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Atlanta to Narrowly Edge the Defending Champions Following Heinze’s Dismissal

Atlanta United vs Columbus Crew Preview 24/07/2021

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Atlanta to Narrowly Edge the Defending Champions Following Heinze’s Dismissal

This Saturday night sees the MLS action continue as Atlanta United take on the MLS Cup champions Columbus Crew at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in what is a battle of 10th versus sixth in the Eastern Conference.

The hosts in Georgia will be managed by interim manager, Rob Valentino, after the former Real Madrid defender Gabriel Heinze was sacked by the club after only two wins in their opening 14 matches - this is the worst start Atlanta have ever made.

At the same time, it has all but wiped out their chances of topping the Eastern division, but a playoff shout could still be on the cards, post-Heinze.

Atlanta haven’t won since they beat CF Montreal 1-0 back in May, when Marcelino Moreno scored in the 94th minute in stunning fashion.

Since this win, the Georgia outfit have gone nine matches without a victory and following their disappointing 1-1 draw with Cincinnati last time out, the club now sit 16 points off the top of the table and a worrying six off the playoff spots.

However, it hasn’t exactly been plain sailing for defending MLS Cup champions either. The Crew have won just one of their last six games, which has forced them to drop out of the top spots and into sixth, but this still bodes well for their playoff hopes.

This win from the past six games came in a narrow 2-1 victory against New York City as they opened up their new home stadium, the Lower.com Field.

The new ground hasn’t brought in any new luck, however, and if the Crew are to defend their MLS Cup trophy in the playoffs, they will need to start picking up the points against the teams lower down once again.

In the last meeting between Atlanta and the Crew, the current MLS Cup holders edged the 2018 champions with a 2-1 win, where Lucas Zelarayan and Gyasi Zardes both bagged.

Based on form now, however, this one is as close as could be, with both sides recently putting their playoff chances in doubt with some torrid displays.

Although, with Atlanta hosting and the addition of a new manager, this could bring out something in the home side’s players, and they could get the job done here.

The defending champions, on the other hand, must win themselves and despite just three defeats - the second least inside the Eastern playoffs - with just 15 goals from 14 games, it’s tough to back them away from home.

Home team
Away team
Probability %
1X2
Forebet
Correct score
Avg. goals
Weather conditions
Odds
Score
Live
odds
Us1
333631
X
1 - 1
2.63
30°
3.50
2.07 3.50 3.40 -1 1 1
FT
0 - 1(0 - 0)
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- - -
Major League Soccer Eastern Conference
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
New England Revolution 56 26 17 5 4 48 30 18
2
Nashville SC 41 24 10 11 3 39 23 16
3
New York City FC 38 24 11 5 8 43 28 15
4
Orlando City SC 38 25 10 8 7 36 36 0
5
Montreal Impact 37 25 10 7 8 36 30 6
6
Atlanta United 36 25 9 9 7 35 30 5
7
Philadelphia Union 35 24 9 8 7 31 25 6
8
DC United 34 25 10 4 11 41 36 5
9
Inter Miami CF 32 24 9 5 10 24 35 -11
10
Columbus Crew 31 26 8 7 11 30 35 -5
11
New York Red Bulls 26 23 7 5 11 29 28 1
12
Chicago Fire 23 25 6 5 14 24 40 -16
13
FC Cincinnati 20 24 4 8 12 24 44 -20
14
Toronto FC 18 25 4 6 15 28 51 -23
Major League Soccer Western Conference
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Sporting Kansas City 46 25 13 7 5 43 26 17
2
Seattle Sounders 45 24 13 6 5 36 20 16
3
Colorado Rapids 44 24 12 8 4 35 24 11
4
Los Angeles Galaxy 38 25 11 5 9 37 40 -3
5
Portland Timbers 37 25 11 4 10 36 42 -6
6
Real Salt Lake 36 25 10 6 9 41 35 6
7
Minnesota United 34 24 9 7 8 27 29 -2
8
Los Angeles FC 33 25 9 6 10 38 36 2
9
Vancouver Whitecaps 30 24 7 9 8 30 34 -4
10
San Jose Earthquakes 30 25 7 9 9 32 38 -6
11
FC Dallas 27 26 6 9 11 38 43 -5
12
Houston Dynamo 26 26 5 11 10 31 39 -8
13
Austin FC 19 25 5 4 16 25 40 -15

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