Market: Both teams to score
Odds: 4/7 @ Bet 365
In what has been labeled the glamour tie of this weekend’s MLS fixtures, defending champions Atlanta United will make the trip to Western leaders LAFC in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Starting with the hosts, after suffering a 3-2 loss away at LA Galaxy last weekend, there is no doubt that Bob Bradley will be demanding an immediate response from his men on Saturday. While the former USA Head Coach still sees his side holding a commanding nine-point buffer at the top of the West, LAFC have lost two of their last three contests, a run that also saw their US Open Cup ambitions come to an end against Portland earlier in the month. Despite some minor defensive issues, Los Angeles have continued to shine in the final third and one man to watch on Saturday will be the red-hot Carlos Vela. While Zlatan Ibrahimović’s hat-trick may have overshadowed the 30-year-olds performance last weekend, Vela once again bagged a brace and now has five MLS goals in his last three appearances.
As for the visitors, putting in another very eye-catching display in their 2-0 win over fellow Eastern title contenders DC United last time out, former Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer has finally begun to settle to life in America. Picking up back-to-back wins and bagging seven goals on that winning run, the defending MLS champions have also lost just one of their last five and will know that another victory on Saturday could see them leapfrog Philadelphia to top spot. With just the last two matchups between the two sides producing nine goals, including a 2-2 thriller when the two sides met back in February, we’re backing another lively encounter this weekend.
Bet: Both teams to score at Los Angeles FC vs Atlanta United 4/7 for Saturday’s MLS matchup @ Bet 365
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