Competition: Major League Soccer – Atlanta United vs. DC United
Venue: Bobby Dodd Stadium – Sunday, April 30 – 15:00 ET (20:00 BST)
Match Odds: Atlanta 8/13 – 14/5 – DC United 4/1
Atlanta United take on DC United on Sunday, with the hosts returning to Bobby Dodd Stadium after four-straight road games in MLS against a DC side that has yet to win away this term.
Atlanta have taken many by surprise by just how well they’ve taken to Major League Soccer in their inaugural season. They picked up three important points at RSL last weekend and will be pleased with their return of five points from their four consecutive road games over the past month or so.
Tata Martino knows his side need to make Bobby Dodd Stadium as much of a fortress as possible before the move to Mercedes-Benz Stadium later this year and will fully expect his side to get past DC on Sunday afternoon.
The Black-and-Red have only picked up eight points through their opening seven games this season, picking up their first road point of the year in last week’s 2-2 draw at New England.
Sunday’s game will be the third-straight away game for Ben Olsen’s men. They will be looking to leave Atlanta with at least a point before returning home for three consecutive home games, all against Eastern rivals.
The major worry for DC this weekend is that defensively, they’ve been poor away from home, conceding eight goals in three trips so far. Atlanta put four past Chicago in their last home game and will be looking to continue their strong goalscoring form here.
Atlanta United remain without Josef Martinez but the striker isn’t expected to be out of action for too much longer. Zach Loyd and Jacob Peterson are also ruled out of Sunday’s game with groin and calf injuries, respectively.
DC United are expected to welcome back Patrick Mullins on Sunday night but will be without Steve Birnbaum (concussion), Patrick Nyarko (hamstring), Nick DeLeon (groin) and Rob Vincent (knee), while Sebastien Le Toux (elbow) is a doubt.
Atlanta United’s form: W/D/D/L/W
DC United’s form: L/W/W/L/D
Key Stat: DC United have conceded two or more goals in seven of their last eight away games in MLS and have shipped eight in three so far this season.
Key Player: Miguel Almiron – The Atlanta playmaker has proven to be one of the league’s best playmakers during his start to life in MLS. He has picked up four assists and added two goals in his first seven games this season and will look to cause the DC defence all kinds of problems here.
Atlanta United 3-0 DC United – Atlanta will be relishing the chance to play in front of their own fans once again and should prove way too strong for a DC side that has yet to really get going. Injuries aren’t helping Ben Olsen as he tries to climb the East but with Atlanta’s attack looking impossible to contain, Sunday’s game only looks like going one way.