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Oct 28, 2021 at 12.30am UK at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
AtlantaAtlanta United
2-1
Inter MiamiInter Miami
Araujo (59'), Martinez (74')
Walkes (21'), Guzan (90+5'), Torres (90+5')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Higuain (32' pen.)
Figal (24'), Gonzalez Pirez (37'), Chapman (55'), Leerdam (57'), Higuain (67')

Preview: Atlanta United vs. Inter Miami - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Major League Soccer clash between Atlanta United and Inter Miami, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Looking to pick up a third consecutive victory, Inter Miami visit the Mercedes Benz Stadium on Thursday to face off against Atlanta United.

The hosts currently hold a five-point lead over the visitors who are looking to make a late push to secure a playoff spot as the regular season enters into its final knockings.


Match preview

Atlanta United FC forward Josef Martinez (7) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against DC United at Audi Field on August 24, 2021© Reuters

Atlanta United were denied a fifth home win on the bounce following a 1-1 stalemate against New York City FC on Thursday.

Gonzalo Pineda's men took the lead in the 17th minute through Marcelino Moreno and were set to claim all three points before Gudmundur Thorarinsson restored parity in the final minute of normal time.

Currently seventh in the Eastern Conference, albeit only on goal difference, the Five Stripes are on course to reach the postseason, but there is still work to do with three round of matches still left to play.

Lying in store next for them is a crunch clash versus an opposing side who they have beaten just once in the last six meetings between the teams.

However, that solitary victory came in the most recent encounter last month, when Thursday's hosts claimed a narrow 1-0 triumph.

Inter Miami CF teammates celebrate on June 26, 2021© Reuters

Inter Miami were victorious on home turf for the second home game running courtesy of an emphatic 5-1 win over FC Cincinnati on Sunday.

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice either side of a Brandon Vazquez leveller to put his side in control before further goals from Indiana Vassilev, Lewis Morgan and Julian Carranza saw Phil Neville's men run riot at the DRV PNK Stadium.

Following a six-game losing run, the Herons have amassed six of the subsequent six points available, but it appears to be too little too late, as they are five points off the last playoff spot having played an extra game.

Thursday's visitors, who have scored the fewest goals away from home in the entire conference, will need to get going at the attacking end if they are to come out on top and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Atlanta United Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • D

Inter Miami Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • W



Team News

Marcelino Moreno has found the back of the net in each of his last two matches and will look to continue his fine form in front of goal.

Moreno's strike partner Josef Martinez scored the winner in September's clash between the sides and is expected to be recalled back into the starting XI after having to make do with a cameo off the bench last time out.

Following his brace versus Cincinnati, Gonzalo Higuain has now scored 11 times in 28 outings for the away side while also supplying nine assists in that time.

Kieran Gibbs and Ryan Shawcross will both miss the game through injury, and they are joined on the sidelines by Joevin Jones, Jorge Figal and Victor Ulloa.

Atlanta United possible starting lineup:
Guzan; Walkes, Franco, Robinson; Lennon, Rossetto, Sosa, Bello; Araujo, Martinez, Moreno

Inter Miami possible starting lineup:
Marsman; Shea, Makoun, Mabika, Leerdam; Gregore, Matuidi, F.Higuain; G.Higuain, Morgan, Pizarro


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We say: Atlanta United 2-1 Inter Miami

With a playoff place on the cards for both sides, we expect an enthralling and end-to-end affair with neither team prepared to settle for a point. We are also backing the hosts to emerge victorious at the end of the 90 minutes.



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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England34227565412473
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia341412848351354
3Nashville SCNashville341218455332254
4New York City FCNY City341491156362051
5Atlanta UnitedAtlanta34131294537851
6Orlando City34131295048251
7New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34139123933648
8DC United34145155654247
9Columbus Crew34138134645147
10CF MontrealMontreal341210124644246
11Inter MiamiInter Miami34125173653-1741
12Chicago Fire3497183654-1834
13Toronto34610183966-2728
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3448223774-3720

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England34227565412473
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia341412848351354
3Nashville SCNashville341218455332254
4New York City FCNY City341491156362051
5Atlanta UnitedAtlanta34131294537851
6Orlando City34131295048251
7New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34139123933648
8DC United34145155654247
9Columbus Crew34138134645147
10CF MontrealMontreal341210124644246
11Inter MiamiInter Miami34125173653-1741
12Chicago Fire3497183654-1834
13Toronto34610183966-2728
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati3448223774-3720

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