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MLS: Toronto vs Atlanta United: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :March 21, 2024 at 6:31 PM
Modified at :March 21, 2024 at 6:31 PM
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Novojyoti Bhattacharjee


Several players will be unavailable for this match for both teams

Despite losing the last match to New York City, Toronto FC have made an impressive start to the season. The team currently occupy the fifth position in the table. They have shown an improvement in their performance this season after finishing at the lower levels last season. In the four matches Toronto have played so far, they have won two, drawn one and lost one. To get back on winning ways, John Herdman will be looking for a reaction from this match. 

Atlanta United FC have won the last two matches after suffering a defeat against Columbus in the MLS season opener. With two wins and one defeat, they sit in the seventh position. In their last match, they defeated Orlando City by a 2-0 margin. Several key players will be unavailable for this match because their national teams have called them. 

Kick-Off:

Sun, 24 March at 5:00 AM IST

Location- BMO Field

Form:

Toronto FC (in all competitions): L-W-W-D-L

Atlanta United FC (in all competitions): W-W-L-L-W

Player to Watch

Lorenzo Insigne (Toronto FC) 

Lorenzo Insigne has scored two goals from four matches to start the season brilliantly. Since signing for the club, he has made 37 appearances for the team scoring 13 goals. As a creative player, Lorenzo Insigne will aim to play an important role this season, drifting from the left side to cut inside using his right foot. Free kicks are deadly for him, and he can score some spectacular goals as well. 

Saba Lobzhanidze (Atlanta United FC) 

Having developed an impressive partnership with Almada and Giakoumakis, the Georgian international has been an important part of the team this season. He opened the scoring against Orlando with a wonderful strike in the top corner in the last match. Having many players on international duty, he will be given the task of bringing creativity and scoring chances to the team. He has made 15 appearances for the team scoring four goals. 

Match Facts

  • Toronto FC lost to New York City FC in the last match
  • Atlanta United FC defeated Orlando City in the last match by 2-0
  • Atlanta United FC are coming into this tie on the back of two straight wins

Injury and Teams News

Toronto FC squad has been hit by several injuries. Servania, Osorio, Gomis, Petretta, Laryea, and Johnson are all out for this match. 

In Atlanta United FC’s case, six players have been called up by their national teams and will not be available for this match. The players who will represent their national teams in their respective matches are Luis Abram, Thiago Almada, Ajani Fortune, Giorgos Giakoumakis, Bartosz Slisz, and Caleb Wiley. 

Head-to-Head 

Total Matches- 15

Toronto FC- 5

Atlanta United FC- 4

Draw- 6

Predicted Lineup for Toronto vs Atlanta United

Toronto FC Predicted lineup (3-4-2-1):

Gavran; O’Neill, Long, Rosted; Brenardeschi, Flores, Coello, Marshall-Rutty; Longstaff, Insigne; Owusu

Atlanta United FC Predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):

Guzan; Lennon, Gregersen, Williams, Cobb; Muyumba, Morales; Lobzhanidze, Torres, Silva; Thiare

Match Prediction for Toronto vs Atlanta United

Considering that they will be missing several key players in this match, Toronto FC will be in strong hands against Atlanta United FC. Atlanta United will present a huge challenge for them to cause a surprise in this match, however, so they have a golden chance to continue their impressive form this season. 

Prediction: Toronto FC 1-0 Atlanta United FC

Telecast for Toronto vs Atlanta United

India- Apple TV

UK- Apple TV

US- Apple TV

Nigeria- Apple TV

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