Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United have both played nineteen games in the league so far this season and, while both teams sit third in their respective Conferences, it’s Sunday’s hosts that have two more points on the board. Both teams have had players return to action following the conclusion of the Gold Cup and Copa America last week but not all are likely to be suitably rested and ready to start this weekend.
Seattle Sounders made the trip to Columbus Crew last weekend where they fell behind to a thirteenth-minute penalty from Santos. However, a much improved second-half performance from the visitors saw Lodeiro equalise shortly before the hour mark, via a penalty, and the Uruguayan then snatched all three points for Seattle Sounders deep into stoppage time.
Atlanta United and New York RB put on a six-goal thriller at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium last time out, where a goal from Meram put the hosts in front in the tenth minute. Royer equalised for the visitors before the break and a goal from White put New York RB in front but Martinez scored twice to seemingly win the game for Atlanta United, only for Wright-Phillips to equalise with virtually the last kick of the game.
The limited head to head record between these two clubs and the form and performances of both teams over the last few weeks suggests that we will see over 2.5 goals and both teams score in Sunday’s clash. Two of the four meetings between these two clubs have seen both teams score and over 2.5 goals and two of the last three encounters between the pair have ended in draws. Four of Seattle Sounders’ and five of Atlanta United’s last six matches have seen both teams score and over 2.5 goals. Both teams have only lost one of their last three matches in all competitions, which is why we’re backing Sunday’s game to end in a 2-2 draw.
Ruidíaz top scores for the hosts this season with six MLS goals and returns to the side after international duty, while Martinez leads the way once again for Atlanta United with twelve league goals to his name. We’re confident that both teams will score and over 2.5 goals will be produced in Sunday’s match, and have predicted a final scoreline of 2-2. Seattle Sounders aren’t in the best form right now but have won two of their last three matches, while Atlanta United have never lost against their hosts and will be confident of picking up at least a point this weekend.
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