempts earning a percentage of 93.0%. Orlando had 6 shots on target out of their 13 shots attempted which had them at a 46.2% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having accumulated 33 goals and 28 assists in all their games, Orlando averages 1.50 goals and 1.27 assists per 90 minutes.
Nani should be able to be counted on for Orlando City SC. He is averaging 0.30 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 302 matches during his career. The forward from Cape Verde has been on the field for 26,874 minutes while earning 91 goals. He has 54 yellow cards so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 91 times. You should also keep an eye on Benji Michel, the forward born in Haiti. He has scored 14 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 6 times. Michel has been handed 3 yellow cards in 3,035 mins (30 career starts). His G/90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.42.
Pedro Gallese is expected to look after the goal for Orlando City SC. Gallese has totaled 33 shutouts and defended 275 shots tried against him in 13,161 career minutes. He sports a save percentage of 70.2 and his shutout rate is 22.3%. He has conceded 1.49 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 52-40-54. So far in his career, Gallese has surrendered 152 goals and has accounted for 189 saves in 148 starts.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Atlanta (+130)
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