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Atlanta United vs. Los Angeles FC Prediction: Five Stripes Missing Key Players

Written by: Angelo Zarra
Published May 24, 2024
5 min read

Saturday evening will see Los Angeles FC travel across the country to take on Atlanta United at Mercedes Benz Stadium. This weekend's meeting will be the fifth time ever that these two will clash against each other, With the Five Stripes possessing the slight advantage winning on two occasions while splitting the points once.

Atlanta United are coming off a hard-fought draw against Nashville SC on the road last weekend. That was the Five Strips' third point collected in six MLS away affairs. Bartosz Slisz found the back of the net in the 56th minute to help rescue Atlanta a much-needed point. Slisz's goal was the first of the campaign and the club's first away goal since April 6th.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles FC are coming off their second clean-sheet victory, winning in St. Louis last weekend. Contributing to the score sheet was the sniper Denis Bouanga in the 59th and 95th minute. The victory last Saturday has put LAFC in a successful stretch winning four of its last five competitive matches in all competitions.

Here, we will break down the betting odds and share our favorite picks for Atlanta United vs. Los Angeles FC.

Atlanta United vs. Los Angeles FC betting odds for Saturday, May 25

The books see this clash as close to evenly matched up as it can be. The draw-no-bet market is not even giving the home side in this skirmish an advantage as for Atlanta and Los Angeles to win or draw for a returned stake, is priced at -120 for both participants.

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Draw No Bet Odds
Atlanta United -120
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Los Angeles FC -120
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Atlanta United vs Los Angeles FC Prediction

Atlanta United vs. Los Angeles FC Betting Predictions

Atlanta United Preview

Atlanta was dealt a tough blow as they will be without their two household names upfront Thiago Almada and Georgios Giakoumakis due to injury. Their absences will be felt due to the fact they have eight goals combined between the two players, making up for just over half the total goals the Five Stripes have notched so far in the campaign.

Filling the void upfront is 31-year-old Jamal Thiaré. In 253 minutes played in 2024, Thiaré has hit the back of the net on three instances. Jamal is making the most of his opportunities when he’s presented with them, per 90 minutes his right-footed darts are finding their way towards the net averaging 1.42 shots on target.

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Los Angeles FC Preview

The most lethal attacker on this roster is Denis Bouanga, who leads the club in the goals department with eight. Not only can the Gambian international devastate the opposition, but he can also pick apart the defense to set up a goal as he has five assists to his account in 2024. Last season when LAFC hosted Atlanta, Bouanga was all over the 18-yard box bombarding the opposing keeper with eight total shots made with four hitting the target.

Through 13 MLS matches this campaign, Timothy Tillman has equaled his goal tally from last year, bagging four goals. The American midfielder is enjoying a splendid start to 2024. As impressive as his offensive numbers are, his defensive stats deserve all the praise also. The 25-year-old leads his peers at midfield in tackles won with 33 and also has close to a league-best with the most duels won with 102.

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Atlanta United vs. Los Angeles FC - My Pick

At first thought, it's hard to back Atlanta in this encounter as stated above with two key pieces up front missing in action. That said backing the Five Stripes is more about siding with a stronger home team rather than a weak away-performing club like LAFC. The Boys in Gold in six MLS away tilts have only accumulated four points. Burying the ball in the net has also haunted this squad currently averaging 1.17 goals per game away from home. Mercedes Benz Stadium hasn’t been the home fortress like it used to be compared to other campaigns, but still, Atlanta has more than it takes to grab a result at home which they have done in 57 percent of their home matches up to date.

How to Watch Atlanta United vs. Los Angeles FC Pick

  • When: Saturday, May 25 at 7.30 p.m ET

  • Where: Mercedes Benz Stadium

  • TV: Apple TV

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Angelo Zarra

Soccer Betting Analyst

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Hailing from the great white north in Canada, over the last 15 years, Angelo has been wagering on sports and, more specifically, the sport that’s in his blood, soccer. Well-versed in soccer leagues across the globe, keeping tabs on what’s happening in the world of soccer. Since 2022, Angelo has published MLS betting previews on various websites, including on Major League Soccer's official betting page for a short while. Through the power of social media, Angelo has been invited to talk soccer betting on national TV & radio on Sports Grid. In Angelo’s free time, he can be found walking his dog and lounging at home watching any game that's on while enjoying his second favourite thing after sports: food! 
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