Atlanta United vs Vancouver Whitecaps Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Atlanta United vs Vancouver Whitecaps Match Prediction

By Bharath Ramm R

Atlanta United picked up their first MLS win of the season in style after beating DC United 3-1 at the Mercedes Benz stadium. It was a dominant attacking display from Atlanta, and Martino’s team scored the opening goal through Josef Martinez in the 24th minute. A late flurry of goals from Hugo Almiron and Hector Villalba produced a comfortable look to the score, but Atlanta’s clean sheet was taken away by Darren Mattocks’ late goal. Vancouver Whitecaps picked up a 2-1 win over Houston Dynamo to make it back-to-back wins. Kei Kamara’s penalty helped Vancouver take the lead after 28 minutes. Alberto Elis did come up with the equaliser with six minutes left to the break, but Brek Shea scoring just after the break turned out to be the decisive goal.

Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

Vancouver may have picked up back-to-back wins, but the team has not been on top of their opponents – especially in the away win over Houston. Atlanta, meanwhile, came in with a dominant performance against DC United and Gerardo Martino may have just found the sweet spot. Atlanta are coming up against Vancouver at home for the first time. The club will be aiming to avenge for the 3-1 defeat suffered at the BC Place stadium last season. I would back a win at half-time and full-time for Atlanta.

Josef Martinez looks impressive and came up with the opening goal against DC United. This helped the striker get the new campaign up and running. Despite facing several injury problems last season, Martinez came in with 19 goals in the regular season – only six fewer than Nemanja Nikolic. A great option would be to choose Martinez to score anytime.

Atlanta win at half-time and full-time –

Josef Martinez to score anytime – 4/6

 

Atlanta United saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Atlanta United have conceeded only 4 goals in their last 2 games against Vancouver Whitecaps

Vancouver Whitecaps saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Vancouver Whitecaps scored over 2.5 goals in 1 out of their last 2 games played against Atlanta United

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Atlanta United Form Guide

Atlanta United

Won

5

Draw

3

Lost

2
L H

21-06-2018

US Open Cup

Chicago Fire Team Logo Chicago Fire

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

24-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Portland Timbers Team Logo Portland Timbers

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

01-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Orlando City Team Logo Orlando City

FT 4 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

05-07-2018

Major League Soccer

FC Dallas Team Logo FC Dallas

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

08-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Philadelphia Union Team Logo Philadelphia Union

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

15-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Seattle Sounders FC Team Logo Seattle Sounders FC

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

21-07-2018

Major League Soccer

DC United Team Logo DC United

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

29-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Montreal Impact Team Logo Montreal Impact

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

04-08-2018

Major League Soccer

Toronto FC Team Logo Toronto FC

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

19-08-2018

Major League Soccer

Columbus Crew Team Logo Columbus Crew

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Vancouver Whitecaps Form Guide

Vancouver Whitecaps Team Logo

Vancouver Whitecaps

Won

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
L A

23-06-2018

Major League Soccer

Philadelphia Union Team Logo Philadelphia Union

FT 4 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

02-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Colorado Rapids Team Logo Colorado Rapids

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

08-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Chicago Fire Team Logo Chicago Fire

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

15-07-2018

Major League Soccer

DC United Team Logo DC United

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

19-07-2018

Canadian Championship

Montreal Impact Team Logo Montreal Impact

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

21-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Seattle Sounders FC Team Logo Seattle Sounders FC

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

29-07-2018

Major League Soccer

Minnesota United Team Logo Minnesota United

FT 4 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

05-08-2018

Major League Soccer

New York City FC Team Logo New York City FC

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

12-08-2018

Major League Soccer

Portland Timbers Team Logo Portland Timbers

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

D H

19-08-2018

Major League Soccer

New York Red Bulls Team Logo New York Red Bulls

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

Atlanta United Preview

Manager Gerardo Martino came in for criticism of his tactics in the opening day defeat against Houston. However, the strong performance against DC United brings positivity back to the club. Even though Atlanta produced a big win, it remains to be seen if they can transfer the results to the away matches, as it was one of the Achilles heels for the club last season. Atlanta still appear to rely heavily upon the trio of Martinez, Almiron, and Villalba for the goals, and it was not a surprise to see all three score in the win over DC United.

 

Atlanta United Team News

Ezequiel Barco (quad strain) and Jon Gallagher (ankle) are ruled out of the game, while Leonardo Gonzalez is doubtful with a hip injury.

 

Vancouver Whitecaps Preview

Vancouver have made a brilliant start to the campaign without having been spectacular in the first two matches. The away victory over Houston was not especially convincing, as Carl Robinson’s team let far too many gaps at the back. A clinical Houston team would have punished Vancouver on any other day. Robinson’s team are still far from perfect, but they can build on the strong start made to the campaign. A positive for Vancouver is new signing Kei Kamara scoring in both of his appearances.

 

Vancouver Whitecaps Team News

Brett Levis (thigh), Ali Ghazal (hamstring), and Doneil Henry (hamstring) are the players unavailable for Vancouver Whitecaps. Marcel De Jong is doubtful for the match with a rib injury.

 

Atlanta United Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Vancouver Whitecaps Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Atlanta United vs Vancouver Whitecaps Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Brad Guzan 193 94
2 CD Franco Escobar - -
3 CD Michael Parkhurst 182 72
5 CD Leandro Gonzalez Pirez 182 91
24 LM Julian Gressel - -
6 CM Darlington Nagbe 175 75
16 RM Chris McCann 185 75
18 CM Jeff Larentowicz 185 79
10 AM Miguel Almiron 174 70
15 CF Hector Villalba 172 67
7 CF Josef Martinez 170 70
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Stefan Marinovic 191 90
28 LB Jakob Nerwinski 184 -
4 CD Kendall Waston 196 87
22 CD Aaron Maund - -
18 RB Jose Aja 193 -
77 LM Jordon Mutch 175 65
6 CM Efrain Juarez 178 65
8 CM Felipe 171 67
67 RM Alphonso Davies 178 -
11 CF Nicolas Mezquida 171 -
9 CF Anthony Blondell 186 78