Atlanta United vs. Minnesota United / MLS – Two teams that have totally different ambitions will meet in this match of American-Canadian MLS league given that Atlanta currently occupies the third place in the Eastern Conference, while Minnesota is just ninth in the West and has almost no chance to reach the play-off by the end of season. Let’s add that their only match played so far, in Minnesota in March 2017, ended as Atlanta’s victory of even 6-1. Begins: 04.10.2017 – 01:00 CET
Right because of that Atlanta is regarded as a great favourite to win at home, especially as this team has three-game winning streak at its stadium, which in fact propelled them at the third place in the Eastern Conference. True, out of last 16 matches played in the MLS Atlanta lost just once, around mid-August when it faced D.C. United inWashington, and fully deservedly is in the race for first places that directly leads to the play-off.
Of course, it would be a huge success for team that is in fact debutant in the MLS. Their coach is experienced Argentinian Martino, while regarding the team that will face Minnesota it will be probably changed a bit compared to recent match with New England (0—0), given that out of action due to injuries are defender Garza and midfielder Almiron, while goalkeeper Guzan and forward Martinez are with their national teams.
Probable lineups Atlanta United: Kann – Walkes, Parkhurst, Gonzalez Pirez, McCann – Carmona, Larentowicz – Villalba, Gressel, Asad – Jones
We have said in the introduction that atmosphere in Minnesota’s locker room is far bleaker than in Atlanta’s, given that they currently occupies mere ninth place in the Western Conference and reached the play-off by the end of regular season nears mission impossible. Minnesota United has even 10 points fewer than Real Salt Lake, although they played two matches less than they, but we need to bear in mind that Minnesota lost even 10 out of 16 away matches played so far this season.
Last week they lost away to Houston Dynamo 2-1, with which they confirmed once again how much difficulties they experience when play away. On top of it, in Minnesota surely remember a debacle suffered in previous match with Atlanta when they lost at home by even 6-1. Let’s add that due to injuries still out of action are defenders Demidov and Davis, midfielders Cronin and de Villardi, and forward Anor, while defender Calvo, midfielder Venegas and forward Molino are with their respective national teams.
Probable lineups Minnesota United: Shuttleworth – Thiesson, Boxall, Kallman, Burch – Ibson, Martin – Finlay, Ibarra, Nicholson – Ramirez
Atlanta United – Minnesota United PICK
Current situation in the table and form of the teams in last month suggest that Atlanta should win this match with ease, especially as it is still in race for direct qualification for the play-off.
Pick: Asian handicap -1.5 Atlanta
Odds: 1.81 t betvictor (down to 1.73 can be played)