Match Preview for Minnesota United vs Atlanta United
- Tournament: Major League Soccer 2017
- Kick-off (USA): 5 pm Eastern Time, Sunday, 12th March
- Kick-Off (UK): 9 pm, Sunday, 12th March
- Venue: TCF Bank Stadium – Minneapolis
The two new franchises of the MLS look to win their first point when they meet on Sunday evening.
Both Minnesota and Atalanta saw similar patterns in their defeats to established MLS teams on the opening day of the 2017 season.
Minnesota were thrashed 5-1 at Portland Timbers, conceding three late goals in the last 8 minutes.
Atalanta looked in control for larger periods in the 2-1 home loss to New York Red Bulls. They were leading 1-0 until two late goals sealed their fate.
Minnesota United: Team News
Adrian Heath has no major injury concerns and the only players missing is Bernardo Anor due to a hamstring injury.
The head-coach also confirmed that the new Swiss signing Jerome Thiesson is available for selection and could start in the right-back position.
Minnesota United: Expected Starting Eleven (4-1-4-1)
Alvbage – Thiesson, Demidov, Calvo, Davis – Warner – Molino, Saeid, Schuller, Kadrii – Venegas.
Atlanta United: Team News
Zach Lloyd is out with a groin injury, while Carlos Carmona is suspended after picking a late red card in the 2-1 defeat against the Red Bulls.
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has unless otherwise a fully fit squad at his disposal.
Atlanta United: Expected Starting Eleven (4-2-3-1)
Kann – Mears, Parkhurst, Gonzalez Pirez, Garza – Larentowicz, Gressel – Villalba, Almiron, Asad – Martinez.
Minnesota United vs Atlanta United: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever meeting between these two MLS franchises.
Minnesota United vs Atlanta United: Prediction
It is clearly evident that Minnesota looked worse off the two sides in their opening day defeats. Moreover, their playing squad is not on the same level as Atalanta United and therefore we must expect the visitors to dominate the proceedings here.
However, both teams have plenty of issues in their defense. So, backing both teams to score seem to be the better option for this match. I also lay my faith on the full time correct score prediction of a 1-2 away win to Tata Martino’s side.
Minnesota United vs Atlanta United: Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score at 1.80 with Bet365
Correct FT Score: 1-2 Atalanta at the odds of 11.00 with Unibet.