Seattle Sounders host Atlanta United this weekend as both sides sit third in their respective conferences and look to put pressure on those above them. The Sounders are experiencing a bad patch of form as they have lost four of their last six MLS games, however, they did win 2-1 in Columbus last time out which may spark a change in their fortunes.
Atlanta are in the midst of a mixed bag of form as they have lost two, won two and draw once across their last five games. They are having issues defensively at the moment as they have conceded 12 goals in their last four and eight goals in their last two which is extremely poor for a side who are supposed to be defending their title.
The last meeting between these two sides ended as a 1-1 draw at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium last year. Nicolas Lodeiro gave the Sounders the lead from the penalty spot before Josef Martinez cancelled it out in the second half.
The only noted absentee for the home side is Will Bruin who has been ruled out for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL. Atlanta, on the other hand, have a fair few ruled out including George Bello, Hector Villalba and Ezequiel Barco who are all injured. Florentin Pogba also has an injury issue and he is side-lined with a hamstring problem.
Jeff Larentowicz will play no part in Seattle as he is going to serve a suspension after picking up a red card in Atlanta’s last match against the New York Red Bulls. He was actually handed the red after the final whistle, the fiery affair ended with Larentowicz shoving the Red Bulls’ Rzatkowski and now he will have to pay the price.
Seattle Sounders are extremely strong at home and CenturyLink Field can only be described as a fortress. The Rave Green have only lost once on home turf in their last 19 games and they are currently 13 unbeaten. Atlanta United have lost seven of their last 10 games on the road, including their last four in a row, so Seattle Draw no Bet looks like a good punt at 1.50.
I also like the look of Seattle to score 2+ goals because of Atlanta’s recent defensive woes. The Five Stripes have conceded eight goals in their last two away trips, so Seattle should be able to take advantage of this and bag a couple for themselves.
Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score looks like a good shout at Evens, again, because of Atlanta’s problems defensively and the fact that bet has been successful in their last four games with the last being a 3-3 classic against rivals New York Red Bulls. This bet has also been a winner in four of Seattle’s last six games so I would certainly consider taking it at Evens as there should be goals on Sunday evening.