Major League Soccer: Atlanta United vs New York City FC
Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Sunday, April 15 2018 – 18:00 ET (23:00 BST)
UK TV Coverage: Live on Sky Sports Football
Atlanta United vs NYCFC: Preview
The Five Stripes are arguably the most dangerous team in Major League Soccer right now. Yes, they’re four points off Supporters’ Shield leaders NYCFC. But they have won four in a row, scoring 13 and conceding just two.
Another session down. Another day closer to a W. pic.twitter.com/F1N7MleotF
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) April 11, 2018
Tata Martino’s side have put that opening day drubbing at Houston behind them and now look like they can beat anyone. Their 5-0 thrashing of LAFC last week further highlighted how dangerous they are, especially on the break. They scored four of the five goals in the final 23 minutes last week. NYCFC know they mustn’t commit too many bodies forward, at risk of being countered.
If Atlanta aren’t the hottest team in MLS, then it’s surely NYCFC. The visitors are unbeaten and have picked up 16 points from a possible 18 to start the season. They put in what was probably their best display when they beat Real Salt Lake 4-0 on Wednesday night, so they’ll arrive at Atlanta in high spirits.
P6 W5 L0… #ForTheCity
🎥 MATCH HIGHLIGHTS ⬇ pic.twitter.com/cG9qJHFoo8
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) April 12, 2018
Patrick Vieira’s men will welcome the stiff test Atlanta are sure to offer. But they boast a dangerous attack of their own, having scored twice in each of their three road games so far this season.
This will be the third meeting between the two sides. Both previous games ended 3-1 to the home side, and goals are expected again here.
Atlanta United vs NYCFC: Team News
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: None.
🚑 Out: Ezequiel Barco (quad strain), Franco Escobar (head injury), Jose Hernandez (quad strain), Mitch Hildebrandt (knee sprain), Greg Garza (right shoulder).
New York City FC
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: David Villa (lower body), Alex Ring (knee).
🚑 Out: Kwame Awuah (knee).
Atlanta United vs NYCFC: Key Stats
Atlanta United’s MLS form: N/A
New York City FC’s MLS form: N/A
Key stat: New York City FC have scored at least two goals in each of their past seven MLS games.
Atlanta United vs NYCFC: Prediction
Atlanta United 2-2 New York City FC: Goals are expected again at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as is always the case. NYCFC have yet to lose and will be desperate to avoid ending that streak here. They will likely set up to frustrate the hosts and break on the counter. This one should be intriguing but ultimately, it could end all square.