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Oct 21, 2021 at 12.30am UK
AtlantaAtlanta United
1-1
NY CityNew York City FC
Moreno (17')
Franco (60'), Robinson (85')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Thorarinsson (90')
Moralez (24'), Sands (90+4')

Preview: Atlanta United vs. New York City FC - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Atlanta United vs. New York City FC - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Major League Soccer clash between Atlanta United and New York City FC, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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In search of a fifth consecutive home victory, Atlanta United welcome New York City FC to the Mercedes-Benz stadium on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the away side will be aiming to put an end to a five-game winless run with their last triumph coming over a month ago.


Match preview

Atlanta United picked up their first away win since August by beating Toronto FC 2-0 at the BMO Field on Sunday.

Goals in either half from forwards Luiz Araujo and Marcelino Moreno secured all three points for Gonzalo Pineda's men.

The Five Stripes have moved up to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings and currently possess a two-point cushion on teams outside the playoff places.

Awaiting them next is an opportunity to avoid a third straight defeat against an opposing side who would move ahead on the log should they manage to claim all three points.

With the regular season now in its final knockings, Thursday's hosts have little margin for error in their quest to book a spot in the postseason this term after missing out last season.

New York City FC were left empty-handed in the Hudson River Derby versus New York Red Bulls on Sunday, which ended 1-0 at the Red Bull Arena.

Christian Casseres opened the scoring in the third minute and that was enough to condemn Ronny Deila's men to an 11th league loss of the campaign.

Despite amassing only two points from their last five outings, the Pigeons sit just one point outside the last playoff place ahead of the regular season's final stretch.

Having picked up just 13 of their 40 points on the road, Thursday's visitors will need to improve their fortunes away from home to avoid being left behind by fellow playoff hopefuls.

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

New York City FC Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L

Team News

Atlanta's Ezequiel Barco was given his marching orders last time out, and the Argentine midfielder is suspended for this one.

The home side will also be without the services of 25-year-old Emerson Hyndman who is yet to feature this term due to a knee injury.

Ismael Tajouri grabbed the winning goal for the away side in the last meeting between Thursday's opponents and will be looking to deliver the goods once more.

Deila has now seen his side fail to score in four straight games, and we expect him to make some alterations to his attack with the likes of Santiago Rodriguez dropping to the bench from the last XI.

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

New York City FC possible starting lineup:
Johnson; Callens, Sands, Chanot; Thorarinsson, Moralez, Parks, Medina, Gray; Castellanos, Heber


We say: Atlanta United 1-1 New York City FC

Both teams have a lot to lose coming into this one, so we expect a cautious approach with neither side being too adventurous. We are also backing a share of the spoils with the sides settling for a point apiece in the end.


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