Saturday Major League Soccer action from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as Atlanta take on Nashville.
Saturday's clash between Atlanta and Nashville, sees seventh take on sixth in the League.
This season's Major League Soccer campaign, has so far seen Atlanta United nine points
When Atlanta last turned out in the Major League Soccer, the result was a disappointing draw 1-1 against Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field. They will be hoping for a better result this time.
Atlanta are quickly becoming the Major League Soccer’s draw specialists, having recorded two in their last three meetings. They currently sit in seventh place, with a total of nine points having won two matches, drawn three games, and lost one game.
Playing at home, Atlanta have won two fixtures, drawn matches, and lost meetings.
A win in this fixture, would take Atlanta United’s points from 9 to 12, so far this season.
A solid defensive team
Defence begins with attack and Atlanta have defended well as a team, borne out by conceding five goals in their previous fixtures. Every player has contributed to them delivering a solid defensive display this Major League Soccer season. Despite delivering often average performance, their goal scoring stats have been good (7). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Damián Marcelino (3), Josef Alexander (2), and Emerson (1).
Nashville SC go into this fixture with 10 points secured
Nashville will be buoyant, following a 1-0 home win against Austin in their last fixture.
A draw statistic of four in six matches is not all bad, but unfortunately will not bring the success Gary Smith's men wishes for ultimately. They currently sit in sixth place, with a total of 10 points having won two meetings, drawn four fixtures, and lost matches.
Playing away from home, Nashville have won games, drawn one game, and lost meetings.
Victory for Nashville SC would take their points tally to 13 so far this season.
A solid defensive team
Nashville have conceded four goals so far, so their defence can be considered to be strong. The number of goals that a team scores can sometimes give a misleading impression of performance. Nashville have found the net seven times, but their performance at times this season has been average. This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Hany Abubakar (3), Jhonder Leonel (2), and Randall Enrique (2).
Atlanta United v Nashville SC Head-to-Head.
Atlanta and Nashville have faced each other three times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Atlanta’s favour (2 – 1). Further, home advantage has clearly been a huge positive factor for Atlanta in this fixture, as they have not lost to Nashville on the last two matches. In their most recent meeting of this fixture, it was September 2020, when Atlanta United walked away as 4-2 winners.
For Atlanta, Damián Marcelino contributed with three goals in 6 League fixtures this campaign, while Hany Abubakar has netted three goals in 6 League games this season for Nashville.
Other players of note for Atlanta are Josef Alexander and Emerson with goals each and for Nashville are Jhonder Leonel and Randall Enrique with two goals and two goals respectively.