New York City FC vs Atlanta United
United States of America – Major League Soccer (Playoffs)
Date: Sunday, 4th November 2018
Kick-off at 00.30 UK/ 01.30 CET
Venue: Yankee Stadium, New York.
It is the most exciting time of the year for US football fans, or to be culturally correct, US Soccer fans. The MLS Playoffs are underway and in the first leg, New York City hosts Atlanta United.
Atlanta United lost the chance to top the Eastern Conference by a whisker. Atlanta United had secured 69 points from their 34 matches, winning 21 of them. The remaining 13 matches were six draws and seven losses.
As far as goal scoring is concerned, Atlanta has been the best team in the whole of MLS. They have scored 70 goals in their 34 matches. The next best in the Eastern Conference is 62 goals by, conference toppers NY Red Bulls. Atlanta conceded 44 goals this season.
New York City secured the third spot with 56 points from their 34 matches. They won 16 of their matches and lost 10 while drawing eight. They scored 59 goals while conceding 45.
New York City will be high in spirits after defeating, at home, Philadelphia Union in the Quarter Finals of the playoffs. It was a total victory with a scoreline of 3-1.
Atlanta United, on the other hand, lost their last game, on the road, to Toronto, conceding four goals in the process. The final scoreline read 4-1.
New York City FC vs Atlanta United Head-to-head (h2h)
- There has never been an away win when these two teams met. The results have always been home win or draw.
- New York City has won their last two matches.
- Atlanta has lost two of their last four matches.
- New York City is currently on an unbeaten streak of four matches at home and has lost just once in their last 22 home matches.
- Atlanta has lost thrice in their last five trips away from home.
New York City FC vs Atlanta United Prediction
Whenever these teams have contested, the home team has always been the favorites. There has never been an away win. And as the playoffs are at their most intense level, it is highly unlikely that New York City would let go of this chance to perform well in their home for the first leg and gain the psychological victory even before the second leg.
New York has been on fine form lately. Especially at home, they have been virtually invincible. To be precise they have lost just once in their last 22 matches at home. Whereas Atlanta has been struggling for the last month. On the road too their record is lacking in the last few weeks.
Their last five away games saw three losses. This being a high-pressure playoff match, Atlanta is expected to suffer for long spells in the match.
As two of the best teams look to progress to the finals, it is imperative that there will be a lot of goals, especially when the teams involved are Atlanta and New York City.
New York City FC vs Atlanta United Betting Tips
New York City to win @ 2.05 (12/11)
Over 2.5 match goals @ 1.60 (3/5).