New York City FC vs. Atlanta United Prediction and Picks: First Round MLS Playoffs
When: Sunday 21 November, 3 pm ET
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
The 2021 Major League Soccer playoffs will get underway this weekend, with every team involved plotting a route to lifting the MLS Cup. New York City FC and Atlanta United are two clubs with significant pedigree, and so their meeting at Yankee Stadium on Sunday will certainly be one to watch.
Ronny Deila'sDeila's team has enjoyed peaks and suffered dips this year but now looks to be playing with confidence, while the same could also be said of Atlanta United. Here are some tips and information ahead of the MLS playoffs first-round match between NYC FC and Atlanta United on Sunday 21 November.
NYC FC enters the playoffs on the back of a five-match unbeaten run. What'sWhat's more, Deila'sDeila's side has lost just one of their last 13 home matches in the league, hinting at the home advantage they will enjoy at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. The unique dimensions of the field make it one of the most challenging venues to visit in MLS.
There have been under 2.5 total goals scored in eight of NYC FC'sFC's last 10 MLS matches, although they boast the regular season's top scorer in the form of Valentin Castellanos. If the 23-year-old can carry his goalscoring form into the playoffs, New York City FC could be a force to be reckoned with.
However, Atlanta United also looks to be in good shape, having gone their last six league matches without suffering defeat. The last meeting between these two teams at Yankee Stadium (in June 2021) ended with the home side claiming all three points, but Atlanta United looks to have improved since then.
Josef Martinez capped his regular season with a stunning finish against FC Cincinnati on Decision Day. This is a first-round playoff match that could be decided by which goalscorer is currently playing with the sharper edge. If Martinez can find top form, Atlanta United stands a real chance of making the Eastern Conference final.