New boys Atlanta can maintain playoff push
Revolution road form is holding them back
It would be a remarkable achievement for the new boys from Georgia who were sent off 100-1 shots in March to win the MLS Cup in their inaugural campaign.
Fast forward six months and Atlanta sit sixth – with games in hand over those above them – in the Eastern Conference and are 14-1 to complete a fairytale triumph.
A terrific home record has been the cornerstone of their bold first-season showing with seven wins garnered from their ten games in Georgia.
The latest of those home victories came on Sunday as they marked their swap from the Bobby Dodd Stadium to the 42,500-capacity Mercedez-Benz Stadium in great style.
Atlanta ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Dallas on their first appearance at their new home and they look to have a perfect opportunity to make it two wins from two against a travel-sick New England Revolution.
If New England could replicate their home form on the road they would be challenging conference leaders Toronto.
However, while they have claimed 32 points from a possible 32 at home, just three have been picked up from 13 games on their travels.
The Revolution have conceded a conference-high 28 goals on the road and scored just ten and against an Atlanta outfit who know their way to goal – they have netted 47 goals in 25 games – that spells danger.
Backing the hosts to triumph in a high-scoring encounter looks a wise play.
Atlanta and over 2.5 goals
2pts 6-5 general
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