Atlanta United host DC United on Sunday night at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in what should be an entertaining and competitive clash. Atlanta head into the game after thumping Houston Dynamo 5-0 during the week which was a very important result for the Five Stripes. Darlington Nagbe and Brandon Vazquez gave them a 2-0 lead at half-time before a double from Josef Martinez and a late goal from Julian Gressel put the icing on the cake. The emphatic win was much-needed after a poor run of just one win in five.
DC United are in good form as they have only suffered one defeat in their eight. Last time out, they travelled to FC Cincinnati who are struggling to adapt to life as a Major League Soccer franchise. DC secured a 4-1 win away from home thanks to a double from Lucas Rodriguez and goals from Wayne Rooney and Paul Arriola.
Atlanta United and DC United have met on seven previous occasions and it is the club from the capital who have dominated the head-to-head, winning five of them. DC also won the last meeting back in March, a 2-0 win at Audi Field.
Atlanta United have several players missing as George Bello, Florentin Pogba, Hector Villalba, Brek Shea, Kevin Kratz and Ezequiel Barco will all miss the match against DC United. Mikey Ambrose is also a doubt after suffering from spasms in his left thigh. DC’s only injury concerns are with Oniel Fisher and Chris Odoi-Atsem who is a doubt with a hip problem.
Both teams to score at 1.61 is a selection I really like the look of because of how talented both sides are going forward. With one side having Josef Martinez and the other having Wayne Rooney, it would be hard to bet against both sides finding the net. Atlanta United have scored in their last 25 home games in succession, so really, it would just need DC to make a game of it and they will.
Wayne Rooney has been influential and prolific so far in 2019, the Englishman has racked up 10 goals and five assists across 20 appearances so far this season. He is priced as 2.37 to find the net against Atlanta United, a team he has already had success against since his move to MLS. He assisted Paul Arriola’s goal in their last meeting and scored himself and bagged another assist in the meeting before that. I fancy him to play another important role on Sunday night.
Atlanta United are unbelievably strong at home. Frank de Boer’s side have won seven of their last eight on home turf and they have only lost once in their last 24 at the Benz. Atlanta look good at 1.57 for the win, even though they are taking on a strong side in DC United. The Five Stripes have won their last two games against DC at home, both by a 3-1 scoreline. Another stat pointing towards a bet on both teams to score.