Competition: US Open Cup
Market: Atlanta United win and over 2.5 goals
Odds: 5/6 @ Bet 365
Handed a real chance to secure a semi-final spot in this year’s US Open Cup, Atlanta United will host a struggling Saint Louis at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the early hours of Thursday.
Starting with the hosts, after suffering more late heartbreak and having to settle for a 3-3 draw against New York Red Bulls last week, there is no doubt that former Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer will be calling for an immediate response from his side. With the defending MLS champions missing out on the chance to climb to the top of the Eastern Conference and now sat six points adrift of Philadelphia, the Five Stripers have now picked up just one victory in their last four appearances. Despite struggling with their form of late, Thursday’s hosts will be boosted by their continued success at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. De Boer’s men have won seven of their last eight matches in Georgia and have not tasted defeat on home soil since the middle of April.
As for the visitors, putting in another worrying display in their 2-2 draw against fellow strugglers Loudoun United last weekend, Saint Louis are enduring their own worrying form in America’s second tier. Now on a run of form that has seen them pick up just one win in their last five outings, a huge part of their continued issues has been their form outside of Missouri. Thursday’s guests have lost their last three matches on the road and have not recorded an away win in 90 minutes since the 7th of Apri. Given the gulf in class between the two squads, we’re backing the defending MLS champions to come away with a comfortable path to the semi-finals.
Bet: Atlanta United 5/6 to beat Saint Louis in Thursday’s US Open Cup tie @ Bet 365
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