Atlanta United v Orlando City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

July 25, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Saturday July 29 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta – MLS

In form Atlanta United face Orlando City for the second week running, in an oddity thrown up by the MLS fixture computer.

Past Meetings

The two sides faced each other just last weekend, in their first MLS competition. Atlanta continued their excellent recent form with a 1-0 away win at the Orlando City Stadium. Their win, thanks to a late goal from Hector Villalba , should give them a boost ahead of this game.

Team News

Atlanta United are without former Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones for this game, with the Trinidad and Tobago international still recovering from a knee injury.

Defender Mark Bloom and goal keeper Alec Kann are both rule out of the visit of Orlando City, with back and thigh injuries respectively.

One player that could be set for a return to action is forward Jacob Peterson, withe forward back in training after suffering from a calf injury.

Orlando also have injury problems ahead of their ‘rematch’ with Atlanta United, with three players already ruled out of Saturday’s game through injury.

Defender Rafael Ramos misses out with a hamstring strain, and is likely to be out for over a month with the problem.

Fellow defender Kevin Alston is also out with a hamstring injury, and Brazilian midfielder Victor Giro misses the game due to a chest injury.

Atlanta United  v Orlando City Preview and Predictions

Atlanta United are in excellent recent form, winning their last four games in  the MLS,  including that victory over Orlando  City. That run of results, alongside home advantage, should give them enough to do the double over Orlando City, with a home win priced at 4/7.

In three of those four games, Atlanta United have also kept a clean sheet, so them to shut Orlando CIty out again looks to be a good option. Orlando City not to score in this game is priced at 6/4.

Recommended Bets

Atlanta to win 2-0 at  15/2

Despite the absence of Jones in their attack, Atlanta United are riding the crest of a wave at the minute and that should see them safely to another three points.

Half time score to be 0-0 at 5/2

In their excellent recent run, Atlanta United have relied heavily on second half goals to secure valuable points. In three of those four victories they have only scored later the break, and Villalba’s goal against Orlando City last weekend came in the 86th minute of the game.

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