Atlanta United FC vs. CF Montreal Prediction, Preview and Odds - 5/15/21
Atlanta United FC vs. CF Montreal
The Round 6 of the new MLS season is ahead this weekend, and we have a tight clash between the Eastern Conference rivals Atlanta United FC and CF Montreal. The game starts at 7 PM EST at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Atlanta hopes of moving up the table
Atlanta United is entering this match following a 1-1 draw against Inter Miami last weekend. In that match, The Five Stripes managed 62% possession and 14 attempts at goal with five of them on target. Josef Martinez made a return to the Atlanta starting line-up with the bang after scoring the opening goal, while Lewis Morgan scored for Inter Miami late in the game. It was Atlanta's second goal in MLS play since scoring three in its home opener on April 24 against Chicago. They have collected five points this season.
Starman Ezequiel Barco continues to deal with his injury and will miss out once more here. Mo Adams (Pubalgia), Jurgen Damm(Leg Injury), and Alec Kann (Shoulder Injury) are also unavailable for Atlanta United manager Gabriel Heinze.
Montreal looks to remain on the top
CF Montreal is doing better than expected under the former assistant manager Wilfried Nancy, as they come into this game as the toppers of the Eastern Conference table with 8 points. Bjorn Johnsen's first two goals of his MLS career lifted Montreal to a 2-0 victory over host Inter Miami on Wednesday night. In that game, they managed 48% possession and 11 attempts at goal with four on target. Johnsen, a 29-year-old Norwegian international who was born in New York City and raised in North Carolina, ended a scoring drought for the Impact, who had been shut out in their previous two encounters.
CF Montreal has been able to seamlessly transition from Thierry Henry to Wilfried Nancy, who will have to choose a team with limited availability for this matchup. Ballou Tabla, Luis Binks, Mason Toye, and Zachary Brault-Guillard are missing due to injury.
Side: Draw (+320)
A review of head-to-head clashes between these two sides shows us that Atlanta United has won four of them, while Montreal has one victory, with one drawn result. Atlanta had a week to prepare for this clash, while Montreal was involved in a midweek match against Inter Miami. The additional rest and preparation time is likely to have an impact, while Montreal has been the team to beat in this early part of the campaign. And besides that, two pretty evenly matched sides come up against each other here, so a draw seems to be the most likely outcome.
Total: Over (-167)
Atlanta United and CF Montreal are two squads with plenty of offensive strength. Atlanta is yet to start scoring on a regular basis, but the return of Josef Martinez will be a huge help. On the other hand, Montreal has averaged almost two goals per match in their opening five matchups. The head-to-head record between these two teams shows an abundant number of high-scoring games. A total of 18 goals were yielded during those six clashes. So, take the Over here.