Our football match prediction:
Atlanta United and Toronto face each other at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in what is expected to be a real football festival. The Five Stripes recorded three consecutive wins over the likes of Los Angeles Galaxy, Montreal Impact and Philadelphia Union at home in September, but they are on a three-game winless run in MLS ahead of Sunday’s football match against Toronto. The Reds, on the other hand, sit in top position in the Eastern Conference and they are eyeing their third straight victory in the Major League Soccer. Jozy Altidore scored the winner against Montreal Impact at the weekend and he is likely to keep his place up front, alongside Sebastian Giovinco. The Italy international missed a penalty in the 1-0 win over Montreal, but the team’s top scorer is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders in Sunday’s clash at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Toronto have been in a much better form of late than Atlanta United and away win should be considered.
Highligted Player (Josef Martinez):
Josef Alexander Martinez Mencia started his senior career at Caracas, but he made no more than 36 league appearances for the Venezuelan outfit from 2010 to 2012. Martinez then moved to Europe and the 170-cm tall striker scored 4 goals in 34 appearances for the capital club. In the 2013/2014 season he played for fellow Swiss outfit Thun (on loan) and on June 7, 2014 he signed a contract with Serie A team Torino. In December, 2017 Josef Martinez scored his first ever goal in the Italian top flight in a 2-2 draw with Palermo. The Venezuela international currently plays (on loan) for Atlanta United in MLS and he made his debut for Gerardo Martino’s team against New York Red Bulls. Speaking of his international career, Martinez made his Venezuela debut against El Salvador, coming from the bench after 76 minutes. On November 10, 2016 he scored a hat-trick for La Vinotinto in a thrilling 5-0 victory over Bolivia and it has to be noted that he has four caps (two goals) for Venezuela U20 team.
Highlighted Team (Toronto FC):
Toronto are a club based in Canada, but they have been competing in Major League Soccer since 2007. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment own both the soccer club and National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs. BMO Field is the club’s home ground and the capacity of the stadium is 30.000. The Canadian outfit impressed in the 2016 MLS Cup and they faced Seattle Sounders in the title game at BMO Field. However, the Canadians were more than unfortunate not to lift the silverware as they were beaten by the Sounders on penalties. Speaking of the Canadian Championship, Toronto FC won their fifth domestic title in 2016, with the team beating Vancouver Whitecaps in the final of the tournament. Montreal Impact are considered the club’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks in meetings between the two Canadian sides. Toronto FC’s home kit is red and it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Reds. It has to be noted that the club was founded back in 2005.