Our prediction for this MLS match:
Atlanta United will be aiming to build on a thrilling 4-0 win over DC United when they take on Orlando City at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Five Stripes produced their best performance of the season at the weekend, with the team keeping their playoffs hopes alive. Even though key attacker Josef Martinez remains on the sidelines with a long-term injury, we predict that the hosts are going to find the net in the midweek fixture.
Moreno and Torres are injured as well, while Barco and Rossetto are rated doubtful. The Lions, on the other hand, continue life without Portugal international Joao Moutinho, who suffered a serious injury, with Spaniard Orio Rosell being tested positive for coronavirus. Midfielder Sebastian Mendez returns from suspension. Anyhow, both teams to score betting option should be considered as the visitors netted 11 goals in total in the previous five games in the Major League Soccer.
Highlighted Player (Justin Meram):
Over the years Justin Meram has established himself as one of the best Iraqi footballers. The centre forward, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, was born in Shelby Charter Township, Michigan on December 4, 1988, but he represents Iraq on the international stage.
During his college career Justin Meram played for the likes of Yavapai Roughriders and Michigan Wolverines and in 2011 he joined MLS club Columbus Crew. Meram scored 37 goals in 188 appearances for the club in MLS before signing a deal with Orlando City in January, 2018.
The Iraq international made his debut for the Lions in a 1-1 draw with DC United on March 4 and he scored his first goal for the club on May 14 in a 2-1 loss to Atlanta United. As for his international career, Justin Meram made his Iraq debut in November, 2014 in a 1-0 defeat to Kuwait. The Orlando City attacker wears the number 9 shirt.
Highlighted Team (Orlando City):
Orlando City are a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer. The Lions have been participating in the major league since 2015 and they host their rivals at Orlando City Stadium. The venue was opened in February, 2017 and the construction of the stadium cost $155 million. Orlando City finished the 2015 MLS season in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and they failed to make it to the play-offs in the 2016 season as well (8th place).
Brazilian ace Kaka is undisputedly the club’s most famous player and the former Real Madrid and Milan man became the highest-paid player in MLS history. His base salary was $6.6 million per year and it has to be noted that the Brazilian superstar found the net on his Orlando City debut against FC Dallas (friendly). Orlando City’s home kit is violet, while they wear white and violet shirts and white socks on the travels. The club’s official mascot is Kingston the Lion.