Major League Soccer: Atlanta United vs Orlando City
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Saturday, September 16 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)
Match Odds: Atlanta 1/2 – Draw 16/5 – Orlando 5/1
Atlanta United vs Orlando City: Preview
Atlanta United welcome Orlando City to Mercedes-Benz Stadium after their record-breaking mid-week win. The home side equalled the highest ever winning margin in Major League Soccer last time out.
That 7-0 thrashing of New England made it ten goals in just two games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Atlanta. That is as many goals as Orlando have managed in their last 12 games.
There will be even more of a buzz around the ground considering the records that were broken. Josef Martinez’s hat-trick was Atlanta’s third of the season, the most in an inaugural season by an expansion team.
Atlanta have started in fine form at @MBStadium 🔥🔥
Clean sheets: ✅✅ pic.twitter.com/CLGehwzrh4
— MLSGB (@MLSGB_) September 14, 2017
Orlando City have been in a rut of form. However, they did pick up three points last time out. That was their first win in nine games.
The Lions’ faithful have reason to be concerned. They haven’t seen their side make progression this season and are up against an Atlanta side who are just two points away from equally their best tally of 44 points in their two MLS campaigns.
This looks a huge ask for Orlando. If they lose here and results go against them, they could find themselves second bottom in the East.
Atlanta United vs Orlando City: Team News
The home side have a clean bill of health ahead of their third home game in a row. Gerardo Martino will be expected to stick with the same starting XI he did last time out, for obvious reasons.
Orlando City have four injury concerns for the trip. Richie Laryea and Josh Saunders are out. Jonathan Spector’s fitness is being assessed, while Cristian Higuita is a doubt.
Atlanta United vs Orlando City: Key Points
Atlanta United’s last five: D/L/D/W/W
Orlando’s last five: L/D/L/L/W
Key Stat: Atlanta United have scored ten goals in their opening two games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Key Player: Josef Martinez – The Atlanta forward netted a first-half hat-trick in that emphatic 7-0 win, taking his tally in the new stadium to four in two.
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) September 13, 2017
Atlanta United vs Orlando City: Prediction
Atlanta United 3-0 Orlando City – Another big win for Atlanta looks like it could be on the cards here. They are the second highest scorers in MLS, while Orlando’s struggles over the last two months have been there for all to see.