Atlanta United Fc Atl vs D.c. United D.c. Picks and Predictions May 11th 2024

Can Atlanta United Shake Off the Blues Against D.C. United?

It’s crunch time for Atlanta United as they prepare to host D.C. United this Saturday night, hoping to snap a frustrating five-game streak without a win. The team’s been struggling to find the back of the net, a problem highlighted by Giorgos Giakoumakis’ agonizingly close header that smacked the crossbar in the dying moments against Minnesota United. It’s been that kind of season: lots of shots, not enough goals.

The Stats Tell the Story

Atlanta’s been hammering away with a total of 159 shots this season, but the payoff? Just 14 goals from 10 matches. But here’s a glimmer of hope: most of these goals have come after the 60th minute. Could this hint at a potential game-changer in the late stages against D.C. United?

D.C. United’s Rollercoaster Defense

Switching focus to D.C. United, they’re sitting on a seesaw of performance. Their recent squander of a 2-0 lead to settle for a 2-2 draw against the Philadelphia Union is a part of a worrying trend of dropping points late in the game. This inconsistency might just be the weak link Atlanta can exploit.

Players to Keep an Eye On

Christian Benteke is on fire for D.C., notching 8 goals this season and sitting pretty among MLS’s top scorers. His knack for finding the net will be key for D.C. United. Meanwhile, Atlanta is banking on pivotal moments, like Giakoumakis’ near miss, turning into goals that can kickstart their season.

History and Mind Games

Historically, Atlanta has had the upper hand in this matchup, with a record of 5 wins, 0 draws, and 1 loss in their last six games against D.C. since 2021. This dominance could play a crucial role in boosting Atlanta’s confidence heading into the match.

What’s at Stake?

With both teams gearing up for this key showdown, Atlanta’s penchant for late goals could be their ace in the hole, especially against a D.C. team prone to late-game stumbles. It’s more than just a match; it’s a chance for Atlanta to end their drought and for D.C. to demonstrate they can hold on to a lead.

Coach Gonzalo Pineda of Atlanta United remains optimistic despite the recent setbacks. “Sure, it’s been a tough few games, but the stats are on our side, and we just need to keep believing,” Pineda remarked. “It’s about patience and sticking to our game plan.”

This Saturday’s face-off is set to be a defining moment for both clubs as they aim to set the tone for the rest of their seasons.

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U 3.5
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