Atlanta United vs FC Cincinnati MLS Betting Prediction

MLS Atlanta United vs FC Cincinnati Prediction 5/15/2024

Atlanta United (3-5-3) travel to face off against FC Cincinnati (7-2-3) on Wednesday, May 15th. This match will be played at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. FC Cincinnati is coming off a win in their previous match, while Atlanta United will be looking to get back on track from a loss to the FC Cincinnati. The match is scheduled for 7:30 PM ET.

Atlanta United vs FC Cincinnati

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Atlanta United Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Atlanta United will be looking to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to D.C. United SC. This match took place on their home pitch, and they were the favorite to win at a money line of -157. The five combined goals surpassed the over/under line of 3.5 goals.

On offense, Atlanta took a total of 15 shots, with three being on target. They needed a penalty kick score to get to their first goal, and they also benefited from an own goal by D.C. United. Thiago Almada was the only offensive player to take multiple shots.

Defensively, Atlanta allowed a total of 15 shots and three goals. Brad Guzan finished with three saves on D.C. United’s six shots on target. The club’s defenders had a total of three interceptions and blocked eight shots.

Through 11 matches, Atlanta United has a record of 3-5-3, which has them in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. They have lost two straight matches and are 0-2-2 on the road. Overall, they are 3-3-1 at home. Over their last six matches, they are winless, going 0-3-3. Following this match, they will be on the road again, taking on Nashville SC on May 18th. In the Eastern Conference standings, they are tied with Orlando City SC with 12 points, one point ahead of Nashville SC.

FC Cincinnati Is Coming Off A Win

FC Cincinnati will be looking to build off their 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew. This win came on the road and despite the over/under line being set at 2.5 goals, the three combined goals just barely exceeded this figure. Heading into the match, the money line payout for a Cincinnati win was +350.

The offensive attack for Cincinnati was efficient, scoring twice on their five shots on goal. Overall, they took eight shots and had four corner kicks. Luciano Acosta and Kevin Kelsy were the two players to score, with Acosta also finishing with a team-high two points.

On the defensive end, Cincinnati’s back line had a busy day, as the Crew took a total of 15 shots. Roman Celentano made three saves on the four shots on goal he faced. The club’s defenders blocked one shot and intercepted a total of 12 passes.

Through 12 matches, FC Cincinnati has a record of 7-2-3, which has them sitting in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. They have been on a roll as of late, winning four straight matches. Overall, they have been strong on the road, going 5-1-1, while at home, they are 2-1-2. In matches where they have been favored, they have gone 2-2-2, while as an underdog, they are 5-0-1. Their next match will be on May 18th, as they will be at home, taking on St. Louis City SC.

Atlanta United Offense Breakdown

Giorgos Giakoumakis is the top scorer for Atlanta United this season, as his five goals are 12th in MLS. Thiago Almada is second on the club with three goals and is 18th in the league in shots on goal. Atlanta is 15th in the league in goals scored this season, averaging 1.4 per match. They have scored less than that in four straight matches. They are also seventh in shots on goal and have taken fewer shots on goal than their average in four straight matches. Their passing percentage of 84.3 is sixth in the league.

FC Cincinnati Offense Breakdown

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Luciano Acosta has been the top scorer for FC Cincinnati this season, finding the back of the net six times, which is also good for 10th in MLS. He has also been the club’s top threat on goal, with 12 shots on target, which is 28th in the league. As a team, Cincinnati is 20th in MLS with 1.2 goals per match, and they are 5th in shots on goal. Their passing percentage of 83.2 is 11th in the league, and they have had fewer corners than their opponents in half of their matches this season.

Atlanta United Defense Breakdown

Heading into their match against FC Cincinnati, Atlanta United’s defense is giving up 1.3 goals per match, which is 11th in the league. Over their last five matches, they have given up an average of 1.8 goals per match. They have three clean sheets on the season, and their keeper, Brad Guzan, is 7th in the league in that category. Guzan is 16th in saves this season. Atlanta’s defense is 5th in blocked shots, but they are 26th in interceptions. They are also the second-fewest fouling team in the league.

FC Cincinnati Defense Breakdown

FC Cincinnati’s defense has been one of the best in MLS this season, allowing just 0.8 goals per match, which is tops in the league. However, they have given up at least one goal in three of their last five matches, including a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew on May 11th. They will be facing an Atlanta United offense that is 15th in scoring. Keeper Roman Celentano is 4th in MLS with four clean sheets, and he is 26th in saves with 23.

Atlanta United vs FC Cincinnati Prediction

Given the way these two teams have performed on the defensive end this season, we have this one ending in a 1-1 draw between Atlanta United and FC Cincinnati. Coming into the match, FC Cincinnati is the top defense in the MLS, allowing the fewest goals per match. Our projections have both teams getting three shots on goal, with Giorgos Giakoumakis (Atlanta United) and Sergio Santos (FC Cincinnati) being the top projected goal scorers for their respective teams.

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