As powerful as Atlanta United FC has been for the 2018 Major League Soccer season Orlando City SC could not be more opposite. Indeed, Orlando City SC is mired in yet another year of misery. Sadly, that has been the norm for this bottom feeding MLS franchise that has wallowed near the bottom of the standings since its reformation in 2015.
Atlanta United FC remains in top form as the first place team in the Eastern Conference but can’t let up with both the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC trailing right behind.
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2018 MLS Atlanta United FC vs. Orlando City SC on ESPN
Date and Time: Friday, August 24, 2018, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, Florida
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Atlanta United FC vs. Orlando City SC TV Coverage: ESPN and ESPN Deportes
Dropping Like a Rock
free fall that has put them in the basement of the Eastern Conference along with the Chicago Fire. Orlando has a record of 24 games played with seven wins, two draws, and 15 losses. Their goal differential is an abysmal -20, which is the worst in the Eastern Conference. Overall Orlando City SC has lost four of their five August matches to go with one draw. Since May 6 Orlando City SC has just one win with 13 losses and a draw. It has been an abysmal performance that has gamblers chomping at the bit to oppose them. Overall Orlando City SC ranks 14th for goals scored and 23 rd for goals conceded. It is that horrible defense that has most served to ruin their season.
Atlanta United FC on the other hand has three wins and two draws for the month of August. Overall their record this season in 25 games is 15 wins, six draws, and four losses with an Eastern Conference best +24 on goal differential. Atlanta United FC hasn’t lost a match since July 4 and has a six-game unbeaten streak. They are the top scoring team in the MLS and rank third for goals conceded.
Orlando City SC is led by forward Dom Dwyer. So far this season Dwyer has posted 11 goals in 17 matches. Also figuring strong for Orland City SC is Sacha Kijestan. The midfielder has five assists in 21 matches on the year. Atlanta United FC boasts one of the best and most dynamic players in the MLS with forward Josef Martinez. So far in 2018 Martinez has posted 27 goals in 25 matches to go with three assists. Last year he scored 19 goals in 20 games for Atlanta United FC. Additionally, defender Miguel Almiron has added nine goals and nine assists in 25 matches.
Head to Head
Atlanta United FC has won both matches between these two teams this season. On May 13 they scored a 2-1 win at Orlando City SC and followed that up with a dominant 4-0 blowout win at home on June 30. In that second match Josef Martinez scored one goal while Miguel Almiron scored two more. Atlanta United FC controlled that second match with a total of 61% possession time while forcing Orlando City SC into having to make six saves. In the first match Josef Martinez scored a goal while Atlanta United FC was surprisingly outplayed. Orland City outshot them 11-8.
Atlanta United FC vs. Orlando City SC Free Picks
This simply is not a good matchup for Orlando City SC. Their terrible defense will be up against the best offensive team in the MLS. Josef Martinez should score at least once. The recent form of both teams points to a big night for Atlanta United FC.
Atlanta United FC vs. Orlando City SC Pick: Bet the money line on Atlanta United FC
Atlanta United FC vs. Orlando City SC Score Prediction: Atlanta United FC 3, Orland City SC 0
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