Atlanta United vs DC United 9/18/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

Two teams coming off clean-sheet wins at home mid-week will now lock horns on Saturday, when Atlanta United will play host to DC United. Both teams have improved a lot over the past weeks and they are both sitting inside the playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. However, the margins are small and there is little to no room for error for both teams.

Atlanta United (8 wins, 7 losses, 9 draws) were really good in both halves of their home match against Cincinnati mid-week. They scored two goals in each half, while Josef Martinez scored twice in that match for the final 4-0 win. Prior to that they beat Orlando by 3-0 at home, and they have now won 6 of their last 7 matches, while also keeping 4 clean sheets. Atlanta United are now sitting at the 7th spot of the Eastern Conference with 33 points, just 1 point above Inter Miami and Philadelphia Union. They have been quite solid at home so far (6 wins, 3 losses, 3 draws), scoring 17 goals and conceding 9 in the process. They have won 4 of their last 5 matches at home (4 wins, 1 loss), while keeping clean sheets in all 4 wins.

DC United (10 wins, 10 losses, 4 draws) are coming off a 3-0 home win over Chicago mid-week. They took the lead at the 9th minute when Ola Kamara scored a penalty kick, while the same player scored another penalty kick at the 35th minute. Kamara completed a first-half hat-trick at the 44th minute, for the final 3-0 win. DC United are now unbeaten in their last 3 (2 wins, 1 draw), but prior to that they had 3 consecutive losses. They are sitting at the 5th spot of the Eastern Conference with 34 points, as many as Montreal below them, while both teams are 1 point behind New York City and 2 points ahead of Inter Miami and Philadelphia. DC United have not been very strong on the road so far (2 wins, 7 losses, 4 draws), scoring 18 and conceding 25 goals. Moreover, they have won just 1 of their last 9 away matches.

Atlanta United vs DC United. Atlanta United beat DC United by 2-1 on the road in late August, and they have now won each of the last 4 matches against them. They slightly have the upper hand as hosts against them over the years (3-2-0), and with Josef Martinez back in action, I would expect them to win this one.

Atlanta United vs DC United 9/18/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

MLS Starting Time: 15:30PM EDT

Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Date: Saturday, September 18th

MLS Odds: Atlanta United -0.5

MLS Totals: 2.75

Free MLS Pick: Atlanta United -0.5

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