Our prediction for this MLS match:
Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host Sunday’s MLS game between Atlanta United and Columbus Crew. The Five Stripes head into the match following back-to-back draws with New England Revolution and Nashville, and, no doubt, they aim to return to winning ways as soon as possible. Experienced attacker Dom Dwyer is pushing for a start, while all Miles Robinson, Brad Guzan, Dylan Castanheira, Osvaldo Alonso, Josef Martinez, and Machop Chol should miss out with injuries.
The Black & Gold, on the other hand, failed to impress in back-to-back defeats to New York City and Los Angeles FC, which is probably the main reason why we are going to put our money on the Five Stripes. As for the visiting side, both Marlon Hairston and Kevin Molino continue to miss out with injuries, but there are no suspended players ahead of the trip to Atlanta.
Highlighted Player (Josef Martinez):
Josef Martinez 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 (Columbus Crew):
Columbus Crew are an American soccer club based in Columbus, Ohio. The Black & Gold participate in the Eastern Conference and in 2008 they won both the conference and the MLS CUP final. Columbus Crew defeated New York Red Bulls in the MLS Cup final, with the likes of Moreno, Marshall and Hejduk scoring for the Black & Gold in the title game.
The club welcome their rivals at Mapfre Stadium, the venue which was opened on May, 15 1999. The current capacity of the stadium is 19.968 and it has to be noted that Mapfre Stadium is the first soccer-specific venue ever built for a MLS club.
A number of high-profile players were part of Columbus Crew in the past, but Guillermo Barros Schelotto is the most famous footballer that wore the black and yellow shirt. Schelotto played for Columbus Crew from 2007 to 2010 and during his spell with the Mapfre Stadium outfit the Black & Gold won the aforementioned MLS Cup.