The Five Stripes travel to Orlando City this Sunday evening in a crucial Eastern Conference match. Here is the Atlanta United predicted starting XI.
The third game in just eight days has stretched the Five Stripes, especially in defense, as injuries and suspensions have shuffled the line-up for Coach Tata Martino.
Both teams have experienced a great start to the 2018 season and these two regional rivals will look to gain an advantage in the conference standings. Atlanta is looking to stay atop the Eastern Conference, while Orlando is seeking to join the Eastern elite with a signature win.
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Atlanta dropped a tough match at home on Wednesday night to the Western Conference leaders Sporting KC. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan was sent off and Atlanta was unsuccessful in converting a pair of late Kevin Kratz free-kicks to earn any points in the match, despite a brave effort with the numerical disadvantage. Atlanta still leads the Eastern Conference with 22 points from a 7-2-1 record, but now trail SKC by just one point for the Supporter’s Shield.
Orlando last played at home over the weekend and took a decisive 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake to move into third place in the Eastern Conference. The Lions hold a 6-2-1 record on the season and have experienced a revival of home form they haven’t seen in recent seasons. A playoff spot has been elusive for Orlando City in their few seasons and a big result over their fierce regional rival would be a huge step towards that goal.
Here is the predicted starting XI for Sunday night’s crucial match.