On Saturday night, Atlanta United will host FC Cincinnati at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The 5-Stripes are only one point behind Cincinnati in fifth place in the Eastern Conference going into the game. Last weekend, Atlanta and Cincinnati had different outcomes: Atlanta drew 2-2 with the Philadelphia Union, while Cincinnati suffered a road loss at CF Montreal. Atlanta and Cincinnati, tied for the league lead with just seven goals allowed, will square off against one of the greatest defenses in the league. Miles Robinson, a former center back for Atlanta who joined Cincinnati in the offseason, will also make his comeback in this match. Let’s examine the Home Depot-sponsored Tools to the Match vs FC Cincinnati.

Atlanta United’s offense is still among the best in Major League Soccer (MLS), having scored 11 goals in their last four home games. Before this weekend, the squad was ranked in the top 10 in several attacking categories, including shots on goal (40; T-9th), predicted goals (15.72; 5th), and goals scored (12; T-9th). Being even more clinical in front of goal on Saturday against a formidable defense like Cincinnati’s will be essential to victory.

Atlanta continues to generate a lot of scoring opportunities, particularly at home. Three of this season’s four home games have seen the 5-Stripes record 17 crucial passes. The club will need to be clinical in the final third and score several goals to defeat Cincinnati if they can generate that many scoring opportunities on Saturday.

This season, Cincinnati’s offense has gotten off to a slow start. In eight games thus far this season, the club has only managed eight goals. As of this weekend, their eight goals tie them for 23rd place in the MLS. With his three goals, midfielder Yuya Kubo has surprised everyone by emerging as the team’s top scorer. Striker Aaron Boupendza, one of the team’s designated players, has only scored two goals this season.

The current MLS MVP, Luciano Acosta, is one player who keeps upping his game. Fans of Atlanta United are familiar with Acosta because the cunning midfielder has scored and assisted on numerous goals against the 5-Stripes in the past. On Saturday night, Tristan Muyumba and Bartosz Slisz of Atlanta’s center midfield will have a crucial role to play in limiting Acosta’s efficiency in the final third. Atlanta will have a strong chance to maintain three points at home if it can stop Acosta.

Atlanta frequently took advantage of Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s width to its advantage this past Sunday against Philadelphia, attacking the Union on the wings. Thiago Almada and Brooks Lennon combined on the right, and Almada fired a precise cross to the box, where Daniel Ríos nodded the goal to open the score. That was the ideal illustration of Atlanta’s opening goal. This season, Atlanta’s right side has been one of their main advantages.

This season, the club has scored nine goals from open play, with five coming from the right side and three from the left. With a 53.6% completion percentage, which ranks second in the MLS, that right side has produced some of the league’s most precise crosses heading into this weekend. Atlanta should win at home again if it can maintain its success on the wings this weekend and exploit Cincinnati’s defense.

Fans can watch the action live from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV. Listen to Sports Radio 92.9 The Game (English) or La Mejor – AM 1600 (Spanish) to hear the action on the radio.

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