Atlanta United v Colorado Rapids
A lot of negative things have been said about Atlanta United this season. It’s fair to say that new head coach Frank De Boer hasn’t enjoyed a good start to life at the reigning MLS Champions. The first few rounds I thought they played terrible and looked an absolute shadow of their former selves. However, United looked to have found something during a couple of weeks off and played very well when they won 2-0 at New England. That was very much a controlled performance and on another night could have scored 5 or 6 goals easily. Unfortunately, they couldn’t build on that result and lost 1-2 at home to Dallas last weekend. Many people were saying that the New England result was a freak one off, but I actually think they are starting to make progress.
If we look underneath the surface of last week’s match the real truth is they actually deserved to win. Dallas effectively got away with a massive smash and grab raid. Atlanta created a lot of big chances but just couldn’t finish them, or ran into a goalkeeper in very good form. We must remember that Dallas are a very competent team and no mugs who can defend quite well. The challenge ahead of Atlanta this weekend is nowhere near as hard. Colorado look really poor at the moment and are perhaps the worst team in the whole of MLS. At least they are giving it a go and scoring some goals at the moment, but the defence is shockingly porous. The Rapids have conceded a whopping 23 goals in 8 games which is a huge amount.
I am of the opinion that Atlanta are due a big result soon. They are playing much better and this is the sort of game where I could see them finally ending of their frustrations by giving someone a good old fashioned tonking. They have all the offensive tools needed to put Colorado to the sword. Little things have been going against United recently and Frank De Boer is under some pressure. Colorado might probably nick a goal somewhere here as well to make things interesting. But over the course of the 90 minutes I think we will see Atlanta score at least 3 goals and maybe more. Therefore, I like the idea of backing them on a -1.5 Asian Handicap and also taking over 3.25 goals. This should be an open game full of chances and the extra class and quality of players like Josef Martinez, Ezequiel Barco & Pity Martinez should be enough for Atlanta to win with plenty to spare.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendations: Atlanta United -1.50 at 2.010
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 3.25 goals at 1.950
Sporting Kansas City v New England
A few weeks ago, Sporting Kansas City absolutely battered Montreal 7-1 here at home. It was a brilliant performance from Peter Vermes’ men. Since then, things have gone a bit pear shaped though. Sporting lost 2-10 on aggregate in the NACL to Mexican side Monterrey. SKC have yet to win in MLS since then either and a lot of things seem to be going against them right now. I’m not really sure how they conspired to only draw 2-2 at home to the Red Bulls in a match they totally dominated. The harsh 4-1 loss at San Jose last weekend didn’t paint a true reflection of that game either. SKC have been creating numerous chances, but haven’t always been converting them. The lack of an elite #9 type striker is something I have always banged on about regarding SKC and once again it has to be mentioned.
Travelling to Kansas City this week are the New England Revolution, who have produced a mixed bag of results this season so far. To be brutally honest they haven’t impressed me that much though and they have to be considered one of the weaker teams in MLS. They won at home to the New York Red Bulls last weekend in what was quite a tight match. They followed it up with a poor midweek home loss to Montreal Impact though (0-3), a match in which they failed to register a single shot on target!
SKC have endured some frustrations in recent weeks but this is a nice chance for them to rebound and get back to winning ways. Sporting are one of the top teams in the Western Conference and should have too much for New England here. I just don’t see how the Revs have the quality to match them and the only danger is if SKC start missing loads of opportunities again. The Revolution had to play a midweek fixture and haven’t looked that great recently. The logical result is that SKC win fairly comfortably, maybe something like 2-0 or 3-0. Therefore, I am strongly attracted to the -1 Asian Handicap on offer around the 1.85 mark. At very worst this would probably be a push and seems like quite a safe bet to take.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Sporting Kansas City -1.00 at 1.850
Preview by: @meatmansoccer.
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