Atlanta United Aiming for the Top
Prior to the start of the season, I chose Atlanta United as my dark horse to win the MLS Cup. Five games into the season, I’m glad I did. The Five Stripes are only three points behind first place in the Eastern Conference.
Defeating Charlotte FC won’t be easy, though. The Crown’s two victories were Bank of America Stadium, precisely where they’ll collide on Sunday. Just like their first meeting, Atlanta dominates the Soccer lines, but this time by a much smaller margin.
Charlotte FC Stronger at Home
Being a new franchise is never easy, but Charlotte FC has been putting up a good fight since day one. That’s especially true when the Crown plays at home, where it got its two victories.
First, they defeated the all-mighty New England Revolution 3-1 with Karol Swiderski as the Man of the Match after scoring twice. One week later, Swiderski led them to victory once again, 2-0 over CF Cincinnati.
Most recently, they went to Philadelphia and lost 2-0 to the Union. Curiously enough, they won possession with 60 percent and made more shots in total.
“When it came to playing with the ball, I thought this was the best we’ve been. We were figuring out how to progress, finding the spaces, and seeing where the advantages were. In that aspect, I thought we had a good game,” said head coach Miguel Ramirez after the game. He’s not wrong, in the end, experience made the difference.
Individually, besides Swiderski, Ben Bender also deserves a lot of credit. The midfielder leads the team, and the league, in assists with three.
The home side is offering a +210 price in the sportsbook. A home underdog will always be a tempting underdog.
Atlanta United Building a Non-Losing Streak
After losing to the Colorado Rapids in Week 2, Atlanta United is 2-1-0. During that span, the Five Stripes scored six goals and allowed four.
Last weekend, they went to Washington and defeated DC United 1-0. Marcelino Moreno scored the winning goal in stoppage time, showing how important it’s to never give up. Victories like that are an extra dose of motivation.
The Five Stripes have talent to spare. Santiago Sosa, Miles Robinson, and Franco Ibarra came off the bench in Washington. Head coach Gonzalo Pineda establishing a meritocracy has been crucial for Atlanta’s success. Plus, in such a long season, having a deep roster can make a huge difference.
Offensively, only the Columbus Crew has scored more goals than the Five Stripes in the Eastern Conference. Eight different Atlanta players have scored; Josef Martinez leads the way with two goals.
Atlanta dominates the odds board thanks to a +125 price. This will be the first time that the Five Stripes come in as the betting online favorites when playing on the road.
Charlotte FC vs Atlanta United Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 1
- Charlotte FC Victories: 0 (1 goal)
- Atlanta United Victories: 1 (2 goals)
- Draws: 0
Atlanta played host to Charlotte less than a month ago and got the three points thanks to a 2-1 victory. The visitors put up a really good fight. Jake Mulraney scored the winning goal in stoppage time. Josef Martinez also scored for the Five Stripes, while Adam Armour did it for the Crown.
The Five Stripes were also the favorites for that match thanks to a -190 price.
Charlotte FC vs Atlanta United Game Information
- Date: Sunday, April 10th
- Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
- Charlotte FC vs Atlanta United Live Stream: fubo.tv
Charlotte FC vs Atlanta United Betting Lines
Charlotte FC vs Atlanta United Prediction
There’s no doubt that Atlanta United is the better team, but Charlotte FC’s confidence blossoms when playing at home. That’s why I expect another close battle. Nevertheless, I expect the same outcome. Besides Josef Martinez, Atlanta will have Dom Dwyer back, while recently signed Ronaldo Cisneros is ready to debut. That’s simply too much offensive power. Go ahead and include Atlanta’s total going over in your Soccer picks
Score Prediction: Atlanta United 2, Charlotte FC 1
Pick: Atlanta United Over 1½ at +110