MLS – Seattle Sounders v Atlanta United Preview (31/3/17)


Match preview

If you’d asked me a week ago, I’d have had this nailed on as a banker over 2.5 match and potentially one of the best games of the season so far. However, it comes at a bad time for both outfits. Each team will be affected by the international break, some more than others. Key Atlanta striker Josef Martinez is out of action for up to six weeks with an injury picked up, and it looks like playmaker Miguel Almiron will sit this one out too. Seattle have the likes of Dempsey, Lodeiro, Jones, plus a few others who have been travelling or been in action a lot. There’s a chance this will be a flat match and both teams off colour, however the natural instinct for both outfits is too attack. I think Seattle will win, but in this instance there’s enough doubts surrounding both teams for me to be conservative and no bet.

Prediction: 2-1

Recommended bet: None

Player importance explanation: K =Key, X =Regular XI starter, B = Bench player