Seattle Sounders FC vs Atlanta United FC Prediction, 5/23/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Seattle Sounders FC vs Atlanta United FC
Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021
Location: Lumen Field in Seattle, WA
Odds/Point Spread: Seattle (-152) Atlanta (+360)
Josef Martinez and Atlanta United (2-2-1, 4th in Eastern Conference) travel to Lumen Field on Sunday where they'll meet the Seattle Sounders FC (5-1-0, 1st in Western Conference). The men protecting the net are Stefan Cleveland for the Seattle Sounders FC and Brad Guzan for Atlanta United. The Sounders are priced at -152 while the 5 Stripes are at +360. The total has been set at 2.75.
Seattle faced off with Los Angeles in their last game and notched a win by a score of 2-0. The Sounders tried 21 dribbles in this matchup and completed 15 of those tries for a percentage of 71.4%. In sharing the ball, they finished with a 85.7% received passes rate by completing 305 of the 356 passing targets in their last game. Regarding shot accuracy, Seattle ended this match at a 30.0% rate by landing 3 shots on target of 10 total shots. Seattle sports an average of 2.17 g/90 (13 total goals) and have earned 8 assists in all matches this year.
Nicolas Lodeiro is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for the Seattle Sounders FC. Lodeiro has been given a starting assignment in 155 contests during his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.26 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder born in Uruguay has recorded 41 goals in 14,246 professional minutes. He has accounted for 51 assists while earning 27 yellow cards thus far in his career. Someone else who should impact this match is Raul Ruidiaz, the forward who is from Peru. He has helped a teammate on a goal 10 times in his career while he has scored 100 goals. Ruidiaz has been on the pitch for 13,130 mins in 152 starting assignments and has been given a total of 14 yellow card warnings. He is currently averaging 0.69 goals per 90 for his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Seattle Sounders FC is Stefan Cleveland. Cleveland has seen the field for 900 mins and is sitting with 40 saves thus far in his career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.10 (11 total goals given up) and he has earned a save percentage of 82.0. The goalie hailing from the United States has had 50 shots attempted against him in 10 starts. Cleveland (4-3-3 record in his career) has accumulated 1 shutouts, which leaves him with a 10.0% shutout rate.
When they last took the field, Atlanta walked away with a victory by a final of 1-0 against Montreal. They finished the contest by converting 612 of the 673 passing attempts for a percentage of 90.9%. The 5 Stripes ended the game with a 100.0% successful dribble rate by connecting on 13 of the 13 dribbles they tried. Atlanta had 2 shots on goal out of 10 shots attempted which had them at a 20.0% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having tallied 5 goals and 2 assists in all competitions, Atlanta is averaging 1.00 goal and 0.40 assists per 90 minutes.
Josef Martinez will be someone to watch for Atlanta United FC. He currently averages 0.64 G/90 and has been given a starting assignment in 153 outings during his pro soccer career. The forward born in Venezuela has 13,522 mins while scoring 96 goals. He has totaled 13 yellow cards during his career and has assisted on a goal 16 times. You should also keep an eye on Lisandro Lopez, the forward hailing from Argentina. Lopez has been given a total of 37 yellow card cautions in 26,015 mins (295 starting assignments). His G/90 average during his soccer career is 0.53. He has earned 152 goals so far in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 34 times.
Brad Guzan will be looking after the net for Atlanta United FC. Guzan has 95 clean sheets and has defended 1,636 shots tried against him in 31,948 minutes throughout his career. He has a save % of 69.6 and his shutout rate is currently at 26.8%. He has allowed 1.43 goals per 90 while he holds a mark of 118-83-154. During his pro soccer career, Guzan has given up 509 goals while totaling 1,137 saves in 354 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's MLS game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Seattle (-152)
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