Place: USA. Atlanta. Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Date: on the 15th of July, 2018 (Sunday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: MLS. Regular season. East-West Conference.
Atlanta United (the head coach Gerardo Martino)
On the night of 10 July the New-York derby between City and Red Bulls was held that ended with the victory of Domènec Torrent’s team with the minimum score – 1:0. According to the results of this match the team has won over the Red and Whites in a champion race and at the same time have considerably helped the sole leader of the Eastern Conference Atlanta to become stronger:
Atlanta – 40 (20), New York City – 34 (18), New York Red Bulls – 32 (17), Columbus – 30 (20)…
And the team of Gerardo Martino in frames of this round, only one day earlier, during away match has won over Philadelphia Union (0:2). One more goal, the 18th was scored by the top scorer of the team and the whole league Josef Martinez and the victory was gained by the Argentina forward Hector Villalba. As a result Atlanta has taken the first place, however on the lost points New York Red Bulls is still the shadow favorite.
Seattle Sounders (the head coach Brian Schmetzer)
The next guest of Mercedes Benz Arena will be one of the underdogs of the Western Conference – Seattle. Today the club from the State of Washington has16 points (+4=4-9) and the 10th place in standings. The current lag of the team of Brian Schmetzer from playoffs zone is now 10 points.
Of course, this is not a really big lag at the middle of a season. However, here the problem is that in the last rounds Seattle has been gaining points with great difficulty. For example, in five previous matches Sounders have won only one match over Colorado Rapids – one more underdog of the Conference of (2:1). But the team once again has lost to strong rivals – New York Red Bulls (1:2) and Portland Timbers (2:3). And in the last match the team of Brian Schmetzer has gained one point in Boston (0:0).
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Atlanta vs Seattle
Of course, in the forthcoming home match of the sole leader of the Eastern Conference with the underdog of the West the opinion of experts is clear. And therefore Gerardo Martino’s team is a bright favorite in this pair: Atlanta – 1.45, Seattle – 6.50.
The current statistics of Atlanta at home arena is almost faultless – ten matches, six victories at two draws. Twice in the middle of May the leader has lost in home matches to strong opponents – Sporting Kansas City (0:2) and New York Red Bulls (1:3). But now, during the meeting with underdog, possible victory of Atlanta doesn’t raise any doubts..