When the Columbus Crew hosts Atlanta United in game three of that series from Lower.com Field on Sunday. We will find out which side advances to the semi-final stage of the MLS Cup playoffs.
This pivotal game was made possible by the Five Stripes’ earlier this week 4-2 triumph at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which evened the series at one.
Columbus Crew vs Atlanta United
This is what the 2023 season of Atlanta United is all about. In a match that saw the Columbus Crew and the Five Stripes trade blows in the first two games, Game 3 will determine the outcome.
In one way or another, this game promises to be considerably different from Game 1 even though it is back on Columbus’ home turf. To begin with, Thiago Almada will not serve a suspension. Thanks to Tuesday night’s 4-2 victory over the Crew, Atlanta has gained some momentum and confidence. As we all saw, his presence—or lack thereof—made a huge difference between Game 1 and Game 2.
Gonzalo Pineda’s team had a difficult time proving it could defeat Columbus at all, but once that obstacle has been decisively removed, expectations for Game 3 must be very high.
Still, it won’t be quite that simple. The Five Stripes’ must-win mentality will carry over to Columbus, and Atlanta won’t be able to dominate away from home like it did on Tuesday. Erasing careless errors from the backline will be crucial for Atlanta, as they will be chasing a goal with all of their might and their supporters cheering them on.
Though it’s hard to predict anything except a home victory, their cheap pricing isn’t particularly enticing. Simply put, Atlanta United lacks the playmakers needed to overcome the odds. The hosts have won 11 of their last 14 home games going into the matchup.
The hosts have been taking full advantage of a new purple patch on their property. In 13 of their last 15 home games, Columbus Crew has scored two goals or more, and they are rarely caught off guard. In the last six games played at home, they have only let up two goals. They’ll probably take this as a chance to maintain their clean sheet.
In fact, Atlanta United have given up a goal in their last ten games. It might be the cause of their having to receive an F. They have had numerous encounters. Columbus Crew has prevailed seven times in the last 11 meetings between the two teams. Despite Columbus Crew’s bias, the bookies predict that neither team will win this game with a clean sheet.
While they could not get the job done in game two, the Crew seem to be a lot more comfortable defensively at home, and we believe that the raucous crowd and the scoring form of Cucho will propel them into the next round
Tip: Atalanta to Win / BTTS (NO)
Atalanta to Win – ❌
BTTS (No) – ❌
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