MLS Betting Tips

Atlanta United vs Charlotte betting tips: Major League Soccer preview, predictions and odds

Atlanta United have lost just 15 of their 85 matches since moving into Mercedes-Benz Stadium in September 2017 in all competitions.

Atlanta United to win and over 2.5 goals is 7/5.

Atlanta United to win and both teams to score is 9/4.

Josef Martínez has scored against 24 of the 25 MLS clubs has faced in his career, Nashville the only exception. The Venezuelan is 11/4 to break the deadlock and 8/11 to score anytime.

Match preview

 Will Charlotte FC claim their first points, or just score their first goal, of the club's very short history?

CLTFC played their first-ever match a fortnight ago and, after having an opener disallowed by VAR, were eventually hammered 3-0 by D.C. United.

Then, last Saturday night, Queen City made their home-opener against LA Galaxy and posted record-breaking figures off the field.

74,479 crammed into Bank of America Stadium, breaking the MLS single-game attendance record set by Atlanta, also against the Galaxy, in August 2019.

However, the hosts mustered just one shot on target with Christian Fuchs coming closest to the goal the huge crowd all came to see.

In truth, LA Galaxy dominated the game and eventually scored the winner, in spectacular style, 12 minutes from the end.

Kristijan Kahlina, who was excellent on the night, had no chance of keeping that one out.

So, Miguel Ángel Ramírez's side are still pointless, but will that change as they make the relatively short 242 mile journey south-west to Georgia?

Atlanta United meanwhile are the gold standard when it comes to expansion clubs both posting huge attendances and enjoying instant success.

The Five Stripes debuted in 2017 but won MLS Cup the following season, adding the Campeones Cup and U.S. Open Cup trophies in 2019.

This season, under new manager Gonzalo Pineda, their start to the season has been mixed to say the least.

First, Luiz Araújo, Dom Dwyer and Caleb Wiley all scored as Atlanta beat Sporting Kansas City 3-1 at home.

But then, last weekend, they were a shambles, going down 3-0 at Colorado Rapids in Denver with key centre-back Miles Robinson sent off late on.

Given the close proximity of Charlotte to Atlanta, this could become a hotly-contested rivalry in years to come.

Who will win their first-ever clash at Mercedes-Benz Stadium?

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Ben Gray

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