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Jul 31, 2021 at 1am UK at Florida Citrus Bowl
Orlando CityOrlando City
3-2
AtlantaAtlanta United
Smith (43'), van der Water (79'), Nani (87')
Perea (64')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Martinez (1'), Moreno (66')
Franco (86')

Preview: Orlando City vs. Atlanta United - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between Orlando City and Atlanta United, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Looking to bounce back from respective defeats last time out, Orlando City and Atlanta United lock horns at the Exploria Stadium on Saturday.

The sides have had mixed starts to the new campaign, with the hosts currently 11 points and seven places above the visiting team.


Match preview

Orlando City head coach Oscar Pareja on May 8, 2021© Reuters

Orlando City failed to win away from home for the third match on the bounce as they were annihilated 5-0 by New York City FC on Friday.

Goals from Jesus Medina, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, Maxi Moralez, Malte Amundsen and Valentin Castellanos condemned Oscar Pareja to his worst defeat at the helm of affairs.

The Lions fielded a relatively weaker starting XI for the contest and were made to pay by a rampant opposing side who were in no mood to let them off.

Nonetheless, Saturday's hosts remain well-placed on the log with a tally of 25 points from 15 outings, which leaves them third in the Eastern Conference.

Next up is a clash against an Atlanta United side against whom they are unbeaten in the last six encounters involving the teams.

Atlanta United players react after Philadelphia Union scored an an own goal on June 20, 2021© Reuters

Atlanta United's wait for a third league win of the campaign goes on for the 10th consecutive game following a 1-0 loss to Columbus Crew on Saturday.

Jonathan Mensah came up with the game's only goal 20 minutes into the second period to secure a hard-fought victory for his side.

Away matches have proven to be a major Achilles heel for Rob Valentino's troops so far, with their eight outings yielding only five points and no wins.

The Five Stripes head into this weekend's tie eight points away from the last playoff place as the season approaches its midway point, and their performances on the road need to improve if they are to avoid missing out on the post season for the second consecutive year.

Orlando City Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W

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



Team News

Orlando City SC forward Nani celebrates with teammates after winning on June 26, 2021© Reuters

Brazilian defender Ruan made his return to action in the defeat to New York City FC following a 10-game layoff due to an abdominal strain.

Meanwhile, Alexandre Pato remains sidelined with a knee problem, which he sustained on his debut for the home side in April.

Emerson Hyndman and Franco Ibarra are major doubts for the contest as they continue to nurse hamstring and muscle injuries respectively.

Ezequiel Barco is with the Argentina national team at the Olympics in Tokyo, while the trio of Brad Guzan, George Bello and Miles Robinson are on duty with the United States at the Gold Cup.

A knee injury will rule Mohammed Adams out for a fourth consecutive game, denying him an opportunity to add to his three appearances this term.

Orlando City possible starting lineup:
Gallese; Moutinho, Smith, Schlegel, Jansson; Perea, Rosell, Pereyra; Mueller, Michel, Nani

Atlanta United possible starting lineup:
Kann; Lennon, Franco, Walkes, Hernandez; Rosseto, Sosa, Moreno; Martinez, Chol, Mulraney


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We say: Orlando City 2-1 Atlanta United

The home side will be expected to claim all three points against their struggling visitors, who have not fared well on the road this term. We anticipate a keenly contested affair, with the hosts just edging it by a narrow margin at the sound of the final whistle.



Top tip

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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England26175448301856
2Nashville SCNashville241011339231641
3New York City FCNY City24115843281538
4Orlando City2510873636038
5CF MontrealMontreal2510783630637
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta259973530536
7Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia249873125635
8DC United25104114136534
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2495102435-1132
10Columbus Crew2687113035-531
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2375112928126
12Chicago Fire2565142440-1623
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2448122444-2020
14Toronto2546152851-2318

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England26175448301856
2Nashville SCNashville241011339231641
3New York City FCNY City24115843281538
4Orlando City2510873636038
5CF MontrealMontreal2510783630637
6Atlanta UnitedAtlanta259973530536
7Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia249873125635
8DC United25104114136534
9Inter MiamiInter Miami2495102435-1132
10Columbus Crew2687113035-531
11New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls2375112928126
12Chicago Fire2565142440-1623
13FC CincinnatiCincinnati2448122444-2020
14Toronto2546152851-2318

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