DC United vs Atlanta United Match Analysis & Prediction
21/09/2023 2:30 am
DC United will be looking to solidify their spot in the MLS playoffs when they welcome Atlanta United to Audi Field on Thursday morining.
Heading into the midweek contest, the hosts occupy ninth place in the standings, 10 points behind the visitors, who are currently up in sixth.
DC United are still fighting for a place in the playoffs as the MLS season approaches its back end, currently sitting in the last playoff spot, two points clear of 10th-placed Chicago Fire, who have a game in hand at their disposal.
Wayne Rooney’s side have taken 35 points from their 29 matches so far this season, but they have often struggled at Audi Field, having picked up 20 points in 14 home games, the fourth-worst record in the division.
However, that record has started to improve in recent times, with DC United taking eight points from their last five home games, beating Chicago Fire 4-0 at the beginning of the month, with Christian Benteke bagging a brace.
That victory was the start of a solid run from a defensive perspective, with DC United keeping clean sheets in each of their last three matches, but they have struggled on the front foot in their last two games, drawing both 0-0.
Last time out, the Black and Red played out a goalless draw away at Charlotte FC, but they may feel they should have taken more from the game given that they had six shots on target, while their opponents recorded just two.
However, DC United may find it difficult to extend their run of matches without conceding a goal to four, as Atlanta United are the joint-second top scorers across both MLS Conferences this season, having scored 56 goals in 29 games.
Thanks to their solid record in front of goal, Atlanta are comfortable inside the playoff spots, having collected a total of 45 points, which leaves them nine points clear of eighth-placed FC Montreal.
Atlanta United have continued to impress since the MLS season resumed in August, collecting 10 points from their last five matches, with their only defeat coming against top-of-the-table FC Cincinnati, in what was a closely-contested game.
Last time out, Gonzalo Pineda’s side claimed a 5-2 victory at home against US Open Cup winners Inter Miami, who were without the services of Lionell Messi due to a muscle injury, and they are now tasked with following that performance up on the road.
DC United vs. Atlanta United Head to head
In the 15 previous meetings between these two teams, DC United have claimed six victories while Atlanta United have won nine. Atlanta have scored 28 goals and conceded 21 in the process.
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DC United Team News
DC United will be without Mohanad Jeahze, with the defender missing due to a calf injury, while Tyler Miller and Martin Rodriguez are also sidelined with injury issues.
Rooney is unlikely to make any changes in defence, but Nigel Robertha could replace Jose Fajardo in attack, as the Panama international has not scored in his last four MLS matches.
DC United's Last 5 Matches
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Atlanta United Team News
Atlanta United have a couple of injury absentees, with Osvaldo Alonso and Jamal Thiare unable to play any part in Thursday’s game.
The only change Pineda may be tempted to make is at left-wing, as Tyler Wolff scored after being brought on as a substitute against Inter Miami, so the 20-year-old may be given the nod over Xande Silva.
Atlanta United's Last 5 Matches
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