Atlanta vs Seattle Sounders betting tips and predictions for the MLS match on Sunday 15th July including a outright selection and anytime goalscorer prediction for the game which kicks off at 7pm UK time. Can Atlanta continue their domination at the top of the Eastern Conference?
Atlanta burst onto the scene last season and they’ve continued to develop with each passing month. They’ve begun the 2018 season in impressive fashion and are averaging two points per game. They have taken 40 points from their opening 20 matches and are sitting pretty at the top of the Eastern Conference. They have a six point cushion over second place New York City and have won six of their first ten matches at home. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a mightily impressive ground and the home fans generate a wall of noise throughout the 90 minutes. Only Sporting KC and NY Red Bulls have won here this season. They hosts have one of the most exciting strike-forces in the division and Seattle Sounders are likely to find it difficult to stop them. The Sounders have been poor in front of goals this year and have won just one of their last five matches coming into this tie. They are comfortably the lowest scorers in the division with just 15 strikes in 17 matches. It will need something special to collect three points here.
Atlanta have won six of their first ten home matches and they should win this tie. They’ve been priced at around 4/9 to collect three points and that price looks about right. Seattle are unbeaten in their last two matches, holding New England Revolution to a goalless draw and squeezing past the awful Colorado Rapids but this will be significantly tougher. They’ve suffered three defeats in seven which came against NY Red Bulls, Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake, all sides who are in excellent form at the moment and towards the top of their respective conferences. Only two of Atlanta’s home matches have finished with fewer than three goals this season so Atlanta to Win and Over 2.5 Goals gives us more value and is available at Evens with Ladbrokes. You can use their free £50 to bet on any MLS games this weekend.
There’s only one choice in this market. Step forward…Josef Martinez. The Venezualan striker has scored 18 times so far this campaign and recently notched his fifth hat-trick since joining the MLS. He is an efficient penalty-taker and although he’s short at 3/5 with Betfred to score anytime in this game, he is likely to get plenty of chances. He should be backed using Betfred‘s free £30 for all new customers.
For all of Seattle’s faults in the final third, they’ve been pretty dogged and determined at the back. Only FC Dallas have beaten them comprehensively this season and that came towards the start of the campaign. Five of their last six defeats have been a single-goal margin and they are likely to restrict Atlanta for as long as possible. Atlanta to Win by a 1 Goal Margin is available at 12/5 with Paddy Power. You can use their £20 Free Bet on this selection.
These two sides have only met twice before. Atlanta won 4-2 in the Carolina Challenge Cup in February 2017 before the pair played out a goalless draw during the regular season.
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