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D.C. United v Atlanta United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

June 19, 2017

- Grant Whittington

 

Thursday 22 June – RFK Stadium – Major League Soccer

The Eastern Conference’s bottom side D.C. United welcome seventh placed Atlanta United to the RFK Stadium in the early hours of Thursday morning. The hosts need to start winning if they want to reach the MLS Cup Playoffs, while the visitors are well-placed to mount a challenge for the top six in their first season.

Past Meetings

With Atlanta newcomers to MLS, the two teams have only played each other once before. Despite going a goal down to an early strike from former Premier League star Kenwyne Jones, D.C. recovered to win 3-1 back in April.

Team News

D.C. United have a number of injuries to contend with going into this one. Rob Vincent, Nick DeLeon, Sean Franklin and Patrick Mullins all miss out. Lamar Neagle scored the only goal of the game in United’s last MLS victory at Vancouver, and is expected to start in attack.

Trinidad and Tobago striker Jones could miss the trip to the US capital after getting injured on international duty. With six goals in his last six games, Atlanta will look to top scorer Miguel Almiron for their attacking threat. Brad Guzan could make his debut for the visitors, after returning to the States from Premier League side Middlesbrough.

D.C. United v Atlanta United Preview and Predictions

Both D.C. United and Atlanta have games in hand over some of the teams above them. This makes this one a big game, especially perhaps for the hosts. With just two wins from their last eight matches, Ben Olsen’s side need a confidence boost. Victory over highflying MLS debutants Atlanta would be a great place to start.

A win for D.C. could catapult them up the standings in the Eastern Conference, while defeat would see them cut further adrift of the playoff places. After topping the regular standings as recently as the 2014 season, there’s pressure for results to start improving. This contributes to the Washington outfit starting as favourites in the betting at 6/5.

They must overcome former Barcelona boss Tata Martino to claim the three points though. The Argentinian has done well to guide Atlanta into contention for the postseason, and is looking for another big win. With some big teams above them, this is a great opportunity against an out of form D.C. The visitors go into the game at 5/2, while the draw’s available at 11/4.

Recommended Bets

Atlanta to win 3-1 at 20/1

Back Martino’s men to exact revenge on their loss earlier in the season by matching the 3-1 result.

D.C. United to win from behind at 36/5

Or go for this bet if you think D.C. have what it takes to come back from the setback of conceding the first goal against Atlanta once again.

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