New York City FC vs Atlanta United Odds Guide, Betting Preview, Tips: BTTS ‘No’ is Tempting

HeberAn important game in the Eastern Conference (10pm BST, Sunday; TV: Live on Sky Sports) sees the defending MLS Cup champions New York City FC look to maintain their march towards another playoff place. Opponents Atlanta United are in the lower mid table but a steady, if unspectacular start, means that they retain hopes of a place in the postseason.

Following the round of midweek games, NYCFC slipped down to third place following their extraordinary 4-4 draw away to Cincinnati. On Thursday, ATLUTD went down 2-1 to New York Red Bulls after leading until the 83rd minute. Atlanta United are in 11th, nine points behind Sunday’s opponents so should this preview expect an easy 90 minutes for the home side?

New York City are clear favourites for the three points and you can back the home side at a general 4/7 across most leading online bookmakers. The draw is the next option at best industry odds of 16/5 while a win for Atlanta United is on offer at a top price of 17/4.

There is a gap in the table between these two teams but does the form guide suggest that Atlanta have a chance of upsetting that match winner betting market? The answer is a tentative yes. NYCFC may be higher up in the standings, but Head Coach Nick Cushing’s side have won just once in their last five matches. In that time, New York City have drawn two and lost two.

Atlanta’s defeat to the Red Bulls was their second 2-1 loss in succession. In their last five games, Coach Gonzalo Pineda’s team have won two and lost three. There may be a gap in the standings, but the form guide is mixed in both camps and Atlanta will be hopeful of a draw at the least.

NYCFC’s Argentinean striker Valentin Castellanos is the club’s leading scorer at this stage of the season with eight goals in 13 games. His teammate Heber has scored just four times but two of those goals came against Cincinnati on Wednesday so he is finding some good touch.

For Atlanta, three players have each scored four goals at this stage of the season. Josef Martinez, Luiz Araujo and Ronaldo Cisneros are the trio who have found the net on four occasions.

Sunday’s first goalscorer market is a little slow to open following Atlanta’s game on Thursday night but those will be the men to watch, providing they start the game. There are some early odds for an anytime scorer option and they list Valentin Castellanos as the clear favourite at evens. In other prop bets, Both Teams to Score is available for Sunday’s fixture at a general 13/20. If you want to take the ‘no’ option on BTTS, this is quoted as big as 13/10 with one of the major bookies.

In the Total Goals betting, a stake Above the 2.5 line will currently pay out at 7/10. By lifting that one place, we can get best industry odds of 13/8 on Over 3.5 combined goals. The alternative could be to take Under 2.5 goals at a general 6/5 if you feel that the teams will produce a subdued 90 minutes.

That leaves us with a regular look at some Correct Score suggestions. Those expecting a comfortable 90 minutes for NYCFC can take the 3-1 home win which is on offer at 10/1. A 2-1 victory in favor of Atlanta United can be found at a top price of 31/2 while the 2-2 draw is available at a general 14/1.

Our Preview’s NYCFC vs ATLUTD Betting Tips Verdict

This looks to be a comfortable game on paper and, while Atlanta United are capable of challenging, it is tough to see past the home win. That means we should focus on the prop bets and this preview will start by looking at the scoring stats.

New York City were involved in an eight-goal thriller on Wednesday but, prior to that game against Cincinnati, they had scored just three times in their previous four. Over in the Atlanta United camp, the side have scored eight goals in their last five matches. Both Teams to Score would have dropped in on each of those five occasions but it might be tougher for the away side this time.

Against stronger opposition, Gonzalo Pineda’s men are finding it hard to break down the defenses. Their leading scorers are struggling to make an impact and we suspect that Atlanta will draw a blank. The ‘no’ bet on Both Teams to Score is, therefore, our first pick.

Our second and final betting tip switches to the player market. NYCFC’s Heber Araujo dos Santos is another player who has found it tough in front of goal this season. Two strikes in midweek should, however, give him some confidence and we’ll round off with an anytime goal selection for Heber at 11/8.

There is scope for an upset, but we feel New York City will not be making too many mistakes moving forward. You can take the home win, but these two betting tips for this preview would return better profits in what should be a comfortable 90 minutes for the hosts:

  • Both Teams to Score – bet ‘no’ @ best odds of 13/10 with BetVictor.
  • Heber Araujo dos Santos to score at any time @ biggest odds of 11/8 with BetVictor.